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Graduate students may pursue advanced degrees, professional degrees, and certificates in more than 100 different programs at Rutgers. As a member of the Association of American Universities, Rutgers is recognized as one of the top research universities in the country.

The School of Arts and Sciences includes 14 programs ranked in the top 50 nationwide, several interdisciplinary graduate programs, and many opportunities for graduate research, scholarship, and teaching.

Graduate programs at the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences are administered in conjunction with the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies. Students wishing to pursue a graduate program in Arts and Sciences submit an application through the School of Graduate Studies.

 

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Many School of Arts and Sciences departments and graduate programs are ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report:

  • History–African-American (#1)
  • Women's History (#1)
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics (#8)
  • English (#15)
  • Physics–Condensed Matter (#15)
  • History (#21)
  • Mathematics (#23)
  • Sociology (#28)
  • Physics (#29)
  • Computer Science (#34)
  • Statistics (#39)
  • Political Science (#45)
  • Economics (#47)
  • Earth Science (#49)

2018 Rankings

Our History, Your Future


The Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences has deep roots.  The liberal arts has a 250-year history in New Brunswick.

The School represents a tradition of liberal arts education that began in the pre-Revolutionary War era with the establishment of Queen’s College. The eighth of nine colleges started during the colonial period, Queen’s College would eventually become Rutgers University.

As it grew from a small colonial college to a major public research university, Rutgers built an outstanding program in the arts and sciences while engaging in constant conversation and reflection aimed at reaching the ideal setting and structure for undergraduate education.

By the 1970s, four separate institutions were providing liberal arts education to Rutgers undergraduates: Rutgers College, Douglass College, Livingston College, and University College. In 1982, faculty were centralized into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, but the college system continued for students, along with separate standards for admission, good standing, and graduation.

Finally in the fall of 2007, the liberal arts colleges and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences were merged into the new School of Arts and Sciences with one set of admissions criteria, graduation requirements, and a new core curriculum.

The School of Arts and Sciences brings together the talent, traditions, energy, and resources of all four colleges and enlists them all in the mission to create the best school for arts and sciences in the nation.

The classical education in Greek, Latin, physics, and astronomy that Queen’s College students received in the 18th century finds full expression today in the more than 100 majors and minors at the School of Arts and Sciences, covering the spectrum of life sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

The School of Arts and Sciences prepares students for careers in a rapidly-changing workplace, and prepares them for life in a challenging world. No matter what major students decide to pursue, they’ll study with the best faculty in their field, have ample opportunities for research, and learn critical thinking and analytical skills that will help them grow and prosper throughout their lives.

 

Many School of Arts and Sciences majors and joint-degree programs are nationally ranked by USA Today/College Factual:

  • Health Professions (#1)
  • Human Resource Management (#3)
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (#4)
  •  Information Science (#4)
  • Cell Biology and Anatomical Sciences (#7)
  • General Biology (#7)
  • General Psychology (#13)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology (#14)
  • Chemistry (#17)
  • Computer Information Systems (#20)
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections (#21)
  • Journalism (#22)
  • Statistics (#22)
  • Health and Physical Education (#23)
  • Psychology (#23)
  • Romance Languages (#26)
  • Sociology (#26)
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting (#27)
  • Physical Sciences (#27)
  • Social Sciences (#29)
  • Mathematics (#36)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (#36)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (#38)
  • Foreign Languages and Linguistics (#39)
  • Computer and Information Sciences (#42)
  • History (#42)
  • Geography and Cartography (#42)
  • Ethnic Studies (#45)
  • Political Science and Government (#46)
  • Economics (#47)
  • General English Literature (#48)
  • Anthropology (#50)
  • Communication and Media Studies (#50)

Many School of Arts and Sciences departments and graduate programs are ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report:

  • History–African-American (#1)
  • Women's History (#1)
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics (#8)
  • English (#15)
  • Physics–Condensed Matter (#15)
  • History (#21)
  • Mathematics (#23)
  • Sociology (#28)
  • Physics (#29)
  • Computer Science (#34)
  • Statistics (#39)
  • Political Science (#45)
  • Economics (#47)
  • Earth Science (#49)

2018 Rankings

Arts and Sciences for the 21st Century


“I don't want to be up here all the time just talking,” says Professor Mary Konsolaki. “I like interacting with students.”

Konsolaki’s Genetic Analysis class in the School of Arts and Sciences can sometimes seem more like a brainstorming session at a cutting-edge start-up company than a traditional science lecture course.

She keeps a constant dialogue going with students, encouraging them to apply the knowledge they’ve gained from class discussion and readings to solve real-life genetic problems.

A few buildings over, comparative literature professor Richard Serrano gets into heady discussions with students about film, music, and literature and how culture can shed light on the origins of societal conflict.

"The thing I really want students to take away is that no matter how simple a conflict may appear, it is more complex than it seems," Serrano says of his Past Today Signature Course. "And ultimately the way we come to terms with and learn about the complexity is through the culture."

On Douglass Campus, meanwhile, students in sociology professor Sharon Bzostek's Health and Inequality course learn about the issues that affect the health of immigrants and explore potential policy initiatives related to health coverage and the minimum wage.

“Economic mobility and health are intertwined,” Bzostek tells students. “And those external factors like discrimination, and lack of access to resources take a toll on physical and mental health." 

The commitment to engaged teaching that draws students into deep discussions and gives them the opportunity to analyze problems and create solutions is a hallmark of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers.

So join the conversation! Explore the Arts and Sciences at Rutgers and discover your life’s mission!

 

 Advantages of a Liberal Arts Education

  • Arts and Sciences at Rutgers is broad-based, with students getting exposure to science, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Arts and Sciences graduates from Rutgers go on to success in many different fields. Read stories about liberal arts graduates who've pursued careers in business, journalism, and medicine.
  • Data shows that people change jobs and change careers more often than they have in the past. Students with an Arts and Science background tend to be flexible and adaptable and well-equipped to handle career change and shifts in the job market.
  • In the current tech-dominated economy, employers prize liberal arts graduates because of their ability to provide creative solutions. See Forbes piece on start-up Slack Technologies, headed by a philosophy major.
  • Many of America’s most successful CEOs were humanities majors. See article.
  • In 2010, Steve Jobs famously mused that for technology to be truly brilliant, it must be coupled with artistry. "It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough," he said. "It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing."
  • Liberal Arts graduates tend to earn more in their peak-earning years, in their 50s, than those who had professional and pre-professional degrees. Read the article.

 

 

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