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The College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of exciting majors, minors, and certificates that incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives with new technology and hands-on experience. You’ll learn from professors who encourage open discussion. They’ll motivate you to think critically, to push your limits, to merge disciplines and come up with a range of answers to the most challenging problems. If your major carries a strong research component, you’ll work side-by-side with your professors on a number of exciting projects.

This intersection of viewpoints and backgrounds is the heart and soul of your College of Arts and Sciences education. And it’s where you’ll find some of your most valuable learning experiences.

To learn more about the skills you'll gain in each program, please click on the majors listed below.

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Africana Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in Africana Studies provides an understanding of, and background in, the history and cultures of peoples of African descent in North and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. This interdisciplinary minor includes courses in anthropology, history, literature, music, political science and sociology, and allows students the opportunity to focus on their particular area of interest. The minor helps prepare students to become contributors to an increasingly pluralistic society, while also allowing those interested in business, the sciences, engineering, government and social services to present a unique academic background to prospective employers.

American Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in American Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to studying American life and culture. Drawing on the expertise and methodologies of a variety of fields, American studies offers students the opportunity to examine their world critically to understand their place within it. This is an ideal minor for students pursuing graduate work or professional careers in business, engineering or law, as it grounds these practical fields in a strong humanistic tradition.

Anthropology (BA, Minor)

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Anthropology provides students with a cross-cultural awareness that enables them to interact with a variety of people in a wide range of situations. Medicine, law, counseling, nursing and nutrition are only a few of the fields in which clients and professionals may come from different parts of our heterogeneous society. The Anthropology major is a small, highly specialized program that provides students with an exceptional background in theory, methodology and field experience for the workplace or graduate training. The Minor provides students in other fields with a respect for and understanding of the basis of cultural variation.

Upon completion of the BA in Anthropology, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the field of anthropology;
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with at least one other cultural, geographic or ethnographic region of the world;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the variety, variability and relativity of social categories and systems of meaning around the world;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate anthropological knowledge through writing and oral presentations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate existing ethnographic literature through the application of basic theoretical and methodological principles within anthropology;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply anthropological concepts to the understanding/critique of one’s own society and cultural practices;
  • Be able to design and carry out an ethnographic project that demonstrates an understanding of appropriate anthropological methods, as well as indicate the ability to critique other peoples’ anthropological research;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of anthropology and the development of the major theoretical perspectives of the discipline.

Arabic (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian courses are oral-intensive and use an innovative tutorial or "self-instructional" format, limited to groups of three to six students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Arabic, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Astrophysics (Minor)

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Astrophysics brings together many disparate areas of physics—gravitational physics governs the evolution of galaxies and clusters; nuclear physics dominates the cores of stars; and electromagnetism governs the radiation that we use to observe these objects. Students majoring in mathematics and computer science, as well as other disciplines, are often fascinated by the questions raised by astrophysics. The Minor in Astrophysics requires a total of 26.0 credits in addition to the required prerequisite courses..

Bioinformatics (Minor)

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The Bioinformatics Minor examines the application of computer technology and programming to biological fields such as genomics or proteomics. This multidisciplinary program is designed for students majoring in biomedical engineering, bioscience, computer science, information systems or mathematics. Combination with other majors is possible upon consultation with the program director. The minor is divided among courses in biology, programming and computation, human-computer interface design, databases and statistics.

Biological Sciences (BS, BS/MS, BS/MD, Minor)

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Students pursuing the BS in Biological Sciences select from one of five concentrations: (1) Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry; (2) Organismal Biology and Physiology; (3) Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Paleobiology; (4) Pathobiology; and (5) General Biology. The Accelerated BS/MS and BS/MD programs allow academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s or doctor of medicine degree concurrently — entering graduate or medical school one year sooner than in traditional bachelor's and MS/MD programs. Biological Science graduates are prepared for careers in the private sector, government and research laboratories, and for advanced study in graduate and professional programs in medicine, other health related areas, or in teaching.

Upon completion of the BS in Biology, graduates will be able to:

  • Attain a good functional knowledge of general biology content;
  • Understand and be able to perform techniques relevant to modern biology;
  • Critically read and analyze their own work and the biology literature with respect to global impact and experimental design;
  • Communicate effectively in science;
  • Understand how to conduct science in an ethical manner;
  • Be prepared effectively for a career or future schooling in biology or related fields.

