Vision Statement & Guiding Principles
Vision for the School of Arts and Sciences
Knowledge makes a difference in the world. Thus, the School of Arts
and Sciences at Tufts University fosters a culture where excellence
and innovation are applied to scholarly and creative activities.
This environment provides a transformative educational experience to
a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students who will
make their mark as leaders, scholars, and citizens in an
increasingly interdependent, complex world.
Guiding Principles for the School
- The discrete disciplines of Arts and
Sciences – the humanities; the arts; the
social, physical, and natural sciences – are each
valued and together comprise the strengths of our
- Creating knowledge and pursuing
intellectual and artistic inquiry at the highest
levels are essential to support our
research mission and our commitment to teaching.
- Enhancing and expanding our
international reputation for academic excellence
are important to ensure that we attract the best
students, faculty, and staff.
- Educating a citizenry prepared
to address societal challenges is a necessary and
- Transformative experiences
within Arts and Sciences positively change the lives
of our students as they learn to balance what they
have learned with what they want to do and who they
want to be.
- Collaboration and partnerships
across disciplines, within and outside Tufts
University, are needed to leverage the School's
- Diversity and inclusion are
inherent strengths and necessary for excellence, not
problems to be resolved.
- Community spirit allows
students, faculty, and staff to feel a sense of
belonging, accomplishment, and connection to one
- Using intellect to make a difference,
our students are prepared for life as humane, global