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His devotion to Native American healthcare inspires chemistry major Sky Harper, recipient of the prestigious Goldwater and Udall fellowships, to go above and beyond.

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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.

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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.

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Knowledge 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.

The Future Ghost Forests of New Jersey

When seas rise and coastal flooding pushes farther into low-lying forests, trees close to salt marshes are at greater risk of dying. LeeAnn Haaf, a PhD candidate in Drexel University’s Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Department, studies the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on trees in the Delaware Estuary.

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Voters Say They Want a New Political Party. Will Forward Be It?

Jack Santucci, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Politics, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about the viability of the new Forward Party. Launched in June 2022, the party is led by a former Democratic presidential hopeful and a former Republican governor of New Jersey. Its pitch is that most voters want pragmatism not partisanship.

The Science of Why You Have Great Ideas in the Shower

John Kounios, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, was quoted in a National Geographic story on why creative breakthroughs, or aha moments, happen during passive activities like showering.

See the Strange Underground Detector Probing Neutrino Mysteries

Michelle Dolinski, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, was quoted in Scientific American in an article about new and upgraded experiments around the world trying to show an extremely rare kind of nuclear decay, that could have a significant impact across physics.


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