A Transformative Decade:
Convergence, Creativity, Community

Imagine ... 

  • An expanded faculty, diverse and inclusive, with even more robust research opportunities that push the boundaries of the possible.
  • Multiple departments and programs ranked in the top ten within the next ten years.
  • Educational practices that engage far more environments of learning, connecting students with experiences throughout the city and world that build on a powerful foundation of disciplinary and transdisciplinary studies.
  • Innovative liberal arts programs that address questions of life design and emphasize multiple literacies, asking students what it means to live a good life as engaged citizens throughout the world.
  • Graduate students drawn here from across the globe because of the innovative research, scholarship, and high-impact creative practices we are developing.

This is our moment. We are ready.

In Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, we have a strong foundation on which to build and extraordinary resources to engage. And over the next ten years, we will leverage those resources to build a top institution devoted to bringing people together from across the world to discover new knowledge, explore the universe, and serve the public good.


Student talking with faculty member in Brookings Quad

Welcome to the Decade of Arts & Sciences.

We are finding new ways to tell our story and create a lasting impact on the world.

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The Shape of the Plan

Four Key Foundations 

These critical elements of Arts & Sciences will be enhanced and supported first and foremost. Together, these foundations allow all of Arts & Sciences to rise. They touch all we do, creating a flourishing and vibrant community of faculty, staff, and students that have the tools, resources, and support to excel.

Six Strategic Pillars

The pillars highlight specific areas within Arts & Sciences where we will focus our energy and resources. They identify talents and strengths we already have while also showcasing how new investments will help us grow into a transformed, distinctive, world-leading institution.

Foundations & Pillars


We stand at the dawn of a transformative era that will lay the groundwork for realizing our school’s immense potential. What we aspire to build is not just for ourselves. The work we do here — the knowledge we discover, the education we offer, the advances we make, and the understanding we create — extends far beyond our walls. Welcome to the decade of Arts & Sciences.

―Feng Sheng HuDean of Arts & Sciences

We invite you to learn more.

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