Departments & Centers

Academic Departments

Department of Anthropology

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Research Interests:

  • Aging and health
  • Social organization
  • Cultural theory
  • Visual, digital and cultural anthropology
  • Digital subjects and subjectivities
  • Family Dynamics
  • Concepts of the self
Anthropology: BA
Minor: Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human beings — past and present. We are interested in the cultures, traditions, and daily practices that define, separate and unite us. As an Anthropology student, you will gain a firsthand, ground-level perspective on the diversity of human experience, as well a broad range of critical thinking and qualitative and quantitative research skills in demand in the business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science

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Research Interests: Learn more about BEES research »

  • Tropical biology/ecology
  • Population biology of sea turtles and terrapins
  • Systematic and evolutionary biology from phytoplankton to plants and animals
  • Physiological constraints on amphibians and desert reptiles
  • Paleobiology and paleoecology
Environmental Science: BS | MS | PhD
Geology: BS
Minor: Ecology

The Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) is a result of the recent partnership between Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences, the oldest natural history museum and research institution in North America. The department motto,“Field Experience, Early and Often,” is at the core of our undergraduate and graduate curricula: students gain a field-based education that balances basic and applied research in the natural and environmental sciences. Whether it’s searching for 200-million-year-old fish, studying army ant migration, or marching through tidal marshes, students will engage in hands-on fieldwork throughout their years at Drexel. Students will also have access to the vast collections (over 17 million specimens) at the Academy of Natural Sciences, including those collected by the likes of James Audubon and Joseph Leidy.

Department of Biology

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Research Interests: Learn more about Biology research »

  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
Degrees: Biological Sciences: BS | BS/MS | BS/MD | MS | PhD
Minors: Bioinformatics | Biological Sciences | Bioscience and Society

From the evolution of organisms to the very cells that fuel their existence, biology is the study and classification of life itself. The Department of Biology at Drexel University immerses students in the study of these concepts through the theoretical, practical and hands-on aspects of biology. Whether pursuing rigorous Baccalaureate, Masters or Doctoral Degrees, students are guided by a diverse faculty set, skilled in a range of areas from molecular and cellular biology to immunology and the study of nutrition and foods.

Department of Chemistry

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  • Biochemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
Degrees: Chemistry: BA | BS | BS/MS | MS | PhD
Minor: Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences is a community of faculty, staff and students dedicated to excellence in education and the advancement of research in chemical sciences. Chemistry is often called "the central science," driving all life processes and underling all modern technology.

Disciplines within chemistry are traditionally grouped by the type of matter being studied or the category of study. These include inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and theoretical chemistry. The undergraduate and graduate programs at Drexel University provide students with the opportunity to explore the exciting world of chemistry and to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for lifelong achievement.

Department of Communication

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Research Interests:

  • Popular culture
  • Mass media effects
  • Journalism studies
  • Social Media
  • Rhetoric
  • Communication theory and history
  • Global media

Communication: BA | BS | BA/MS | BS/MS | MS
Communication, Culture and Media: PhD
Minor: Communication

The Communication department offers a major in communication, with concentrations in corporate and public relations, journalism, and technical and science communication.

The department is committed to helping students become broadly educated and professionally competent individuals. Students are exposed to a variety of media and are guided in the development of their interpretive and expressive skills.

All communication majors take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods. They then specialize in one of three concentrations: corporate and public relations, technical and science communication or journalism.

Department of Criminology and Justice Studies

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Research Interests:

  • Police authority and accountability
  • Urban Ecology and Sociology
  • Identity theft in corporate data breaches
  • Effects of Tasers on cognitive functioning
  • Juvenile justice

Criminology and Justice Studies: BS
Minors: Computer Crime | Criminal Justice

Drexel University's Program of Criminology and Justice Studies offers a rich educational experience that emphasizes justice and criminological theory, and translating concepts into practice. With its three thematic concentrations: Criminology and Justice Policy, Justice Informatics and Criminal Justice; the Program in Criminology and Justice Studies provides all students with foundational knowledge and tools of the discipline, while allowing them to specialize in different areas of interest within the discipline.

Department of English & Philosophy

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English: BA
Philosophy: BA
Minors: English | Philosophy | Writing

English and philosophy are at the core of the humanities discipline. While English looks to develop skills in writing, reading and literary texts, Philosophy examines theoretical and practical questions, looking at human behavior, justice, logic and reasoning. Students enrolled in the Department of English and Philosophy programs are exposed to literature from a variety of periods, cultures and genres, and develop skills in critical thinking, literary analysis and writing. Students graduating from the program are well prepared for careers requiring excellent analytical, communication, technological and writing skills.

Department of History & Politics

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Research Interests: Learn more about History & Politics Research »

  • Cities
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Environment
History: BA | BS
Political Science: BA | BS
Minors: American Studies | European Studies | History | Politics | Science, Technology & Human Affairs | World History & Politics

Welcome to the Department of History & Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University! The department offers degrees at the Bachelor and Masters levels, in addition to numerous minors ranging from European Studies to World History and Politics. History and Politics are two distinct and exciting areas of study more complex than some may imagine. Historians study more than just "past politics" and political science professors may study processes and activities never thought to be considered "political." To learn more about the department, please take a moment to look through our website—and feel free to contact us for more information.

