Arts & Sciences is the largest undergraduate and graduate program at Washington University in St. Louis, and is the center of intellectual life on campus.
The mission of Arts & Sciences is to be a leading center for teaching, learning and research, and extending the reach and effect of a liberal arts education while promoting excellence in scholarship and research.
Students from all seven schools within the university take classes through Arts & Sciences, fostering a community of interest and exploration geared toward gaining new perspectives on a rapidly changing world, with critical thinking and fundamental learning at the core of all studies.
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The College of Arts & Sciences provides the benefits of a liberal arts college in which students have close relationships with faculty, a multitude of course offerings and the intellectual freedom to explore various traditional and interdisciplinary pursuits. Faculty are committed to scholarship and produce ample opportunity for undergraduate students to explore academic research across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
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The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences awards all of the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. The school oversees graduate degrees and certificates administered by 29 departments, programs and centers in Arts & Sciences, and works closely with the Olin Business School, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Medicine and the Brown School in supervising their doctoral students. Since awarding the institution's first PhD in 1892, the goal of graduate education at Washington University has been to offer an intense academic experience to each individual student, training students to expand the frontiers of knowledge with original research and to make a meaningful difference in the world. The graduate school is committed to providing support for interdisciplinary and collaborative research to a diverse student body, and to providing opportunities for student leadership, service and professional development.
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University College is the adult, continuing education and professional studies division of Arts & Sciences. Part-time, evening students in the St. Louis area may attend Wash U through University College. Students can earn bachelor's, master's or associates' degrees or certificates, or take courses for personal enrichment. University College classes are taught by Washington University faculty and professionals from the St. Louis area. Courses are available in many formats, including:
- 16-week traditional semester courses taught on the WUSTL campus
- 8-week courses
- Fully-online courses
- Hybrid online courses
- Back-to-back courses taught on the same evening
- Weekend and ACTRAC accelerated courses
Enrollment is open, and no application is required to take undergraduate courses. When you earn your degree through University College, you receive your degree and diploma from Washington University.
University College hosts two preview nights, one in early August and one in early December, to give adults in the St. Louis area a chance to meet with faculty, staff, advisors and students and learn more about University College and its courses and programs. Learn more about University College Preview Nights.
As the community outreach arm of Arts & Sciences, University College can respond quickly to the needs of the St. Louis area. Lecture series, short courses, special audits and our Lifelong Learning Institute are a few noncredit opportunities available through University College. Many of these are free to the public and advertised on the University College website and posted on our Facebook page.
Summer School at Washington University is administered through University College. In addition to the traditional day and evening classes, the summer provides many opportunities, including the Summer Writers Institute for aspiring adult writers in creative nonfiction and multi-genre fiction; the High School Summer Scholars Program for high-achieving sophomores and juniors to live on campus and take Washington University classes; and the High School Summer Institutes for high school students to participate in three-week noncredit programs, including Writing and Pre-Medical Institutes.
The Brown School creates positive social change through its path-breaking research and educational excellence. The school’s collaborative and entrepreneurial community has a long tradition of service to society, and its rich intellectual history - which spans more than a century - has elevated the school to national prominence.
The school’s strength lies at the intersection of social work, public health and social development. It is recognized for pioneering the development and use of evidence-based approaches in research and in practice, for its interdisciplinary focus, and for its international emphasis — which is reflected in the geographic and cultural diversity of its student body.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program, ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report, is characterized by a flexible curriculum and a commitment to evidence-based practice. Through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Brown School also offers an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in social work.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers an innovative curriculum emphasizing transdisciplinary problem-solving, a unique educational approach that allows students to view and understand public health problems in-depth through the lens of many different disciplines.
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The Brown School offers a professional development program designed to serve the needs of those working in nonprofit, human service organizations. Courses are available to all members of the community, with discounts for Washington University faculty and staff, and recent Brown School graduates.
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The defining characteristic of the School of Engineering & Applied Science is an eagerness to cross boundaries in research and education. The School of Engineering & Applied Science is a leading engineering school in service to society, and our faculty and students develop innovative solutions for the most urgent challenges facing the world — sustainable energy, a cleaner environment, next-generation information technology and improved health care. We work with colleagues in medicine, social work, architecture and the sciences — both on our campus and around the world — to transform our vision of a better world into today’s reality. And we prepare students to become leaders in our global and increasingly technological society.
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The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is a collaboration in architecture, art and design education, dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research and exhibition.
The Sam Fox School’s tripartite structure allows the school to build on the strengths of each unit and draw on its combined energies and the resources of Washington University to chart innovative directions, create new knowledge, advance the theory and practice of its fields and address the social and environmental challenges of our time.
An education from the Sam Fox School is aided by its linkage with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, one of the oldest teaching museums in the country. Meaningful and direct interaction with works of art encourages cross-disciplinary exchange, critical thinking, visual literacy and social and intellectual inquiry into connections between art and life.
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Washington University School of Law brings together some of the world’s brightest students with highly accomplished faculty members from a wide range of academic institutions and disciplines. Areas of study cover time-honored traditional subjects as well as new and emerging legal areas. A rich variety of courses in substantive law and applied lawyering skills provides Washington University law students with the training necessary to excel in both legal reasoning and practice techniques. In addition to offering a curriculum leading to the JD degree, the School of Law offers multiple joint degree programs with other graduate schools on campus as well as a variety of advanced, post-JD degree programs.
The School of Law’s faculty members are powerful teachers and stimulating mentors who create scholarship, shape public policy and make law. More than leaders in the academic arena, law faculty members bring extensive “real world” know-how to their classrooms. Among their collective experiences: clerks to the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, assistant United States attorneys, counsels to congressional committees, lawyers for private firms, consultants to numerous foreign governments, expert witnesses before Congress and authors of casebooks and treatises on subjects such as immigration law, white-collar crime and family law.
Washington University School of Law offers some of the most rigorous lawyering skills training in the nation. The program offers an extraordinarily diverse set of clinical programs as well as one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful trial and oral advocacy programs. Both are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best.
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Throughout its 118-year history, Washington University School of Medicine has been committed to its mission of advancing human health through outstanding clinical care, innovative research and the education of tomorrow’s leaders in medicine, biomedical research, allied health, public health and health policy.
The School of Medicine offers a wide array of educational opportunities for degree-seeking students and those interested in preclinical, postgraduate or professional education. An education from Washington University School of Medicine, consistently ranked among the best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, provides graduates with solid opportunities for highly sought-after residencies and fellowships, engaging and challenging research endeavors, and successful, rewarding careers.
World-renowned faculty throughout the school’s departments and programs provide students with a supportive environment to acquire a scientific foundation and develop the skills, attitudes and commitments necessary for the pursuit of careers in science, medicine, allied and public health and health policy at the highest level. Washington University Physicians, the multispecialty group practice of faculty clinicians for the School of Medicine, delivers care to more than 430,000 children and adults annually through our clinical offices and partner hospitals throughout the region and provides abundant opportunities to learn from master clinicians.
Robust research initiatives are dedicated to nearly every area of biomedical research. Graduate and postdoctoral research studies are available through the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, a graduate consortium of faculty affiliated with 33 basic science and clinical departments in the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Olin Business School is an institution of leaders: distinguished research faculty; exhilarated, brilliant students; and successful, energized alumni.
Olin is home to a renowned four-year undergraduate business program, one of the top MBA programs in the nation and leading executive education programs in the United States and China.
Our 12 degree and nondegree programs emphasize rigorously analytical, critical-thinking skills; applied learning; global competence; and communication and collaboration skills – advancing today's business world and tomorrow's global leaders.
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