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Faculty

Sociology professor Don Sawyer talks with a young student outside a building with a mural painted on it

Performance art

Sociology professor Don Sawyer, left, runs a “hip hop advisory” program at a New Haven high school. The goal? To keep at-risk students from dropping out by working with them to write and perform rap lyrics. “It gave us a reason to want to go to school,” says former high school student Matt Bethea, right.

Professors active in their fields

Our faculty include a long list of authors, researchers and Fulbright Scholars who are actively shaping their fields and enriching communities—and involving their students as they do it. Sociology professor Don Sawyer is one such example.

Sawyer is the founder of a program that uses the medium of hip-hop to inspire artistic expression and critical analysis in urban high schools. He regularly includes his sociology students to not only observe but assist him on site, and he has invited high schoolers to campus to discuss their experiences. A first-generation college student, Sawyer is motivated by the sacrifices others have made for him, and is mindful of the importance of outreach, opportunity and access.

“I believe it is my responsibility to use my scholarship and social position to serve my community. As an educator, it is my goal to create an atmosphere that engages, excites and inspires students. I enjoy students’ willingness to step outside of their boundaries and take intellectual journeys with me.”
Don Sawyer
Assistant professor of sociology

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Quinnipiac University students Antoine Campbell, left, and Tymothee Kelley-Anderson, far right, work with Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra outside the Hamden Police Department

Quinnipiac University students Antoine Campbell, left, and Tymothee Kelley-Anderson, far right, work with Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra Friday, July 28, 2017 during their summer internship with the police department. Campbell and Kelley-Anderson are Quinnipiac Presidential Public Service Fellows. The program affords students the opportunity to spend the summer working with town governments.

By the Numbers

99%


Major Success

The percentage of our 2016 College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are either employed or in graduate programs.

91%


Meaningful Experiences

The percentage of Quinnipiac seniors who rated their overall experience as "good" or "excellent." (NSSA 2015 National Survey)

Programs at a Glance

Near endless pathways to your future

You are unique. Your education should be no different. 20 majors, 31 minors, 2 graduate and dual-degree programs present you with near limitless options. Additionally, opportunities in Quinnipiac’s 8 other professional schools will show you ways to utilize your major that you never would’ve imagined before. This emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration is what makes Quinnipiac the place where your passions and your future livelihood intersect.

Our flexible curriculums ensure that every course taken is meaningful. A cluster of electives can easily be focused into minor or lead to a second major—leading to broader professional opportunities. Many programs require at least one internship to graduate, while many others purposely offer the opportunity to study abroad or participate in international immersion trips. Focused academics and experiential learning also prepare students for graduate study in numerous fields. Every year, an increasing number of our graduates are accepted to medical and law school, as well PhD, MFA, MBA and a variety of doctoral programs.

It’s possible that you won’t have a clear picture of what your future looks like at first. With so many majors available, finding the one that fits you can be difficult. You may have multiple interests and passions, and the “right major” may be a double-major. That’s why we offer CAS110, a first-semester course for undeclared students that exposes them to a variety of subjects and helps define their unique strengths and goals. A supportive network that includes a designated faculty advisor will guide you through this explorative process and set you on a long-term path to success. 

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Students talk together on comfortable couches in the Theatre Arts Center in between call backs for a play

Supportive circles

Students talk together in a lounge area inside the Theatre Arts Center during call back auditions for the production of The Imaginary Invalid.

School and Campus Life

Find your roots — and expand them

Your learning begins in the classroom. Your growth as a student and an individual continues outside of it. The College of Arts and Sciences is a moveable hub where individuals from all academic groups converge. You’ll live and work in a community of other students who share your interests and values, but also offer different ideas and perspectives.

Whether you live on campus or off, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in numerous organizations and yearly events alongside students of different academic programs and various backgrounds. These include annual university-wide writing competitions, humanitarian service trips, the Mock Trial Program, Nobel Laureate Summit and the truly unique Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS).

Quinnipiac University senior Estee Zeldin works on her project during an Eco-Fashion course taught by Hanna Hejmowski Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac's York Hill campus. The class will display their couture spring collection made from recycled items in the annual Sustainable Fashion Show on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016 on the Quad at Quinnipiac's Mt. Carmel Campus.

