Research and Experience
Integrating Knowledge Across Disciplines
Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences is a thriving hub of collaborative research, creative fusion and experiential learning across disciplines. Our students —many as early as their first year— work alongside our world-class faculty to conduct research and engage in kinetic scholarship in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
We believe that teams take many forms, and building a strong one requires transparency and mutual respect for each individual's unique gifts and expertise. Our tight-knit community of undergraduate and graduate students, dedicated faculty and professional staff strive to promote access, opportunity and justice through a shared pursuit of discovery. Drexel’s reputation as a knowledge-intensive institution built on connected teams is affirmed by its R1 status for ‘very high research activity’ in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and has assured the University a place in the top 100 research universities in the country.
Research and Innovation at Drexel
Your College of Arts and Sciences experience will become one of discovery: Who you are, who you want to become and what motivates you. It's about investigating the world around you and learning how to create new ideas, new solutions and methods that make a difference. Opportunities abound for undergraduate students to engage in mentored research, creative scholarship and hands-on experiences. Our dedicated faculty mentors challenge students to integrate a wide range of topics while expanding their problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills. Participating in research or creative projects allows students the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty who can help them to clarify their academic and professional goals.
The College of Arts and Sciences builds on the idea that human progress and fulfillment lie at the intersection of art, science and industry. Whether you want to gain a new certification or fresh skillset, increase your earning potential, or cultivate your career, we prepare graduate students to address the increasingly complex issues people face at home and worldwide. With supportive resources, experiential opportunities and cutting-edge expertise, our faculty will challenge you to expand your knowledge and leverage your talents. We embrace a team-based culture that will motivate you and encourage you to inspire others. Our liberal arts focus enables you to draw on different disciplines while building vital skills to position yourself for growth – now and into the future.
Ours is a community where the pursuit of knowledge meets the impact of action. It requires a fearlessness to break out of predefined roles or disciplinary bounds, to forge new partnerships and to work collaboratively in ways that challenge conventional norms. Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are widely recognized as experts who readily integrate knowledge across disciplines to drive life-changing solutions that benefit society and foster understanding. Our faculty generate leading research at a level that places them among some of the most productive scholars in the nation. Their pioneering discoveries generate new fields of study and catalyze relationships with prominent academic partners, government and industry. Graduate students often collaborate with their faculty mentors to co-author publications in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals, present findings at national and international conferences, and conduct hands-on research in the field and in various laboratory settings.
We invite you to learn more about our faculty members and to visit our departments and centers.
Faculty Directory | Departments and Centers
Our Literary Community
Writing connects language with thought and action. Writing gets things done in the world. Writing is the primary tool for learning and doing, central to Drexel University’s mission to prepare each generation of students for productive professional and civic lives. Our Drexel graduates –across all levels of scholarship– go on to write with flexibility, confidence, and curiosity as educated contributors to civic and professional life.
The Department of English and Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences works continually to forge an inclusive and equitable literary community through experiential learning, campus-wide events, social-justice projects and dedicated academic support. Students can gain real-world experience through the Drexel Publishing Group, get involved in the annual Drexel Writing Festival, make meaningful connections between their formal education and civic lives by joining the Drexel Writers Room, or take advantage of collaborative writing support offered by the Drexel Writing Center.
Drexel Writers Room
Established in 2014, Writers Room is a university-community literary arts program engaged in creative placemaking and art for social justice. This intergenerational collective of students, alumni, faculty, staff and neighborhood residents co-create places that foster connection and a sense of belonging. Writers Room provides the time, space and expertise needed to share stories and exchange ideas.
Recently, Drexel Writers Room received an inaugural Higher Learning Open Call grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of social justice research and projects.
Drexel Writing Center
The Drexel Writing Center supports all members of our Drexel University community to develop and succeed as writers through free, confidential consultations on writing projects and individualized support for any writing task – from brainstorming to final revision.
While we all live, learn and work within the context of structural racism, the Drexel Writing Center is committed to taking a more expansive and inclusive approach to using language to make meaning and, ultimately, work towards a more just world.
All Research News
Science Is for Everyone: Grant Support Helps Emily Griffith Share Love of Birds
A childhood love of birds inspired Emily Griffith to pursue a career in ornithology. As she enters her third year in Drexel’s Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems PhD program, Griffith has been awarded over $10,000 in grant funding to further her research on the differences in plumage between male and female ducks.
Daouda Njie '22 and Neha Chongtham '23 Win Prestigious Fulbright Awards
This year, five Drexel students and recent alumni have been selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including two from the College of Arts and Sciences: Daouda Njie, BS environmental science '22, who was awarded a study/research grant to Fiji, and Neha Chongtham, biological sciences '23, who will serve as an English teaching assistant in Malta.
CoAS Students Recognized With Graduate College Awards
Drexel University Graduate College recently announced the recipients of the 2023 Graduate Excellence Awards. These awards recognize high-achieving graduate and professional students across disciplines in mentorship, scholarship, civic engagement, service, research and teaching assistance. Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences students who were honored with these awards!