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.
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.
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"
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"
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.