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

New College Professors

Five named Harvard College Professors

May 10, 2016

Though Harvard faculty members often garner accolades for their pioneering research, they are perhaps less often publicly celebrated for their talents as teachers and mentors. In that spirit, each year a select group of them are named Harvard College Professors to recognize, in addition to their research activities, their excellence in undergraduate teaching and their important contributions to students.

Continuing Education

Christos Hatzopoulos, who will graduate from Harvard Extension School, is a detective with the Harvard University Police Department.

Dual investigator

May 26, 2016

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

Growing up in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood, Christos Hatzopoulos thought of himself as an average Joe. He wasn’t the type who would one day earn a master’s degree, much less at Harvard.

Yet this June, he will receive a master’s degree in history from the Harvard Extension School.

About: Athletics

Scott Hosch '16 gets set to pass during the Nov. 14, 2015 game against Penn at Harvard Stadium.

From Harvard to the NFL

May 23, 2016

The Harvard football team hosted its annual barbecue party on April 30 in the courtyard of one of the Radcliffe Quad’s dorms. The barbecue is a ritual that allows the players to celebrate with each other before the seniors graduate and the underclassmen head back into grueling summer practices. But some members of Harvard’s highly successful team were not there.


About: SEAS

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed an ultra-thin planar lens

A thinner, flatter lens

June 2, 2016

Curved lenses like those in cameras or telescopes are stacked to reduce distortions and clarify images. That’s why high-powered microscopes are so big and telephoto lenses so long. While lens technology has improved, it is still difficult to make a compact and thin lens.

About: Museums