What is FAS?

Founded in 1890, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is the largest division of Harvard University. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting edge research and discovery. FAS is redefining liberal arts education for the 21st century and is committed to an open Harvard and student aid by making a Harvard education accessible to students from all backgrounds.

FAS comprises Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including undergraduate and graduate admissions; the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and the Division of Continuing Education, including the Extension and Summer Schools. FAS also encompasses academic resources such as libraries and museums, as well as campus resources and athletics.

Stories from around FAS:

About: College

Continuing Education

A distance-learning pioneer

A distance-learning pioneer

May 30, 2013

As the new dean of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE), Hunt Lambert — Hunt to his new colleagues — is charged with continuing to blend technology with teaching and learning to serve highly motivated students who are advancing their education through the Extension School, Summer School, Professional Development Programs, and the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

About: Athletics


Opening academia widely

Opening academia widely

March 24, 2014

For any student, the decision to pursue a Ph.D. represents a major academic challenge and a multiyear commitment.

For students from under-represented groups, however, the challenges don’t always end at the classroom door. From combatting racial and gender preconceptions to justifying to family and friends the decision to pursue a Ph.D. rather than a professional degree, many face hurdles that can dissuade them from even applying to graduate school in the first place.

About: SEAS

Quality control

Quality control

March 6, 2014

After more than a decade of sometimes incremental, sometimes paradigm-shifting advances in stem cell biology, most people with a basic understanding of life sciences know that stem cells are the basic form of cell from which all specialized cells, and eventually organs and body parts, derive.


At one with Thoreau

At one with Thoreau

January 23, 2014

A century and a half ago, Maine’s northern woods were a bit wilder.

The logging roads crisscrossing the region had yet to be cut, and the state’s highest mountain, 5,269-foot Katahdin, was relatively unknown, having been climbed by just a handful of intrepid souls since its first recorded ascent, in 1804.