Chemistry (BA, BS, BS/MS, BA/MD, Minor)

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Undergraduate and graduate chemistry programs at Drexel provide students with a foundation in the traditional disciplines of chemistry, as well as the opportunity to explore the workings of chemistry in the natural and technological worlds. The department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The BA is a 4-year non-co-op program. The BS is offered both as a 5-year co-op and a 4-year non-co-op program and is certified by the American Chemical Society. The Accelerated BS/MS and BA/MD programs allow academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s or doctor of medicine degree concurrently — entering graduate or medical school one year sooner than in traditional bachelor's and MS/MD programs. In addition, the Minor in Chemistry is available for students in other majors who desire a strong physical science background.

Upon completion of the BS or BA in Chemistry, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate scientific ideas effectively using scientifically relevant language;
  • Be resourceful and engage in critical and analytical thinking to solve problems;
  • Be facile with chemical computations;
  • Have an understanding of how atomic-and molecular-scale structure governs macroscopic properties and reactivity;
  • Have developed an appropriate set of laboratory skills;
  • Practice ethical and professional behavior as described in the American Chemical Society Guidelines.

Chinese (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian courses are oral-intensive and use an innovative tutorial or "self-instructional" format, limited to groups of three to six students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Chinese, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Communication (BA, BS/MS, Minor)

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Through a range of courses, students in the Communication programs at Drexel develop both theoretical and practical skills to prepare them for careers in a wide range of fields. The program offers concentrations in three areas: (1) Corporate and Public Relations, (2) Technical and Science Communication, and (3) Global Journalism. The Accelerated BS/MS and BS/MD programs allow academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s or doctor of medicine degree concurrently — entering graduate or medical school one year sooner than in traditional bachelor's and MS/MD programs. The Minor is a strong complement to majors that emphasize presentations, interpersonal skills, publicity, and marketing.

Upon completion of the BA in Communication, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand how communication in a variety of contexts is central to the human experience;
  • Clearly and effectively develop, express, and defend their ideas in oral, written, visual, and electronic formats;
  • Understand and apply major communication concepts and theories and be conversant in communication literature;
  • Demonstrate competence in applying major concepts and theories in the production [of professional] messages;
  • Develop an awareness of the impact that changes in technology have on thinking, learning, remembering, and creating; and adapt new technology for new applications;
  • Achieve fluency in a variety of communication methods; be able to locate, review, and evaluate existing literature; develop and hone research ideas; and conduct original research;
  • Achieve literacy concerning mass media institutions and structures; appreciate the vital role of media in sustaining democracy and an informed citizenry;
  • Integrate awareness of diverse audiences, cultures, and contexts into students’ learning and professional experiences--this should include globalization.

Computer Crime (Minor)

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Computers, the Internet and the ever-increasing capabilities of mobile technology have created new opportunities for crime, while also impacting individuals' abilities to commit criminal acts. The Minor in Computer Crime provides students with an overview of the behavioral, legal, technical and administrative issues faced by the criminal justice system and security communities in addressing crime involving computers and related networking technologies. The curriculum exposes students to state-of-the-art solutions used within the public and private sectors to respond to and prevent computer crime.

Criminal Justice (BS/Minor)

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Criminal justice legislation, policy and decision-making, and matters of community safety and wellbeing require well-educated professionals to administer, legislate, communicate, and implement. Students in Drexel's BS in Criminal Justice program will be well-prepared to assume these roles and responsibilities; students will acquire theoretical and methodological skills, written and oral communication skills, as well as a robust foundation in statistics, and computer applications. Additional required courses focus on the areas of forensic science, law, and political and social sciences. The Minor in Criminal Justice is available to students in any major with an interest in the law, legal issues and the forensic sciences who would like to enhance their career options.

Upon completion of the BS in Criminal Justice, graduates will be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and current policies, practices, and processes of the primary institutional units of the criminal justice system. (criminal justice systems);
  • Analyze the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime, including the ability to apply and critique the major theories relevant to those causes. (criminology);
  • Identify the skills and methods used in criminal justice research: including legal analysis; criminal incident and scene analysis; in addition to social science methods, including primary and secondary data collection, analysis, interpretation and policy implications of data. (methods and analysis);
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, while demonstrating basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice. (communication);
  • Demonstrate competency in both the legal and professional standards that govern proper behavior and ethical responsibility in criminal justice vocational settings. (vocational standards and ethics);
  • Demonstrate knowledge of larger, complex societal forces, including social, political and economic systems that affect criminal justice trends and policy responses to crime. (larger social systems knowledge);
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity in our society at large and in the criminal justice system specifically. (social sensitivity and justice).

