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School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) offers humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum is organized around three general dimensions of life: Culture and Ideas (Fine Arts and Humanities), Society and the Individual (Social Sciences), Mathematics and the Natural World (Natural Sciences).

The focus of our curriculum is the comparative study of peoples, groups, societies, cultures and environments within the United States and selected regions of the world.

The goals of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences curriculum are to help students:

  • Develop proficiency in skills such as writing and critical thinking that are needed for productive careers, and gain mastery of a broad curriculum in the humanities, social sciences and environmental science;
  • Achieve knowledge of the theories, concepts and methods of cross-cultural analysis; Understand the complexity of relations between groups, societies, cultures and natural environments; the history of these relations and the forces of social change;
  • Gain a knowledge and appreciation of cultures other than their own while exploring the expression of cultural identity, thought and beliefs through literature and the other arts; and
  • Build experience in the analysis of environmental issues and their scientific basis.


Meet the Press

UW Tacoma part-time lecturer Linda Byron stands on the bridge of glass holding a yellow umbrella.
February 28, 2018
Former KING 5 reporter Linda Byron is used to asking questions. This quarter, she's answering them in a course on investigative journalism.
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Being the Spark

UW Tacoma alumnus Jacob Nau stands outside Tioga library.
February 23, 2018
UW Tacoma alumnus Jacob Nau and SIAS lecturer Abby Murray are among the recipients of local Spark Grants.
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