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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.

SIAS News

The UW Tacoma Six

April 16, 2019
Meet the six UW Tacoma scholars who are part of the 2019 Husky 100. These intrepid students are making the most of their time at UW.
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Global Scholar

Elsa Muñoz Garcia, scholar from Universitat de Barcelona at UW Tacoma.
April 5, 2019
Elsa Muñoz Garcia, a Ph.D. student at the Universitat de Barcelona, is working with Dr. Ariana Ochoa Camacho and incubating her dissertation at UW Ta...
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Digging Deep

UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Ruth Bernstein, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
March 27, 2019
A former geologist, Assistant Professor Ruth Bernstein is helping students find their footing in the nonprofit world.
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Being the First

UW Tacoma senior Maria Crisostomo.
March 20, 2019
First-generation student, Indigenous artist, podcast host, leader. Maria Crisostomo is busy making a difference.
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