You aren't one dimensional. Your education shouldn't be either, which is why WPI assures both undergraduates and graduates the freedom and support to explore their potential. There are links among scientific inquiry, creative expression, and entrepreneurial thinking. In the Arts & Sciences, as with all of WPI, we believe in making connections stronger.

The WPI undergraduate program places considerable emphasis on the humanities and arts and exploring the impact of science and technology on society. Likewise, graduate students benefit from collaborative relationships with faculty, the environment that encourages independent research and a global perspective, and the commitment to solving complex human problems thoughtfully.

Water Innovation Workshop

On October 24, 2016, WPI held a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation on developing sustainable solutions to emerging water problems around the globe. Workshop participants met to discuss problems like access to clean water and water supply, and discussed actionable solutions.

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

The Office of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the application process for the 2017 Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar awards. Since its inception in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has been one of the most significant sources of support for women seeking to study science, engineering, and mathematics. WPI is offering up to 8 Luce Research Scholar awards for the 2017-2018 academic year to support student research projects in the areas of math, computer science, physics, and robotics engineering.

Preparing Students For Global Challenges

A message from Dean Karen Oates

I like to ask, how can WPI become not necessarily the best university in the world, but the best university for the world?

How do we create an educational community that both advances the individual goals of our students and serves the larger needs of our rapidly globalizing society? We must not only send our students into the world but support them with programming and curricula that are responsive to their needs, goals, and employment aspirations by preparing them to think, understand, and succeed in global markets.

The Arts & Sciences at WPI

Global Public Health Minor

The minor in Global Public Health will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore the major underlying biological determinants of health as well as aspects of social, political, environmental, and economic influences. The program offers a flexible set of requirements to allow students to design a minor appropriate for their particular educational and professional objectives.

Student Profiles

Alexander S.
Senior, Actuarial Mathematics and Computer Science

Alex’s fun and packed schedule is a great example of embracing a healthy work-life balance at WPI.

Christina A.
Senior, BS in Computer Science

A senior Computer Science student who received extra help at WPI when she needed it most pays it forward as a supportive TA for first-years.

Korinn O.
PhD in Learning Sciences & Technologies

A PhD student in the Learning Sciences & Technology program finds deep bonds with faculty mentors who helped her shape her career path.

Melissa M.
PhD in Biotechnology

A PhD biotech student seeks to combine her love of working with animals and human healthcare to develop pharmaceuticals.

STEM Faculty Launch

WPI’s STEM Faculty Launch is a premier workshop for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers seeing tenure-track positions in the STEM fields. This annual workshop covers best practices for pursuing, applying for, and establishing faculty careers. Learn more about STEM Faculty Launch.