Ecology (Minor)

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Ecology examines how organisms interact with the biological and physical world and bridges the natural sciences with the social sciences. A Minor in Ecology meets the needs of engineering, science, arts, applied arts, information and business students interested in environmental science. Prior to taking ENVS 230 General Ecology, students are expected to have had one term to a year of both general biology and general chemistry.

English (BA, Minor)

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The English program at Drexel offers a wide-ranging curriculum on British, American and world literatures and stresses the cultural, historical and political contexts that shape and affect literary production. Coursework exposes students to literature from a variety of periods, cultures and genres and also provides practice in critical thinking, literary analysis and writing. These courses enrich students' intellectual lives and provide them with the communication skills valuable to all fields.

Upon completion of the BA in English, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major genres, authors and literary periods;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, writing and textual analysis skills;
  • Demonstrate transferable research skills;
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, communication, technological and writing skills that enable them to examine the relationships between literature and the world and prepare them for careers or graduate work in the humanities, law, teaching, professional writing and other fields

Environmental Science (BS, BS/MS)

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Drexel’s BS in Environmental Science degree has undergone exciting renovations as a result of the 2011 merger of Drexel University with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The new curriculum capitalizes on the strengths of Drexel and Academy researchers, offering students a hands-on, research-rich experience that will prepare them for careers or graduate school in the environmental sciences.

Upon completion of the BS in Environmental Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Attain a good functional knowledge of general environmental science content;
  • Understand and be able to perform laboratory and filed techniques relevant to modern environmental science;
  • Critically read and analyze their own work and the environmental science literature with respect to global impact and experimental design;
  • Communicate effectively in science;
  • Demonstrate an understanding as to how to conduct science in an ethical manner;
  • Be prepared effectively for a career or future schooling in environmental science or related fields.

Environmental Studies (BS, Minor)

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The BS in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on Drexel’s strengths in science, technology, social science and communication. Courses and faculty are drawn from a diverse set of academic programs including the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The program also benefits from Drexel’s urban location, as issues related to urban sustainability policy and planning—including urban redevelopment and land reuse practices, transportation policy, green building, energy efficiency, urban farming and food systems, recycling, and racial and class-based environmental justice and health—are core topics of the program. The Minor is designed to give students specializing in other fields a background in contemporary environmental issues and the ability to analyze such issues.

Upon completion of the BS in Environmental Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key environmental issues facing our planet: including global climate change; air, soil and water quality; human, plant and animal ecosystems; and sustainable land use, transportation, food-agricultural systems;
  • Distinguish larger, complex societal forces, including social, political and economic systems that affect environmental trends and policy responses to environmental problems;
  • Apply the skills and methods in social and environmental and research. These include basic scientific method in ecological and earth sciences; as well as the social sciences, including, public policy; economics, politics; law; sociology; communications; and anthropology. Skills should include primary and secondary data collection, analysis, interpretation and the policy implications of data;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, while demonstrating basic knowledge of information technology as applied to environmental research and practice;
  • Competently apply both the legal and professional standards that govern proper behavior and ethical responsibility in environmental employment settings;
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity in our society at large and in the area of environmental justice specifically;
  • Identify, formulate, and solve problems both individually as well as part of group focused on specific problems or issues.

European Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in European Studies provides students with exposure to the historical, political, social and cultural development of European civilization. The program focuses on the modern period, but students will also gain an awareness of the deep historical roots and currents on which the modern experience has been built.

French (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian and Spanish classes are conducted in a conventional format with enrollments of nine to eighteen students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in French, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

German (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian and Spanish classes are conducted in a conventional format with enrollments of nine to eighteen students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in German, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Greek Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in Greek Studies is an interdisciplinary program concentrating on Mediterranean issues, with a specific focus on the island of Crete. Because the scope of the Minor embraces Hellenism from antiquity to the present, students may select their electives depending on a particular area of Greek studies that most interests them (e.g. mythology, philosophy or performance).

