The School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts educates students for transformational leadership in communities around the world. Tufts’s tradition of innovation dates to the school’s founding in 1852. Today, a multidisciplinary and experiential approach defines scholarship and teaching. Faculty and students use the curricular framework of the arts and sciences to address the great intellectual and social challenges of the twenty-first century.
The school has a distinctive style. Excellence in scholarship and teaching are the school’s highest priorities; translating inquiry and research into action is a defining theme. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the largest of Tufts’s seven schools, explores collaborative research opportunities across the university’s professional schools and around the world. More than 5,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels represent the broad range of intellectual, creative, and personal attributes. The creation of new knowledge in traditional and emerging disciplines, a dedication to globalism and active citizenship, a commitment to humanitarianism and diversity in its many forms, and a belief that intellectual discourse and discovery serve the common good are deeply held ideals.
Guiding Principles for the School
- The discrete disciplines of Arts and Sciences – the humanities; the arts; the social, physical, and natural sciences – are each valued and together comprise the strengths of our school.
- Creating knowledge and pursuing intellectual and artistic inquiry at the highest levels are essential to support our research mission and our commitment to teaching.
- Enhancing and expanding our international reputation for academic excellence are important to ensure that we attract the best students, faculty, and staff.
- Educating a citizenry prepared to address societal challenges is a necessary and valuable endeavor.
- Transformative experiences within Arts and Sciences positively change the lives of our students as they learn to balance what they have learned with what they want to do and who they want to be.
- Collaboration and partnerships across disciplines, within and outside Tufts University, are needed to leverage the School's strengths.
- Diversity and inclusion are inherent strengths and necessary for excellence, not problems to be resolved.
- Community spirit allows students, faculty, and staff to feel a sense of belonging, accomplishment, and connection to one another.
- Using intellect to make a difference, our students are prepared for life as humane, global citizens.