College of Arts and Sciences


Matt Bethea, right, participated in classes taught by Quinnipiac University Professor Don Sawyer, left. Photographed near the corner of State and Humphrey Streets in New Haven March 14, 2016. (Photograph by Christopher Beauchamp / for Quinnipiac University Magazine)

Performance art

Sociology professor Don Sawyer, left, runs a “hip hop advisory” program at a New Haven high school. The goal? To keep at-risk students from dropping out by working with them to write and perform rap lyrics. “It gave us a reason to want to go to school,” says former high school student Matt Bethea, right.

Don Sawyer, sociology professor, uses hip-hop to create positive change

"As an educator, it is my goal to create an atmosphere that engages, excites and inspires students. I aim to create an environment where knowledge is co-produced. Being a first-generation college student has grounded me and kept me mindful of the importance of outreach, opportunity and access. With all of the sacrifices others have made to help me be successful, restricting my work to campus would not be fulfilling. I believe it is my responsibility to use my scholarship and social position to serve my community. I enjoy students' willingness to step outside of their boundaries and take intellectual journeys with me."

By the Numbers


Major Success

The percentage of our 2016 College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are either employed or in graduate programs.


Learn from Experience

The percentage of Quinnipiac seniors who rated their overall experience as "good" or "excellent." (NSSA 2015 National Survey)

Programs at a Glance

Engage, create and explore

You are unique. Your education should be no different. Twenty-one majors, 31 minors, and two graduate and dual-degree programs across 12 departments present you not only with options, but the means to make Quinnipiac the place where your passions and your future livelihood intersect. Our highly individualized 360 Advising program helps you to find the right major and internship opportunities that align with your talents, interests and professional goals.

Whatever your strengths and academic focus may be, a host of resources within the College of Arts and Sciences is available for you to deepen your skill set and broaden your interests.

School and Campus Life

Find your roots

Your learning begins in the classroom. Your growth as a student and an individual continues outside of it. The College of Arts and Sciences is a moveable hub where individuals from all academic groups converge, not diverge. You’ll live and work in a community of other like-minded students who share your interests and values, but also offer different ideas and perspectives.

Whether you live on campus or off, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in numerous organizations and yearly events alongside students of different academic departments and social backgrounds. These include annual university-wide writing competitions, Humanitarian Service Trips, the Mock Trial Program, Nobel Laureate Summit and the truly unique Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS).

Quinnipiac University senior Estee Zeldin works on her project during an Eco-Fashion course taught by Hanna Hejmowski Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac's York Hill campus. The class will display their couture spring collection made from recycled items in the annual Sustainable Fashion Show on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016 on the Quad at Quinnipiac's Mt. Carmel Campus.


Estee Zeldin, ’16, works on a project in an Eco-Fashion class taught by Hanna Hejmowski. Zeldin’s work was displayed in the annual Earth Day Sustainable Fashion Show in April 2016; all outfits are made from recycled items. "I believe that once we show our outfits, people will see that it's possible to look sexy and to look fierce, and still keep our Earth a healthy place," says Zeldin.

Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 during Quinnipiac University's Hike to Yoga program. Participants begin at the foot of the mountain with a moment of guided meditation then hike the mountain alongside a guest speaker, who discusses a topic related to the Giant. When they reach the peak, the group practices guided yoga. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Mountain meditation

Students and faculty hike up Sleeping Giant Mountain in September as part of the Hike to Yoga Program, which includes a guided meditation, a lecture by a guest speaker, and a group yoga session on the summit. The popular program is held several times in both spring and fall.

Freshman Isabelle Lopes laughs with friends in her Mountainview dorm room after classes Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Residence life

Isabelle Lopes '20 enjoys living with other freshmen in the Mountainview residence on the Mount Carmel Campus.


Dana Meixell in a lab with College of Arts and Sciences. Copyright Notice: Rich Gilligan @Hello Artists photographed in Spring 2016 for the new branding materials and new EDU website. Usage terms are: Marketing Collateral in perpetuity - e.g.-student guides, annual reports, flyers, brochures, public affairs, web/social media
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Research maven

Dana Meixell '16 developed a love of science while studying at Quinnipiac. She plans to attend medical school after taking a few years off to pursue her research interests.

Career Development

A Quinnipiac education is an active learning experience that cultivates your core talents and interests, while tailoring them to real-world ambitions. The skills of creative problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, research and communication are universal commodities to employers in every corner of the job market.

With numerous career resources available, we’ll help you decide exactly which one you belong in, and make sure you arrive there. Hundreds of internship opportunities, as well as career fairs, career counseling services, professional development workshops and networking events position you for a spectrum of employment options upon graduation.

Opportunities for Students

  • 400+ internships
  • Faculty-mentored research
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Semester in Washington, D.C.
  • QU in LA program



Take your first step

The opportunities and pathways made available to you in the College of Arts and Sciences are numerous; your path here is straightforward and seamless. Representatives from the Office of Admissions will answer any questions you have about specific department and program requirements, application materials and deadlines.    

Centers and Resources

Learning spaces that inspire

Situated in the shadow of Sleeping Giant and Mount Carmel’s pine grove, the Dean Robert W. Evans College of Arts and Sciences Center houses collaborative classrooms, computer labs and other fully equipped facilities dedicated to student-centered learning.

Spaces as diverse as the Black Box Theater and Center for Psychological Science host a number of annual programs and events that allow you to expand upon your current interests and skills. 

Centers and Resources

A convergence of ideas

The Dean Robert W. Evans College of Arts and Sciences Center, buildings 1, 2 and 3, houses classrooms, faculty offices and the Black BoxTheater.

Our Work

From the classroom to the community and out into the world

Our students don’t wait until graduation to start leaving their mark on the world. While here, they direct plays performed on New York stages, publish real scientific research and study major health issues from inside some of the world’s most at-risk regions. 

Students simply follow 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.

Our Work

Courtney McGinnis, assistant professor of biology, at Quinnipiac University, retreives water samples from the Quinnipiac River Thursday May 14, 2015. Their study is funded by the Quinnipiac River Grant through the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. They sampled river water in Wallingford and North Haven.  (Photograph by Johnathon Henninger / for Quinniapic University)

White-glove treatment

Biology Professor Courtney McGinnis retrieves water samples from the Quinnipiac River as part of an ongoing study that is aimed at identifying and quantifying known pollutants in the water.

“I am passionate about educating and mentoring students. I have always been interested in environmental toxicology and I love sharing my passions about research and science with students and getting them excited.”
Courtney McGinnis
Professor of biology

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