Upon completion of the Minor in Greek Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

History (BA, BS, Minor)

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The BA and BS in History introduce students to historical interpretations in the specific context of selected time periods, geographic areas, and themes. Both programs apply the experiential, research-intensive approach of Drexel to the discipline of history. Original research is the centerpiece of the curriculum, and students learn to research and write history by using the extensive historical resources of Philadelphia. This flexible program allows students to shape a curriculum that reflects their interests and meets a wide variety of pre-professional needs, such as pre-law or pre-civil service.

Upon completion of the BA or BS in History, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an expertise in using the research methods of history;
  • Apply critical thinking skills for the consumption and interpretation of academic and nonacademic knowledge;
  • Demonstrate informational and technological literacy;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter of core content areas of research in history;
  • Communicate empirical findings and critical analysis of research findings effectively in oral and written presentations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and report original research in history;
  • Demonstrate the application of ethical principles of research in history.

Human Factors and Ergonomics (Minor)

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The Minor in Human Factors and Ergonomics is offered through the Department of Psychology. The program is for students interested in design who recognize the importance of taking human characteristics, both strengths and weaknesses, into account in designing artifacts intended for human use (e.g. equipment, computer software, consumer products, and even entire work environments).

International Area Studies (BA, Minor)

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International Area Studies is an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interactive major, linking language study with other academic disciplines such as politics, history, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature and philosophy. It provides coursework, research and professional experience necessary to understanding current global trends in politics, sociology and economics. The BA offers four concentrations: (1) Justice and Human Rights; (2) Global Science, Technology, and Society; (3) International Business and Economics; and (4) Literature, Culture and Arts The Minor in IAS offers an innovative framework that prepares students to be responsible citizens aware of larger world issues and local concerns and able to draw on both the arts and sciences in considering these changes.

Upon completion of the BA in International Area Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of academic research methods, and use material from IAS 190 to good effect;
  • Develop knowledge of US position in wider global context;
  • Develop knowledge of world history, politics, and culture;
  • Achieve an appropriate level of competence in at least one foreign language;
  • Develop knowledge related to the IAS “track” chosen by the student: international business, justice and human rights, etc.;
  • Compose substantial, well-thought-out papers on topics of global concern;
  • Tackle difficult material and distill its important points.

Italian (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian and Spanish classes are conducted in a conventional format with enrollments of nine to eighteen students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Italian, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Japanese (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian courses are oral-intensive and use an innovative tutorial or "self-instructional" format, limited to groups of three to six students. French, German, Italian and Spanish classes use a more conventional format, with enrollments of nine to eighteen students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Japanese, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Judaic Studies (Minor)

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The Louis Stein Minor in Judaic Studies gives students the opportunity to explore and understand the history, culture, politics and religion of the Jewish people. Through interdisciplinary coursework and directed field study, students investigate the Jewish experience from both a contemporary and historical perspective.

Korean (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian courses are oral-intensive and use an innovative tutorial or "self-instructional" format, limited to groups of three to six students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Korean, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Mathematics (BA, BS, BS/MS, Minor)

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The Mathematics program at Drexel provides a supportive learning environment in which students obtain a firm grounding in the core areas of mathematics and apply this knowledge to problems encountered in a technological society. The BA degree provides a strong general mathematics background while still allowing students to tailor the program to their interests. The BS curriculum emphasizes computing and mathematical modeling, giving students a competitive advantage in the job market. Exceptionally skilled students may choose to pursue the Accelerated BS/MS in Mathematics to earn both a bachelor's and master’s degree concurrently, thus entering graduate school one year sooner than in traditional bachelor's and MS programs. Such students typically come with advanced placement credit in calculus.

Upon completion of the BA or BS in Mathematics, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate acquired problems-solving skills in a broad range of significant mathematics;
  • Understand what constitutes mathematical thinking, including the ability to produce and judge the validity of rigorous mathematical arguments;
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce clear and valid proofs, key importance for graduate school;
  • Demonstrate substantial computer programming skills;
  • Use mathematics in their future endeavors, not only in the discipline of mathematics, but also in other disciplines;
  • Demonstrate their command of both mathematics and their ability to interact and convey this knowledge to others.

