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The world can’t wait. Neither will we.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resilience & Joy: Lessons of Da Land
Led by environmental science major Alexis Wiley, a twelve-week cocurricular program introduced Drexel students and community members to food sovereignty and land justice issues in Black Philadelphia. The course worked with community partners and explored a wide variety of sources to deliver Lessons of Da Land.
Writing Her Own Journey: Meet English Major Madison Betts
Drexel’s 10-week term format allowed Madison Betts to discover her true passion of writing. On the five-year, three co-op plan, Betts is gaining experience in publishing while looking forward to graduate school and one day publishing her own book.
From Co-op to Law School, Avery Maudlin Credits Philosophy Major for Defining his Path
Avery completed three co-ops and is currently a fellow at the Kline & Specter law firm, where he is currently working on a mass tort class action case, serving as a liaison between incoming clients and attorneys. He views the skills learned in his philosophy classes—the ability to intake information and make your own knowledge—as extremely important in the legal field.
Research Co-op Leads to Innovative Breakthrough for Math and Physics Major Omesh Dhar Dwivedi
Drexel undergraduate Omesh Dhar Dwivedi was part of a team of researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory who have proposed a step-by-step chemical pathway to creating boron nitride nanotubes. The math and physics major from Lucknow, India, discusses the work he did during his co-op.
Meet Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies Jakeya Caruthers, PhD
Jakeya Caruthers, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies. Her research attends to black political aesthetics within 20th and 21st century cultural production and to the study of race, gender, sexuality, and state discipline.
Community Read Examines Lasting Legacy of American Universities’ Ties to Slavery
The College of Arts and Sciences’ inaugural DEI Community Read focused inward in its exploration of the interconnected histories of colonialism, slavery, race and higher education through its discussion of Craig Steven Wilder’s Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.