The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the unifying focal point that comprises faculty from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences in five different schools within Columbia University. Executive Vice President's WelcomeWelcome to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. The Arts and Sciences is the home to the 27 academic departments, 40 centers and institutes and five schools. HistoryThe Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia was formally established in 1991 as the organizational framework that unified the faculty across six schools. Executive CommitteeThe Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the trinity of senior leadership which holds a major decision-making authority for the Arts and Sciences and its schools. Divisional DeansThe Divisional Deans play a leading role in academic, capital, and campaign planning for the Arts and Sciences divisions.A&S Faculty CommitteesInformation on the Policy and Planning Committee, Educational Policy and Planning Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Academic Review Committee and the Standing Committee on Language Lecturers.InitiativesLearn more about our University Initiatives, comprised of the Globalization Initiative, Graduate Student Initiative and the Science Initiative.