Why Arts & Sciences at Northwestern?
We help students develop into leaders with the knowledge and skills to navigate a rapidly changing world.
Interdisciplinary thinking for a complex world.
Take a Northwestern Direction
With 26 academic departments offering majors in 47 fields as well as 46 minors, your options are vast.
Weinberg College's 26 academic departments span the range of disciplines in the arts and sciences. From humanities to social sciences to the natural sciences, the College's departments foster rigorous interdisciplinary thinking and world-changing scholarship.
Chemistry Professor Fraser Stoddart was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Working with molecular machines, Stoddart and his colleagues have opened up a new field of chemistry in the past 25 years.
Our 47 major options are broad, particularly when paired with another major, a minor, or even a degree at another Northwestern school. And, if your interests don't fit into an existing major, you can work with professors to create a customized field of study.
Ever-Evolving Areas of Study:
For sheer challenge, for ambitious intellectual reach and for bonding over big questions, you won't find anything quite like the special programs at Weinberg College. When you are accepted into a special program, you become part of a close-knit community of students and professors who push, inspire, and support you.
Masters & PhD Programs
Our 30 graduate programs offer graduate degrees and certificates, including some accelerated bachelor's/master's degree options. Our graduate students participate in research across the University and fund research through competitive fellowships and grants.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Clusters:
Weinberg College operates on the quarter system, and students typically take four courses each quarter. That gives you the chance to explore a variety of academic disciplines, the hallmark of a liberal arts education, as well as your area of concentration.
Get Started at the College
Whether you are an incoming first-year student or transfer to Weinberg College, find the information you need.
Meet Our Students
The Perfect Combination.
Ask students why they chose the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and that phrase will almost invariably emerge.
The Classroom and Beyond
Experience all the College has to offer our students. Take advantage of life-changing courses, research projects, study abroad, and more. As you progress toward your degree, use the website to track requirements and take advantage of College advising and support.
Discover What's Happening at the College
Stay informed about news, accomplishments and events.
Carlos Montezuma Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies
E. Patrick Johnson, a prolific arts scholar and performer who founded the community-focused Black Arts Initiative, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity.
4:30 PM, Harris Hall 108
Eric Slauter (U of Chicago), author of The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution (2009) "Walden's Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an American Classic"
3:30 PM, John Evans Center, 1800 Sheridan Rd
Book Colloquium by Professor Kenneth Seeskin, author of Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible. Panelists: Mira Balberg, Assistant Professor of Religion, Department of Religious Studies Sanford Goldberg, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
5:15 PM, Harris Hall 108
Aracelis Girmay is the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book changing, changing, which was published by George Braziller in 2005. She has also written three books of poems: Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007), Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), and the black maria (BOA Editions, 2016).