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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: archaeologist Sarah Baitzel studies how ancient humans in Peru shaped their lifeways, bodies, and identities through interactions with their social and natural surroundings

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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: biologists Joan Strassman and David Queller study the evolution of cooperation in a microbial eukaryote, the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum

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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 Campus: students pass in front of the Schnuck Pavilion, home of Environmental Studies, on the newly transformed east end of campus


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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.

Faculty Spotlight: Noah Cohan

Noah Cohan, lecturer in American Culture Studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and founding coordinator of the American Studies Association’s Sports Studies Caucus, examines contemporary sports culture to show how mass-mediated athletics are actually richly textured narrative entertainment, rather than merely competitive displays.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jason Green

Ervin Scholar and alum Jason Green, AB '03, who majored in political science and finance as an undergraduate, reflects on the influence of the program's founder, the late Dean McLeod, to his personal growth and commitment to public service. Green would later go on to work as associate counsel to President Barack Obama, whom he advised on legal, economic and domestic policy matters. Today, he is co-founder, senior vice president and general counsel of SkillSmart, a platform that connects job seekers with the right skill sets and experiences.


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Washington University in St. Louis invites nominations and applications for candidates to serve as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The Dean works closely with faculty, the Chancellor, and the Provost to maintain the highest standards of research, scholarship, and teaching, and to lead the school in furtherance of the University’s academic and institutional goals.

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Mud cores, rain gauges, and the hunt for climate data

Bronwen Konecky travels to tropical regions around the world gathering evidence of the geologic past. Using data from rain samples and sediment deep at the bottom of lakes, she is piecing together a story about Earth's climatic history – and what it can tell us about our planet's future.

“A wounding of an education”

Writer, activist, and creative writing instructor Deborah Taffa reflects on her Native American heritage — and the intergenerational burden of trauma — in an upcoming memoir.

Student delegates gear up for Madrid climate conference

This December, delegates from almost every country on Earth will meet in Madrid for the twenty-fifth annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to discuss climate change and negotiate plans to mitigate and adapt to it. For the ninth consecutive year, a select group of Washington University students will attend the conference as observers.