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Students in the community-based learning course “Disaster and Resilience in Puerto Rico” leverage their expertise across majors to help build a more sustainable vision for the future.

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The world won’t wait. Neither will we.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we deliver a time-honored liberal arts education paired with Drexel’s renowned focus on applied learning. Our research and scholarship explore contemporary issues with an eye toward improving the common good.

Explore our programs

With a breadth of disciplines and a focus on the now, the College is the perfect home for curious scholars who seek to apply their learning in the service of humanity. Our undergraduate programs give students a broad-based, hands-on education, and our graduate programs take a rigorous yet practical approach to advancing knowledge.

Research that drives change

Students at the College of Arts and Sciences —many beginning as early as their freshman year— work hand-in-hand with world-class Drexel researchers and scholars. Together, they enhance understanding, generate groundbreaking discoveries and drive positive change across a diverse range of disciplines spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Making Microscopes That Maximize Innovation, Democratize Science

Open Science Hardware (OSH) describes open license scientific tools available for anyone to study, modify, reproduce and distribute. Postdoctoral researcher Julieta Arancio —who works with Associate Professor of Politics Gwen Ottinger at Drexel's Center for Science, Technology and Society— explores how OSH can increase knowledge production in academia by analyzing a transnational OSH initiative: the OpenFlexure microscope.

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Using MXene Electrodes to Advance Dry Electroencephalography (EEG)

Neuroscientist John Medaglia, an assistant professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, was named co-primary investigator on an NIH R01 award to support using MXene electrodes to advance a dry EEG technology that overcomes the limitations of current devices.

The vanishing neutrinos that could upend fundamental physics — Nature

How could the global search for exotic ‘Majorana’ particles solve an antimatter mystery? Michelle Dolinski, a spokesperson for the Enriched Xenon Observatory experiment and an associate professor of Physics, offers her expert perspective in Nature.

The Next Generation’s Champion of Chimps — NatGeo

Listen in as Katy Gonder, an experienced primatologist and the head of Drexel's Biology department, explains in this National Geographic podcast how the extinction of endangered chimpanzees in Nigeria could deeply impact all of the living things in the forest that depend on them.


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