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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.

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Academic Departments

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.

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Department Honors:

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.

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Undergraduate Majors

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.

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Ever-Evolving Areas of Study:
The list of majors is always growing. Recent additions include African Studies, Asian American Studies, Jewish Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, Legal Studies, Middle East and North African Studies, and Neuroscience.
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Distinctive Programs

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.

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One-of-a-kind programs:
The Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences Program is one of the nation's only academic programs that combines the study of social sciences with rigorous training in mathematics, statistics, and formal modeling techniques.
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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.

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Clusters:
Interested in a topical area that spans disciplinary boundaries? Clusters can allow for new disciplinary configurations and unique collaborations. Three clusters exist in: Humanities and Non-Quantitative Social Sciences (NQSS)Sciences and Engineering; and Life and Biomedical Sciences (NULaBS).
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Course Options

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. 

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First-Year Seminars:
First-year seminars are a key component a Weinberg College student's first year experience. In these small, writing- and discussion-oriented courses, you will investigate a specific theme or issue. See seminar offerings, which range from "#BlackLivesMatter and the Struggle for American Democracy" to "Music and the Mind."

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.

Shreya Goel '18/ECONOMICS & MMSS

Weinberg is special because of the opportunity it provides to chart your own path.”

Shreya Goel '18/ECONOMICS & MMSS


What I appreciate most about the liberal arts education I have received in Weinberg is that it combines the best of a technical specialization in my disciplines with a broad exposure to different kinds of ideas. ”



I chose Weinberg because I wanted to be surrounded by students who share my curiosity, determination, and dedication, yet have many different cultural identities and viewpoints.”



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.

Faculty Honors

Jennifer Cole
Jennifer Cole

Professor of Linguistics

Jennifer Cole has been named a Distinguished Lecturer of the International Speech Communication Association. She will be giving a series of general audience lectures at conferences and summer schools.

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SQI Distinguished Lecture: Jack W. Szostak Part 1

4:00 PM, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 East Superior Street, Chicago

SQI Distinguished Lecture featuring Jack W. Szostak, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2009. He will present a two part lecture titled “The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology.” Part 1: "The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication"

SQI Distinguished Lecture: Jack W. Szostak Part 2

4:00 PM, Pancoe Abbott Auditorium, 2200 Campus Dr, Evanston

SQI Distinguished Lecture featuring Jack W. Szostak, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2009. He will present a two part lecture titled “The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology.” Part 2: "Systems Level Puzzles in Protocell Design"

Learning to be Loyal: Political Education in China and Russia

12:00 PM, 1902 Sheridan Road

Karrie Koesel, Notre Dame, explores how China and Russia use schools to socialize students and the future elite to be patriotic; whether these strategies free those in power from the need to be politically accountable; and when and why political education turns to cultural and ethnic identity as opposed to economic and ideological principles to foster national unity and popular legitimacy.

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Q&A: Essayist and “Spy” Eula Biss
“Does Truth Stand a Chance?”
Fulbright Award Winners Crisscross the Globe
Northwestern to Focus on Critical Theory in the Global South

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