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College of Arts and Sciences Our Work and Research

Our students don’t wait until graduation to start leaving their mark on the world. They experience how groundbreaking legislation and public policies are shaped from congressional offices in Washington, D.C., and contribute to the design and development of new video games from developers such as Electronic Arts and Blizzard. Others publish real scientific research and study major health issues from inside some of the world’s most vulnerable regions. They work as analytical chemists, are recognized with awards for their original poetry, and start their own businesses right here on campus. Students have every opportunity to engage their passion thanks to a powerful alumni network, deep internship pool, interdisciplinary projects and volunteer opportunities.

From the classroom to the community and out into the world

Our students also are able to begin blazing their own trails because of the example their professors set for them. Scholars, artists and scientists, our faculty are active and highly respected in their fields. They excavate 4,000-year-old archeological dig sites, publish avant-garde poetry and direct community outreach programs based on the power of hip-hop music. Perhaps most importantly, they are eager to bring their students along on those journeys.

Alumni Spotlight

Erika Danella stands in a field working with a screen and trowel searching through dirt.
Interdisciplinary offerings helps alumna pursue future in science
Through diverse academic opportunities at Quinnipiac, Erika Danella '18 was able to explore a variety of career options to find her interest in dentistry and scientific research.
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Student Spotlight

Rachel Houlihan stands with another student looking at a photos and information behind glass at a museum exhibit.
History-anthropology cluster course helps student develop holistic world view
Rachel Houlihan '22 gained a new lens through which to study history from an intercultural understanding course (I Course) she took combining world history and cultural anthropology.
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Student Work

Cece Fanning ’17, a theater/English double-major, was the first student scenic designer for a Theater Department main stage production.

Publications and Journals

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are devoted educators who set a precedent for the students they teach and mentor. Passionate and driven scientists, authors, economists and historians, they epitomize the Quinnipiac mission of turning passion into action. Our professors have published numerous books, and regularly contribute their scholarship, criticism, reviews and artistic work to magazines, journals and anthologies.

Poetry Collections
  • Balance Act (Insomniac Press, 2000)
  • The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press, 2010)
Literary Criticism
  • Vocational Philanthropy and British Women's Writing, 1790-1810: Wollstonecraft, More, Edgeworth and Wordsworth (Ashgate Press, 2005)
  • Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva (Truman State University Press, 2010)
  • Ireland's Great Hunger (University Press of America, 2002)
  • This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52
Foreign Language
  • Home Is Where the (He)art Is: The Family Romance in Late Twentieth-Century Mexican and Argentine Theatre (Bucknell UP, 2008)
  • Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Free Spirit (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015)

Economics Journals
  • New York Economic Review
  • American Review of Political Economy
Literary Journals
  • Storyscape
  • Word Riot
  • 32 Poems
  • Toxic Poetry
Psychology & Social Sciences Journals
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Journal of Business and Psychology
  • Journal of Comparative Neurology
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
Literary Criticism
  • Studies in the Novel
  • The Victorian Review
  • European Romantic Review
Philosophy Journals
  • Journal of Value Inquiry

Faculty Spotlight

Game design professor Elena Bertozzi collaborates with students on a project

Professor wins Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant

Elena Bertozzi, associate professor of game design and development at Quinnipiac, was awarded a $100,000 Global Grand Challenges Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.

Bertozzi and Dr. Aparna Sridhar, of UCLA’s School of Medicine, designed an innovative method for understanding cultural norms that influence future family planning decisions in adolescents in Karnataka, India, using a game-like tool that collects information about childbearing intentions and family planning values. The data will be used to design more effective family planning educational materials in the future.

“Leveraging the internet and the ubiquity of social games, we hope to demonstrate that intractable problems can be addressed through innovative uses of technology,” said Bertozzi.

The team is currently seeking funding for further development and distribution of the game. A link to the project website is below.

Learn more about the project

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