College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences focuses on providing students a liberal arts education centered on academic excellence, service to community and global engagement across more than 30 departments in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences.


Employers clearly articulate the value of today’s liberal arts education, highlighting the need for employees who communicate well, bring personal and professional ethics to the workplace, and apply critical-thinking skills to create solutions.


A student’s undergraduate experience, and how well the experience advances critical learning outcomes (knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, integrative and applied learning), is what matters most, with 80% of employers agreeing that all students need a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Indeed, in the global knowledge economy, employer demand for graduates with a liberal education is growing.

Harvard Business Review, September 19, 2019


Your gift to the College of Arts and Sciences empowers students and faculty in their academic pursuits, and enhances our ability to offer special programs. Our new initiative, Pathways to Professional Formation, serves to assist Arts and Sciences students in developing a pathway to build a life of purpose and meaning after graduation. It also enables professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and improves facilities for our students.


Support what you love best about SU!


To designate your gift to your favorite Arts and Sciences program and/or department, please select “other” and include a note in the comments field.


Every Gift Matters

$10 assists with class supplies

$25 assists a student with educational fees not covered by tuition
$50 assists a student in paying for books
$100 aids a faculty member to attend a seminar or professional development event
$500 assists a student or faculty member to attend and/or present their research at a professional conference or provides a stipend to a guest speaker
$2,500 provides critical scholarship awards for students
Board of Regents Match: SU Fund
Thank you to the Board of Regents for their generous match that resulted in $10,410 for the SU Fund!
$10,410 MATCHED
College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund Challenge
If we reach 50 gifts to any fund area in the College of Arts & Sciences, it will unlock $5,000 to the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence.
50 / 50 Gifts
New Donor Match
Thank you to the Alumni Board of Governors who sponsored a $1,119 match for first time donors!
$1,119 MATCHED
Parents and Guardians Gift Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of our Redhawk Parent and Family Leadership Council, a challenge gift of $2,700 to the Catalyst Fund for Student Success and Engagement will be unlocked after 100 parents/guardians make a gift to any area during Seattle U Gives. The Catalyst Fund empowers Student Development staff to strengthen existing programs and respond with innovative initiatives to help meet students’ social, intellectual and spiritual needs. Examples are the Emergency Needs Fund for our most financially challenged students and the Food Pantry for students experiencing food insecurity.
100 / 100 Gifts
Scholarship Challenge
If we reach 75 gifts to any scholarship fund it will unlock a $7,500 gift to the Annual Scholarship Fund, thanks to the generosity of P. Weber, Class of 1975.
75 / 75 Gifts
Affinity Giving
Giving by relationship to Seattle U
What is your relationship to SU?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Friend of the University 525
2 Alum 519
3 Parent/Guardian of Student 445
4 Current Student 367
5 Faculty/Staff 291
6 Parent/Guardian of Alum 121
7 Current Faculty or Staff 88
8 Retired Faculty or Staff 12
Area Giving
Gifts by Seattle U college, area or initiative
Rank College, Area or Initiative Gifts
1 Men's Soccer 259
2 Track and Field & Cross Country 204
3 Women's Soccer 189
4 Softball 164
5 Center for Community Engagement 164
6 Spirit Squad 148
7 Women's Rowing 120
8 Men's Basketball 119
9 Men's and Women's Swimming 114
10 Red Winged Leadership Award 76
11 Men's and Women's Golf 71
12 School of Law 71
13 College of Arts and Sciences 68
14 Center for Science and Innovation 57
15 SU Fund 57
16 Indigenous Peoples Institute 54
17 Baseball 50
18 Women's Basketball 48
19 Volleyball 48
20 Albers Accounting Lab 47
21 Annual Scholarship Fund 47
22 Fostering Scholars 47
23 College of Nursing 46
24 RAMP-up 45
25 College of Education 44
26 Mens and Women's Tennis 42
27 Redhawk Club 33
28 Office of Multicultural Affairs 32
29 Sports Medicine & Strength and Conditioning 26
30 Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability 22
31 Wellness and Health Promotion 20
32 KXSU 102.1 FM 18
33 Women of SU Endowed Scholarship 17
34 Center for Student Involvement 16
35 SU Youth Initiative Scholarship 13
36 School of New and Continuing Studies 12
37 STEM Diversity Fund 10
38 School of Theology and Ministry 6
39 Seattle University Opportunity Grant 6
40 Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons 3
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