Eco-fashion

Estee Zeldin, ’16, works on a project in an Eco-Fashion class taught by Hanna Hejmowski. Zeldin’s work was displayed in the annual Earth Day Sustainable Fashion Show in April 2016; all outfits are made from recycled items. "I believe that once we show our outfits, people will see that it's possible to look sexy and to look fierce, and still keep our Earth a healthy place," says Zeldin.

Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 during Quinnipiac University's Hike to Yoga program. Participants begin at the foot of the mountain with a moment of guided meditation then hike the mountain alongside a guest speaker, who discusses a topic related to the Giant. When they reach the peak, the group practices guided yoga. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)
,Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 during Quinnipiac University's Hike to Yoga program. Participants begin at the foot of the mountain with a moment of guided meditation then hike the mountain alongside a guest speaker, who discusses a topic related to the Giant. When they reach the peak, the group practices guided yoga. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University),Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 during Quinnipiac University's Hike to Yoga program. Participants begin at the foot of the mountain with a moment of guided meditation then hike the mountain alongside a guest speaker, who discusses a topic related to the Giant. When they reach the peak, the group practices guided yoga. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)
,Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 during Quinnipiac University's Hike to Yoga program. Participants begin at the foot of the mountain with a moment of guided meditation then hike the mountain alongside a guest speaker, who discusses a topic related to the Giant. When they reach the peak, the group practices guided yoga. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Mountain meditation

Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain in September as part of the Hike to Yoga Program, which includes a guided meditation, a lecture by a guest speaker, and a group yoga session on the summit. The popular program is held several times in both spring and fall.

Freshman Isabelle Lopes laughs with friends in her Mountainview dorm room after classes Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)
,Freshman Isabelle Lopes laughs with friends in her Mountainview dorm room after classes Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University),Freshman Isabelle Lopes laughs with friends in her Mountainview dorm room after classes Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)
,Freshman Isabelle Lopes laughs with friends in her Mountainview dorm room after classes Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Residence life

Isabelle Lopes '20 enjoys living with other freshmen in the Mountainview residence on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Career Development

Merging academics with career development

A Quinnipiac education is an active learning experience that cultivates your core talents and interests, while tailoring them to real-world ambitions.

It’s a fact that the skills of creative problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, research and communication are universal commodities to employers in every corner of the job market. With numerous career resources available, we’ll help you decide exactly which one you belong in, positioning you for a spectrum of employment options upon graduation.

This decision is what our student advising platform is all about. CAS360 seamlessly integrates academic and career development throughout the entirety of your college experience. Along the way, you’ll have access to hundreds of domestic and international internship opportunities, as well as career fairs, professional development workshops, networking events and study abroad options.    

Student Opportunities


  • 400+ internships
  • Faculty-mentored research
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Semester in Washington, D.C.
  • Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program

Career

N'mey N'doua works with equipment during her microbiology lab with Professor Eugene Sung.

Clue seeking

N'mey N'doua works with equipment during her microbiology lab with Professor Eugene Sung.

Centers and Resources

Building networks, expanding career opportunities

Our facilities are a crossroads for creative and professional interests, and will connect you to internships, international immersion, volunteering and even the philanthropic world of Nobel Peace Prize winners. The Bioanthropology Institute provides a gateway to real archaeological study; the Center for Psychological Sciences features professional seminars and research opportunities for students and faculty alike; and the Quinnipiac Theater Arts Center showcases our talent to the greater community every year during its mainstage season. Others, such as the Albert Schweitzer Institute, bring former Nobel Laureates and other internationally renowned figures to campus every year.

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A convergence of ideas

The Dean Robert W. Evans College of Arts and Sciences Center, buildings 1, 2 and 3, houses classrooms, faculty offices and the Black BoxTheater.

The Dean Robert W. Evans College of Arts and Sciences Center, situated in the shadow of Sleeping Giant State Park and Mount Carmel’s pine grove, is the spiritual heart of the college. The Robert Evans Center houses student-centered classrooms, laboratories and other resources. It is also the home of Montage, the student-run literary and arts journal, as well as the Quinnipiac Literary Society.

Academic and career support is also always close at hand. The Learning Commons is an interdisciplinary academic support hub where students can turn weak subjects into strengths - or help others do the same.

Admissions

Admissions

Take your first step

The opportunities and pathways made available to you in the College of Arts and Sciences are numerous. If you're ready to start forging your path, we're here to help. The admissions process is straightforward and seamless, and representatives from the Office of Admissions will answer any questions you may have about specific department and program requirements, application materials and deadlines and financial aid. The first step is yours to take. Make it happen.   

Take the Next Step