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

A joint Harvard-New England Conservatory student concentrating in English, George Li is a piano virtuoso looking to make connections between his instrument and the literature he reads.

Artful balance

September 6, 2016

This article is the first in an occasional series on the impact of humanities studies in and out of the classroom.

George Li ’18 does most of his English assignments on an airplane.

Continuing Education

Photo of Michael E. Jones

The Freestyle Life: Lane Changes and Intersections

October 12, 2016

Michael E. Jones is always on the move. Whether he’s training for a triathlon, curating a museum exhibit, serving on an Olympics national governing body, or putting paintbrush to canvas, he approaches each endeavor with boundless energy.  

Often, his passions intersect. Take his latest artistic creation: the painting that adorns the US Olympic Triathlon poster for the 2016 Rio games.

About: Athletics

Photo of Eli Dershwitz

Eli Dershwitz’s road to the Olympics

October 3, 2016

Harvard sophomore Eli Dershwitz represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in the men’s saber fencing competition in Rio de Janeiro. While he didn’t win a medal this time, Dershwitz said the intense training and discipline required to make it to Brazil gave him the confidence to succeed at Harvard and the drive to “reach certain academic levels.”


Photo of a young boy on a horse.

On the Road

September 22, 2016

Somewhere along the A2 in Kazakhstan, their plans changed.

GSAS students Benny Shaffer and Justin Stern, and GSD visiting PhD Fellow Xiaoxuan Lu, MLA ’12, had sketched out a project back in Cambridge that would study the impact of the 1,100 mile Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline on the natural environment, urban areas, and local population. While their thought had been to consider how the area known for being part of the Silk Road had become the Gas Road, as they began their journey in summer 2015 it quickly became clear that would be difficult.

About: SEAS

About: Libraries