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Faculty

Sociology professor Don Sawyer talks with a young student outside a building with a painted mural of a butterfly

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 international award-winning authors, researchers and Fulbright Scholars. They actively shape their fields and enrich communities—and involve their students in the process. 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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Students with Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra outside with the street and town hall in the background.

Seizing opportunity

Antoine Campbell, left, and Tymothee Kelley-Anderson, far right, work with Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra during their summer internship with the police department. Campbell and Kelley-Anderson took advantage of the Presidential Public Service Fellowship program, which 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

Choose the pathway to your future

You are unique. Your education should be no different. Our 20 majors, 31 minors, 3 graduate and dual-degree programs present you with near limitless options. Moreover, opportunities in Quinnipiac’s 8 additional 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.

We don’t believe in “easy credits,” nor in putting walls up between disciplines. Every course taken is meaningful. A cluster of electives that pique your interest can lead to a minor, while courses you may have never considered can lead to new realms of personal and professional growth. Whatever you choose, applied, experiential learning opportunities—from internships to participation in our Global Solidarity Program—are a requirement, and will play a central role throughout your education.

This brand of focused academics and experiential learning not only paves the way to a fulfilling life and career, but for graduate study in numerous fields as well. 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. You may have multiple interests and passions, and the “right major” may in fact 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 strengths and goals. 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 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 Peace Laureate Summit and the Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS).

Estee Zeldin ’16 secures a pin on her eco-friendly clothing garment

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.

A group of students in casual wear climb up rocks on the Sleeping Giant mountain

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.

Isabelle Lopes '20 smiles as she lays on her bed with pictures on the wall behind her

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 and tailors them to real-world ambitions, setting you up for a spectrum of employment options upon graduation. That process is what CAS360, our student advising platform, is all about. Beginning on day-one, CAS360 seamlessly integrates academic and career development throughout the entirety of your college experience, helping you pair the right course sequence with applied learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

It’s a given that these learning experiences, as well as various career development resources will be central to your education. Hundreds of domestic and international internships, as well as career fairs, professional development workshops, networking events and study abroad options are made available to you in your time here. Working collaboratively with your CAS360 Advising team, you’ll decide which of these best fits your personal needs and bring you closer to the life and career that speaks to your talents and passions.

The skills of creative problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, research and communication are essential to employers in every corner of the job market. Combining these with diverse technical skillsets and a wealth of real-world experience, arts and sciences graduates close the pay gap with peers in “lucrative” fields—including STEM—in five years. They secure the positions they do precisely because of the kind of experiential, interdisciplinary and collaborative education they receive here.

Student Opportunities


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

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N'mey N'doua wears a protective gown and gloves as she handles a test tube with a red substance

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 throughout its mainstage season. Others, such as the Albert Schweitzer Institute, bring former Nobel Laureates and other internationally renowned figures to campus every year.

A student reads his notebook sitting in an outdoor courtyard by the College of Arts and Sciences buildings.

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.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, academic and career support is also always close at hand. The Learning Commons is an interdisciplinary academic support hub where students can easily turn challenges into opportunities — or help others do the same as peer tutors. 

Admissions

Your future starts here

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.