Medical Humanities (Certificate)

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Designed for students majoring in any of the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, health professions or nursing, the Certificate in Medical Humanities aims to promote dialogue and mutual appreciation for various approaches to health related issues. The primary goal of the program is to provide students with an interdisciplinary framework for systematically studying the multiple dimensions of illness, healing and mortality from both personal and cultural perspectives. This format allows students to explore the limitations of exclusively scientific, quantitative approaches to illness and healing.

Paralegal Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in Paralegal Studies provides instruction in legal research and writing, a background in the structure of the courts and government agencies, as well as additional preparation for the paralegal profession.

Philosophy (BA, Minor)

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Drexel's BA in Philosophy is designed for students seeking both a comprehensive understanding of the leading intellectual traditions of the west and rigorous preparation for graduate school, law school or medical school. Emphasis is on critical thinking, problem solving, strong language skills and the ability to organize and manage information—all skills that are also eagerly sought in the business world. The Minor in Philosophy combines the rigor of traditional philosophical inquiry with an interest in practical problems. In addition to gaining familiarity with professional issues, philosophically trained students perform better on graduate school entrance examinations than most other undergraduates.

Upon completion of the BA in Philosophy, graduates will be able to:

  • Structure their ideas coherently and express them in ways that are truthful and fair in both written and in spoken forms;
  • Employ the skills of logical analysis and appreciate the value and the conditions for rational argumentation, reasonable dialogue, and effective debate;
  • Read and interpret complex, nuanced texts and respond to them reflectively and critically in both written and spoken forms;
  • Think for themselves, and appreciate the value of having a fuller, deeper perspective on life than is possible on the bases of the sciences and career pursuits;
  • Appreciate the impact of their own personal and social choices on the happiness, well-being and aspirations of others, and understand the forms ethical reasoning takes in general and in particular fields;
  • Understand the main questions, problems, concepts, and distinctions in the major fields of Western and or Eastern Philosophy, and pursue research in these areas.

Philosophy in the Arts and Humanities (Certificate)

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The Certificate in Philosophy in the Arts and Humanities is open to all students and entails the study of philosophical themes, problems and questions in the arts and humanities. The Certificate is a valuable alternative for undergraduates majoring in programs that do not include sufficient free electives to allow for a Minor in Philosophy, or for undergraduates wishing to give themselves an interesting advantage in the job market.

Philosophy in Science and Technology (Certificate)

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The Certificate in Philosophy in Science and Technology is open to all students and entails the study of philosophical themes, problems and questions in the sciences and technologies. The Certificate is a valuable alternative for undergraduates who are majoring in programs that do not include sufficient free electives to allow for a Minor in Philosophy, or for undergraduates wishing to give themselves an interesting advantage in the job market.

Physics (BS, Minor)

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The BS in Physics exposes students to both traditional and cutting-edge areas of physics including astrophysics and general relativity; atomic physics; biological physics; condensed-matter physics, including superconductivity and nanotechnology; laser physics and quantum optics; nonlinear physics and chaos; nuclear physics; nuclear astrophysics; and particle and cosmic ray physics. The Minor in Physics exposes students to some of the basic principles of physics, complementing a variety of disciplines—from engineering to other sciences.

Upon completion of the BS in Physics, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physics which include mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics;
  • Demonstrate their ability to acquire, analyze and interpret experimental scientific data in core areas of physics and in complex problems;
  • Demonstrate their analytic thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrate their ability to read, understand, and critically analyze the physical ideas presented in published textbooks and journal articles;
  • Use computer algorithms and simulations to solve physics problems and test physical models;
  • Demonstrate their ability to present information clearly, logically, and critically, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrate both an understanding and the practical application of the ethical standards implicit in science, such as appropriate attribution of ideas, good record keeping, and truthful presentation of data and conclusions;
  • Be fully prepared for graduate study in physics and/or research and professional careers in physical sciences, industry, and/or government;

Political Science (BA, BS, Minor)

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The BA and BS in Political Science help students cultivate perspective, develop critical thinking and communication skills, and understand the economic, social, and political systems within which we live and work. These flexible programs allow students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether preparing for the the job market, or graduate and professional programs. A Minor in Politics is also available and complements a wide variety of disciplines.

Upon completion of the BA or BS in Political Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an expertise in using the research methods of political science;
  • Apply critical thinking skills for the consumption and interpretation of academic and nonacademic knowledge;
  • Demonstrate informational and technological literacy;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter of core content areas of research in political science;
  • Communicate empirical findings and critical analysis of research findings effectively in oral and written presentations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and report original research in political science;
  • Demonstrate the application of the ethical principles of research in political science.

