The College of Arts and Sciences

About the College

Mission Statement

By pursuing excellence in research and scholarship, we educate our students to become ethical professionals and citizens with knowledge of and appreciation for the fundamental interactions among the humanities, social sciences and the sciences in a fast-changing, challenging, and diverse world.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) stands unafraid in the face of change. We recognize that our ever-evolving, fast-paced culture required a new approach to education, one that understands the world is malleable and can be molded by minds inspired to lead society's evolution.

But innovation requires more than an ambitious personality. It requires versatility -- we must not only be experts in our field, but also agile enough to engage in the cross-disciplinary work needed to address modern problems resourcefully. That's why our faculty challenge students to see past their own perspectives and establish a deeper understanding of humanity's needs. It's why our co-op program inserts students within a professional culture, introducing them to the expectations of the job while offering hands-on practical application of coursework. And it's why, starting as early as early as freshman year, students team with faculty members as peers, conducting research that affects the world now.

Here at CoAS, we are committed to implementing in-the-moment change, not for personal glory, but because it's what the world needs.

Special Programs

Emerging Scholars Program

This two-year program is designed for students interested in the humanities and social sciences who want to experience the range of opportunities in these disciplines before choosing a major. The program provides mentorship, specialized seminars, and co-curricular events, as well as a co-op position in the community to guide students toward defining their scholarly and career interests. The Emerging Scholars Program does not grant a degree, but helps guide students in choosing a major that's right for them.

Learn more on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Pre-professional Programs

Students wishing to prepare for admission to professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, or public health may obtain pre-professional counseling and application assistance at the Steinbright Career Development Center. For health profession application assistance, students may call 215.895.2437. For law school admission assistance, students may call 215.895.1632

Accelerated Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several accelerated degree programs that enable academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and an advanced degree concurrently, graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Depending on the academic program, eligible students can be admitted to an accelerated degree program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman or after completing a minimum of 90.0 credits but no more than 120.0 credits. Note: In addition to the options listed below, student can apply to combine degree programs into an accelerated BS/MS program. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more.

More details about Accelerated Programs can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

DragonsTeach

DragonsTeach is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education designed to allow students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree programs to explore a career in education. Through a unique combination of skills development and classroom experiences, DragonsTeach students can earn a minor in STEM Education and eligibility for teaching credentials while completing their major degree program and co-ops. Learn more on the DragonsTeach website.

Eligible Majors:

  • BS in Biology
  • BS or BA in Chemistry
  • BS in Environmental Science
  • BS or BA in Mathematics
  • BS in Physics

Secondary and Elementary Teacher Certification

The School of Education offers innovative curricula that combines academic majors with appropriate coursework to satisfy state requirements for certification in elementary education. Students interested in the teacher education programs should contact the School of Education.

The Drexel Writing Center

The Drexel Writing Center (DWC) is dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff, at all levels of experience and across all disciplines, in their development as writers.

  • The DWC works with writers at all stages in the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts.
  • The DWC focus is on individual, one-on-one sessions that feature a conversational, collaborative relationship between the reader and the writer they work with.
  • Interaction with the DWC will help writers develop not just writing but critical thinking and reading skills.
  • While DWC readers do not perform copy-editing services, they will help students learn strategies for proofreading and editing their documents.

The DWC is located at 0032 MacAlister Hall and can be reached at 215.895.6633. Further information can be found at the Drexel Writing Center website.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

English Language Center

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel’s English Language Center offers an accredited intensive English program throughout the year. In addition to classes in academic skills such as essay writing and oral presentations, the Center offers the Language of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), Language of Media and Design, Global Business English program (GLOBE), English for academic purposes, TOEFL and iELTS preparation, ESL Teaching enhancement programs, and other subjects. 

Through the International Gateway program, the English Language Center offers academic language preparation for students who have an admissible high school academic background but need further English language proficiency. This pathway program combines academic English language courses, credit courses taught by CoAS faculty, and acculturation activities. Students admitted into the University Preparation program (UPREP) begin their studies at Drexel in the English Language Center in a short, pre-term program designed to prepare international students for the academic work and culture of the American university.

Accepted undergraduate students have access to free language tutoring and other academic skills workshops throughout the academic year.

For more information, see the ELC website or contact the Center at:

English Language Center
229 N.
33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-895-2022
Fax: 215-895-6775
E-mail: elc@drexel.edu
 

The Drexel Co-op

No summers of coffee runs or mindless filing here! Drexel students embark on six-month periods of full-time employment in practical, discipline-specific positions consistent with their interests and abilities. Depending on their chosen program, students have the opportunity to participate in up to three different co-op positions - that's 18 months of real work experience - during their time at Drexel, allowing them to explore their career options, strengthen their resumes and build a professional network in the process. While co-op opportunities can be both paid and unpaid, students who participate in the co-op program typically receive higher starting salaries post-graduation than graduates of other schools.

The number of co-op experiences required for graduation is determined by the student's chosen course of study. The following options exist for most majors:

  • Three Co-op Option (Five Years)
  • One Co-op Option (Four Years)
  • No Co-op Option (Four Years) Though this program is available, we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the co-op program, a key benefit of a Drexel education.

Learn more on the Steinbright Career Development Center website.

Global Opportunities

Global Opportunities Abound

Philadelphia may be the heart of Drexel's campus, but the world is our muse. There are numerous opportunities for Drexel Dragons to go abroad.

Study Abroad

Study abroad allows students a unique academic experience to learn about subjects from an international perspective, often with local students and professors. From Costa Rica to Barcelona, Milan to Turkey, Brazil to Israel, our students have studied all over the world.

Research Abroad

Research extends far beyond the walls of any laboratory. Our students have studied sea turtles in Costa Rica, infectious diseases in Uganda and data from the Double Chooz experiment in France. Many of our faculty members are also involved in international research collaborations and our students have the opportunity to make an impact alongside them.

Co-Op Abroad

Co-op abroad provides students with a unique professional perspective and exposure to an international work environment. Our students have worked at Coca Cola in India, the UN Development Programme in Africa, the Italian Parliament in Rome, and the Heraklion Community Mental Health Center in Greece - just to name a few.

An international co-op gives students a distinct advantage in the global economy, making them more attractive to prospective employers. Candidates with international experience also have the ability to earn higher starting salaries upon graduation.

Visit the Steinbright Career Development Center website to learn more.

Travel Courses

The College of Arts and Sciences' travel-integrated courses allow students to travel domestically or internationally for one or two weeks at the end of a course to extend their studies beyond the classroom. Recent classes have traveled to France to learn about WWI and Brazil to study commodities exchange. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more.

Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program places teams of Drexel students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during spring break. Students may choose to work domestically or internationally in activities that benefit the environment, the community and those in need.

Community-Based Learning

In the College of Arts and Sciences' unique Community-Based-Learning (CBL) courses, students don't just study the issues affecting the world, they study alongside the people affected - from prison inmates to hospice patients. CBL courses are offered in three formats:

  • Side by side
  • Community Hybrid
  • Service Learning

Side-by-side courses create a co-learning environment in which Drexel students and the community members take classes together.

Community hybrid courses are composed entirely of Drexel students are split between the classroom and the community.

Service-learning courses require service in the community in addition to students' credit hours in the classroom.

For a current list of available courses, visit the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

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