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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

Gustavo Berrizbeitia '17/POLITICAL SCIENCE & PHILOSOPHY

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. ”

Gustavo Berrizbeitia '17/POLITICAL SCIENCE & PHILOSOPHY

Margot Zuckerman '18/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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.”

Margot Zuckerman '18/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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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

 
Chad Mirkin
Chad A. Mirkin

Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry

Nanoscientist Chad Mirkin has been awarded the 2016 RUSNANOPRIZE for his invention of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), tiny structures used around the globe for medical diagnostics, therapeutics and research purposes.

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Events

 
Dec
16
2016
ACS/Aldrich Award Seminar

4:00 PM, Technological Institute, LR5 (2145 Sheridan Road)

Presented by Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis, Northwestern University

Jan
12
2017
Merchants of Debt: A Collaboration (Eula Biss & Maryann Bylander)

12:00 PM, Kresge Hall, Room #2315 (Kaplan Humanities Institute)

Professor of Instruction Eula Biss and Maryann Bylander (Lewis and Clark College) will reflect on debt, predatory lending, and their collaborative process of researching and writing a non-fiction essay for a general audience.

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News

 
Pulitzer-Winning Poet to Join Northwestern Faculty
A “New” Home for the Humanities
A Plan to Clean Up DePue: Academia Meets Advocacy
Political Scientist Laurel Harbridge Yong on the Aftermath of the US Presidential Campaign

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