School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) has deep roots at Rutgers University.

Rutgers was founded in 1766 with the mission of providing a classical liberal arts education that at the time included such subjects as Latin, Greek, arithmetic, and geometry.

As it grew from a small colonial college to a major public research university, Rutgers built an expansive liberal arts program while striving to create the ideal setting and structure for undergraduate education.

By the 1970s, four outstanding undergraduate colleges were educating Rutgers–New Brunswick students: Douglass College, Livingston College, Rutgers College, and University College.

The School of Arts and Sciences was launched in 2007, bringing together the talent, traditions, energy, and resources of all four colleges with a new, unifying vision.

The classical liberal arts education that the first Rutgers students received now finds full expression in the more than 100 majors and minors at SAS, covering the spectrum of life sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

Today, the School of Arts and Sciences is a diverse, dynamic, and creative community, dedicated to preparing students for meaningful lives and advancing knowledge that improves the world.

School of Arts and Sciences Rankings


Top 50 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  •  African American History (#1)
  • Women's and Gender History (#1)
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics (#7)
  • Physics–Condensed Matter (#15)
  • English (#17)
  • History (#21)
  • Mathematics: Algebra/Number Theory/Algebraic Geometry (#23)
  • Statistics (#24)
  •  Mathematics (#27)
  •  Physics (#28)
  • Sociology (#31)
  • Computer Science (#41)
  • Earth Science (#47)
  • Political Science (#48)
  • Economics (#49)


Rutgers University Rankings