​Arts & Sciences

Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science Feng Sheng Hu

Dean Feng Sheng Hu oversees all aspects of the operations and programs in Arts & Sciences, including strategic planning and implementation; faculty hiring, tenure, and promotion; the appointments of the deans of the College and the Graduate School; research, creative activity, and innovation; budget and resource planning; diversity, inclusion, and equity; communications and marketing; alumni relations and advancement; facilities and capital planning; and information technology services.

Hu became dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences in July 2020. He is widely recognized for his innovative, interdisciplinary research on long-term ecosystem dynamics in relation to climate change.

Prior to his appointment at Washington University in St. Louis, Hu was a longtime leader and faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2017–20, he served as the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Previously, as associate dean for life and physical sciences, he worked with science departments to promote research, teaching, innovation, and public service. He was head of and a professor in the Department of Plant Biology and was the Ralph E. Grim Professor of Geology.

The author of some 130 scholarly articles in publications including Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hu has received extensive research funding from federal agencies, including numerous grants from the National Science Foundation. He has served as an editor for several leading scientific journals, including Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Ecosystems, and Geology. 

Hu was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. He has been named a Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering, a University Scholar of the University of Illinois, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

For Our Alumni

The Arts & Sciences Alumni Network provides information about current initiatives in Arts & Sciences, volunteer opportunities for our alumni & friends, alumni resources, and news articles on notable students, faculty, and alumni.

You'll also find events for the Arts & Sciences community and highlights of the achievements of our outstanding alumni and students.

Who We Are​

The College

The mission of the College of Arts & Sciences is to provide our 4,000 undergraduate students with an extraordinary liberal arts education, one which will cultivate their passion for learning and discovery. While their interests and careers may change, their educations will prepare them for whatever awaits.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest academic unit at Washington University, and every undergraduate student - regardless of their school or major - will take several classes in Arts & Sciences during their time on campus.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is committed to fostering excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service. In so doing, the Graduate School ensures that our masters and doctoral candidates fulfill the core mission of a research university.

University College

University College is the evening, professional, and continuing education division of Arts & Sciences. University College plays a major role in meeting the educational needs of the citizens of St. Louis, developing new programs of study to meet the evolving demands of the local job market, and providing a world-class venue for those pursuing a variety of professional and personal educational goals.

Hold that th​ought!

Arts & Sciences faculty research fields spanning disciplines from Classics and Linguistics, to Polit​ical Science and Chemistry.  Sometimes their work can seem esoteric - so we asked some our faculty and graduates to condense their work to make it ready for a new audience. You.

​Alumni Bookshelf

Our alumni are leaders in their fields.  Many of them have taken that knowledge and used it to publish works of literature, policy analysis, and core subject matters.
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