College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: (785) 670-1636, Fax: (785) 670-1297

Why a College of Arts & Sciences Education?

Maintaining high standards in nineteen departments and programs, the College of Arts & Sciences challenges students to develop critical thinking, aesthetic awareness, and discriminating judgment, as well as a sense of purpose and a zeal for continued independent and formal learning.

The College of Arts & Sciences promotes "learning for a lifetime" across a variety of disciplines. Although the content and focus of course work may vary across disciplines, several themes characterize all departments and programs within Arts & Sciences.

The faculty pays attention to students as individuals.

  • Offerings designed to meet the differing needs of introductory students and majors
  • Many departments employ advanced students as tutors for beginners
  • Students are well-known as individuals and valued as members of a departmental family

Arts & Sciences alumni have gone on to lives of extraordinary accomplishments:

  • Nobel Prize winner
  • Governors
  • Members of Congress
  • Nationally recognized Coaches, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Academics, Writers, Artists  

Arts & Sciences students win honors.

  • Washburn Debate was the squad national champion in 2010 and 2012.  The debate team has been ranked annually by the National Parliamentary Debate Association as one of the top three squads in the nation for the last several years.
  • Math, science, and social science majors regularly publish or present their scholarship.
  • Humanities and performing arts students frequently receive prestigious awards.
  • Year after year, Arts & Sciences graduates are accepted into prestigious graduate and professional schools.
  • Year after year, Arts & Sciences graduates go immediately into interesting jobs and begin making important contributions to their communities.

Arts & Sciences students inherit the values of the liberal arts.

Students in Arts & Sciences learn to ask hard questions, such as:

  • What is the meaning of experience?
  • What is the nature of the universe? 
  • What is our place in the world? 

Students learn information, but they also learn how to think, how to ask questions, and how to pursue and evaluate answers.

Since many students will enter professions unrelated to their major, the College helps students gain the skills necessary to meet future challenges.

  • Think critically
  • Recognize new trends
  • Find the key questions in new contexts
  • Recognize the consequences of new answers
  • Adapt to new situations