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. 

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Implementing the Plan

Year 1 Progress Report

Look back on a year of innovation, community building, and groundbreaking research with the Strategic Plan Year 1 Progress Report. The report includes notable achievements from the signature initiatives and faculty whose work has helped to launch the decade of Arts & Sciences.

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Digital Transformation Symposium

Umrath Lounge

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Here & Next: Seed Funding Opportunities for Research Excellence Webinar


Here and Next is announcing two fixed-deadline competitions available to faculty researchers early in the Spring 2024 semester under the Here and Next Seed Grant program. The Research Development Office (RDO) is holding an informational webinar about these opportunities via Zoom.

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Workshop: Getting Started with Public Scholarship

Eads 217

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Welcome to the Decade of Arts & Sciences

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

CLA Co-Directors Danielle Dutton and Ignacio Infante featured on The American Vandal podcast

CLA Co-Directors Danielle Dutton and Ignacio Infante featured on The American Vandal podcast

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 HuRichard G. Engelsmann Dean of Arts & Sciences

Explore Our Initiatives

The signature initiatives below build on existing strengths to create exciting and transformative new ventures for Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

Signature Initiatives 
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