Psychology (BS, BS/MS, Minor)

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The field of psychology seeks to answer a broad array of questions regarding the behavior, thoughts and emotions of individuals. These questions range from the biochemical basis of memory and the effects of stress on health to understanding the causes of emotional problems or experiences such as falling in love. Students in the BS in Psychology will pursue these questions and more using scientific research techniques both in the laboratory and the "real" world. Graduates can apply their knowledge in fields such as business, the health sciences, law, education, counseling and the design of useful and usable technologies.

Upon completion of the BS in Psychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge base of psychology (e.g., familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, professional trends, explain why Psychology is a science, etc.);
  • Use the research methods and statistics of psychology (e.g., understand and apply basic methodology including design, data analysis, and interpretation);
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in psychology (e.g., respect and use critical/creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes);
  • Understand the application of psychology (e.g., understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and/or organizational issues);
  • Demonstrate appropriate informational technology literacy skills (e.g., competence at obtaining/researching professional information and using computers or other technology for professional/educational purposes);
  • Possess communication skills (e.g., communicate effectively in a variety of settings, use APA style effectively in empirically based reports, literature reviews, and theoretical papers);
  • Demonstrate sociocultural and international awareness (e.g., recognize, understand, respect sociocultural and international diversity);

Russian (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian courses are oral-intensive and use an innovative tutorial or "self-instructional" format, limited to groups of three to six students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Russian, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Science, Technology, and Human Affairs (Minor)

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The Minor in Science, Technology and Human Affairs offers students the opportunity to obtain in-depth exposure to the political and social issues related to modern science and technology. The program provides knowledge and skills useful in many areas of professional employment or as preparation for graduate and professional study.

Sociology (BA, Minor)

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Sociology is a broad discipline dealing with interpersonal behavior. It examines the behavior of social units as small as a family or two people riding an elevator and as large as a company, a city, a country, or the entire world. Because sociology critically examines "truths" frequently taken for granted, it does more than offer its own distinctive area of information. Training in sociology leads to a mode of critical thinking that enables one to push beyond established boundaries. Such a skill is invaluable in a wide range of professions.

Upon completion of the BA in Sociology, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of sociological theory;
  • Apply a basic knowledge of sociological research methods to sociological investigations;
  • Articulate a basic knowledge of substantive fields of study within sociology;
  • Be a critical reader of sociological research and scholarship;
  • Be a critical student of real world social issues and problems;
  • Design and carry out sociological research and data collection;
  • Analyze and communicate research findings.

Spanish (Minor)

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Drexel's Modern Languages program offers instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian and Spanish classes are conducted in a conventional format with enrollments of nine to eighteen students. Drexel also offers an advanced-level Certification of Proficiency for students who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework and passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive FSI/ACTFL oral examination with at least an FSI "2" or ACTFL "Advanced" rating. Certification is listed on the student transcript.

Upon completion of the Minor in Spanish, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction;
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension;
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken;
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language;
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research;
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods.

Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene (Certificate)

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This online certificate program is specifically designed for students at the post-baccalaureate level in industrial or governmental settings. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in both toxicology and industrial hygiene to enhance on-the-job performance in the areas of health and safety.

Women's Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in Women's Studies is intended to give students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender interacts with race, age, class and sexual orientation to shape human consciousness and the social, political, and cultural organization of society. It may also provide both men and women with tools for understanding and coping with the larger societal systems in which they must operate as both students and professionals. Because business and industry are increasingly sensitive to issues such as sex discrimination, sexual harassment, equal pay for comparable work, parental leave, and day care, students with a Minor in Women's Studies will have a definite edge over other applicants for managerial and policy-making positions.

World History and Politics (Minor)

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The Minor in World History and Politics introduces students to the historical and political development of societies beyond the American and European context. The 20th-century experiences of decolonization, modernization and development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Islamic world are given special attention.

Writing and Publishing (Certificate)

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The Certificate in Writing and Publishing (CWP) offers the opportunity for both professional and personal development in the areas of writing and publishing. Open to all undergraduates, the Certificate offers three tracks: (1) Professional Writing and Publishing; (2) Creative Writing and Publishing; and the (3) Comprehensive Certificate in Writing and Publishing.