Department of Mathematics

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Research Interests: Learn more about Mathematics Research »

  • Partial differential equations
  • Dynamical systems
  • Mathematical neuroscience
  • Numerical analysis
  • Approximation theory
  • Combinatorics
  • Functional analysis
  • Representation theory
  • Geometry and topology
  • Matrix and operator theory
  • Inverse problems
  • Stochastic analysis
Degrees: Mathematics: BA | BS | BS/MS | MS | PhD
Minors: Mathematics

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University. The Department offers Bachelors of Science, Masters and PhD programs of study in mathematics. The curriculum emphasizes abstract reasoning, computing and mathematical modeling. Drexel's Mathematics students acquire knowledge and understanding, cultivate perspective, and develop critical thinking skills and all other skills necessary to comprehend mathematical theory, computing and modeling. Mathematics is a constant partner in science and engineering, and is at the heart of many new exciting developments in industries including information technology, health and finance. Understanding the power of Mathematics can change your view of the world.

Department of Physics

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Research Interests: Learn more about Physics Research »

  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed Matter
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Particle Physics
Degrees: Physics: BS | MS | PhD
Minors: Astrophysics | Physics

Welcome to Drexel University's Department of Physics. This web site describes our bustling, growing, and increasingly active Department. You will find information on our great faculty, on their research and on their teaching. You will also find a description and much information about our vibrant graduate and undergraduate programs. Navigate these pages to explore our Department. And do not hesitate to contact us for further details or to setup a personal visit.

Department of Psychology

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Research Interests: Learn more about Psychology Research »

  • Neuropsychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Health and clinical psychology
Psychology: BS | BS/MS | MS
Clinical Psychology: PhD
Applied Cognitive and Brain Science (ACBS): PhD
Law and Psychology: JD/PhD
Minors: Human Factors & Ergonomics | Psychology

The Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University is an exciting, dynamic and welcoming group of faculty and students. Offering degrees at the Bachelor, Masters, and PhD levels, the Department was most recently ranked #7 nationally amongst colleges that offer doctoral programs in clinical psychology. The department's community of researchers and scholars is dedicated to training students for vigorous graduate study and professional careers in psychology, in addition to offering specialized attention in students' particular areas of interest. Prospective students are invited to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs through personal contact with faculty and students, or by reviewing the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Department of Sociology

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Research Interests:

  • Environmental sociology
  • Medical sociology
  • Urban and community sociology

Sociology: BA
Minor: Sociology

In Drexel’s Department of Sociology, students are trained to identify the values and incentives that are embedded in social norms, policies, institutions, technologies and the built environment. Although often presented as neutral or unbiased, policies, institutions and technologies often privilege some groups while making others vulnerable. Students who take sociology classes learn how to systematically identify hidden biases in an effort to address issues of social justice and equality. Sociology majors and minors develop strong skills in critical thinking, research design, research methods, data analysis, writing and public speaking.

Academic Centers

Center for Interdisciplinary Programs

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Degrees: International Area Studies: BA
Minors: Africana Studies | Greek Studies | Judaic Studies | Women's Studies

The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs provides a collaborative and administrative structure for five academic programs—International Area Studies, Africana Studies, Greek Studies, Judaic Studies, and Women’s Studies—within Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Center’s primary aim is to maintain and develop the mission of each program while also encouraging shared interests across these disciplines and within the College.

Center for Public Policy

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Research Interests: Learn more about Public Policy Research »

  • State and local government
  • Environmental Policy

Public Policy: MS
Environmental Policy: MS

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) supports interdisciplinary policy-oriented scholarship among Drexel faculty and other external affiliates, and engages students in this research through its innovative Masters programs. The CPP has particular research and educational strengths in environmental policy, urban systems management, and science and technology policy.

Center for Mobility Research and Policy

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Research Interests: Learn more about mCenter Research »

The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) at Drexel University combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework. The term “mobilities” applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public space, and mobile communications.

Center for Science, Technology and Society

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Research Interests
Learn about STS Research »

Environmental Policy: MS
Science, Technology & Society: MS

Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology & Society brings together faculty and students who investigate how cultural, economic, historical, and political contexts influence science, technology, and medicine, and how science, technology, and medicine influence these contexts. Faculty in anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health, and sociology conduct original research on the impact of new technologies and scientific knowledge. They also investigate why some technologies or scientific knowledge get adopted while others do not.

English Language Center

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Programs: Intensive English | Global Business English | International Gateway

The English Language Center at Drexel University (Drexel ELC) provides high-quality, English-language instruction and support to English-as-a-second-language (ESL) learners from around the world, as well as English-language support to international students in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Drexel. ELC faculty and staff promote the practice and scholarship of English language teaching on local, national and international levels and provide leadership in the areas of intercultural understanding and cooperation.