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The world can’t wait. Neither will we.

The future is a place we make at the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Launching change-makers for the world

Today, the world is evolving faster than ever before, shaped and challenged by sweeping and unprecedented forces like climate change, globalization, population growth and the digital revolution. The Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences believes the key to surviving and thriving in this shifting landscape is understanding how the human condition drives the need to create progress in communities, cities and across the globe.

We are a pipeline of talent — ambitious leaders, thinkers and change-makers that the world needs now.

Contact Cricket Brosius, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Drexel
Cricket P. Brosius
Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences is founded on the innovative ideal that human progress and fulfillment lie at the intersection of art, science and industry. We embrace society’s greatest challenges through boundless curiosity, focused research and continuous innovation. The world looks to our faculty for their expertise in areas like disease biology, crime and justice policy, STEM education, global social movements, neuropsychology, and more. Our student labs and research centers yield tangible solutions that advance human progress and make life better: tools to fight water and air pollution, strategies to improve cognitive function, innovative approaches to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.

We seek partners who share our passion and vision. Your investment in the College of Arts and Sciences will not only empower us to realize our greatest potential, but will also put your stamp on generations to come. The future is a place — of health, innovation, opportunity — we make. Help shape the vision of our College by investing in Drexel’s intellectual foundation or supporting our commitment to the community.

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Intellectual Powerhouse

Since its founding more than 125 years ago, Drexel has evolved from a regional commuter school to a world-class research institution. To continue this trajectory, we must increase investment in our intellectual foundation – the College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS). By doing so, we ensure that our graduates are critical, flexible thinkers and experienced professionals who are ready and willing to become leaders of change in the world.

Champions for the Community

As champions for the community, the College of Arts and Sciences offers more than the traditional liberal arts education. Our students are eager to serve society, and they often pursue co-ops in the nonprofit arena. In our unique community-based learning courses, students are placed in eye-opening environments — prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, hospice centers — to confront difficult societal issues alongside the people who grapple with these issues firsthand. Through these powerful experiences, our students gain a nuanced understanding of the world, their place within it, and difference they can make.

Giving Priorities

Dean’s Excellence Fund

This fund supports the College’s top priorities, including student fellowships, faculty and student programming, and improving our teaching and research facilities. Your investment in the College of Arts and Sciences ensures that all CoAS majors—more than 2,500 students—will have access to in-person co-ops, community-based-learning classes, and research opportunities in our labs, writing centers and media facilities. This is your opportunity to enhance the future of both the College and our students.

Student Assistance Fund

This fund assists College of Arts and Sciences students who experience financial hardship. Your support helps students focus on growing their skillset and confidence to become ambitious leaders, thinkers and changemakers without being deterred by the cost of their education, travel to professional conferences, or engagement in civic activities.

Co-Op Opportunities Fund

This fund supports College of Arts and Sciences students who find unpaid co-op positions with nonprofits or other worthy organizations, or who wish to complete a co-op abroad to widen their global perspectives. Co-ops have a direct impact on the growth of our students by providing an invaluable experience that is integral to their future success. Your support recognizes the importance of this hands-on, real-world experience for our students and empowers them to realize their greatest potential.

BRIDGE Program Fund

This fund supports the Build Relationships In Diverse Group Experiences (BRIDGE) program, which works to develop community and foster success among underrepresented minority students in the College of Arts and Sciences. This BRIDGE program empowers and supports our BIPOC students by working to close systemic gaps via extracurricular mentoring, networking, professional development and financial literacy education. Your gift to this program directly supports CoAS’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts by funding student mentor stipends, faculty advisor stipends, activities and transportation.

Our Impact Stories

Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences is grounded in the ideal that human progress and fulfillment lie at the intersection of art, science and industry. The College embraces society’s greatest challenges through boundless curiosity, focused research and continuous innovation. Our talented students, dedicated faculty and community partners collaborate across disciplines to make a real difference.

Sky Harper

Finding Opportunity as an Indigenous Student

Sky Harper, a third-year chemistry major, shares his experience finding community and opportunity at Drexel in this guest blog.

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Jason Mott and Angel Hogan

Award-Winning Author Jason Mott Shares Writing Wisdom with MFA Cohort

Jason Mott, a bestselling author of two poetry collections and four novels, spent a day with students in the MFA in Creative Writing program last month as part of the book tour behind his 2021 National Book Award-winning novel, Hell of a Book.

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Lisa Forsyth

From the Army to Herbal Tea: Meet Lisa Forsyth, MS Environmental Science '91

Lisa Forsyth, MS environmental science ‘91, served 33 years in the US Army as an enlisted soldier and colonel. Now, she lives a self-sustaining lifestyle on her Texas ranch and is the owner of Oli Tea Company, which produces all-natural, sustainably grown herbal tea. It may seem like an unusual career pivot, but according to Forsyth, making your unique idea a reality is "a very Drexel concept."

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Kaylee Wilson

Finding Empowerment as a First-Generation Student

Guest blogger Kaylee Wilson, a third-year sociology and global public health double major, shares her experience as a first-generation college student at Drexel.

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Kris Freyland in the field

Confronting the Effects of Coastal Climate Change

Throughout their co-op this spring and summer, environmental science major Kris Freyland worked with Beth Watson, PhD, associate professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science and senior scientist at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Patrick Center for Environmental Research, to study the impact of saltwater intrusion into coastal forests.

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MFA Alum’s Debut Memoir Published During Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

When Leah Mele-Bazaz found out that her first daughter had died in utero at the start of her third trimester, she instantly withdrew from everyone and everything around her. She told herself she would never talk about it, and she certainly would never write about it. But despite her promise to never put pen to paper, Mele-Bazaz started writing as soon as she got home from the hospital. Now, during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, her debut memoir has been published.

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MFA Program Launches Scholarship Fund to Support Marginalized Writers

When the first cohort of students in Drexel’s MFA in Creative Writing program graduated, in the spring of 2021, its members raised and donated $1,300 to fund the program’s civic engagement efforts. The gesture was well in keeping with a core tenet of the University, the College and the program itself, and it touched MFA program director Nomi Eve deeply.

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