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We apply critical and creative thinking beyond the task at hand, testing new approaches to challenges facing our world. Tell us what you’re curious about, and we’ll help you make your mark:

From Biology: New research investigates evolutionary response in different lizard groups to hurricanes. 

Shanti A. Parikh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, lectures to a socially distanced hall of students in the background.

Expand your world.

ARTS & SCIENCES brings together people who value discovery, engagement, and action. Tell us what you're curious about, and we'll help you make your mark:

From Anthropology: Shanti Parikh, associate professor of anthropology, leads a class on the AIDS epidemic on the first day of the fall 2020 semester.

Find your community.

ARTS & SCIENCES brings together people who value discovery, engagement, and action. Tell us what you're curious about, and we'll help you make your mark:

From Campus: Students playing frisbee on campus.

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We’re motivated by a desire to discover solutions to big problems. Tell us what you’re curious about, and we’ll help you make your mark:

From Performing Arts: Under the artistic direction of Professor Cecil Slaughter, the WUDance Collective performs on campus and throughout the community. 

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Student Spotlight: Community Engagement

Three recent Arts & Sciences graduates share their experiences with community-engaged courses at Washington University. The courses took students outside of the classroom to work directly on local environmental advocacy, women's health issues, and more.

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We know that breakthroughs—scientific or creative, academic or personal—happen when ideas collide. At the intersection of it all is the College of Arts & Sciences—a school with no limits on what you can study, learn, and achieve.

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University administration is tracking developments with the COVID-19 outbreak and remains fully committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. All university communications regarding coronavirus may be found on the WashU Together website.

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Stories Of Incredible People, Research, Learning, and Leadership Happening In Arts & Sciences

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Featured Podcast:

Natural Gas in the New Bolivia

Revisit this episode with anthropologist Bret Gustafson, who discusses the complicated relationship between energy, politics, the environment, and indigenous rights. Gustafson's book "Bolivia in the Age of Gas" is now available through Duke University Press.

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Celebrating our fall 2020 graduates

The College of Arts & Sciences' fall 2020 virtual recognition ceremony features remarks from Dean Jennifer R. Smith and Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!