Professor Cathy Solomon thrives when she is collaborating with her students and alumni.
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 SawyerAssistant professor of sociology
By the Numbers
The percentage of our 2016 College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are either employed or in graduate programs.
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
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).
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.
- 400+ internships
- Faculty-mentored research
- Study abroad opportunities
- Semester in Washington, D.C.
- Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program
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.
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.
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.
From the classroom to the community and out into the world
Our students don’t wait until graduation to start leaving their mark on the world. They direct plays in New York City, publish real scientific research and study major health issues from inside some of the world’s most at-risk regions. They work as analytical chemists, and are recognized with awards for their original poetry.
Our students can be this proactive about their education because of our focus on applied learning. Thanks to a powerful alumni network, deep internship pool, interdepartmental projects and volunteer opportunities, we are able to create every opportunity for them to engage their passion.
They are also able to begin blazing their own trails because of the example their professors set for them. Scholars, artists and scientists, our faculty are active and highly respected in their fields. They excavate 4,000-year-old archeological dig sites, publish avant-garde poetry, and direct community outreach programs based on the power of hip-hop music. Perhaps most importantly, they are eager to bring their students along on those journeys.