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Sociology professor Don Sawyer talks with a young student outside a building with a painted mural of a butterfly

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.

Professors active in their fields

Our faculty include a long list of authors, researchers and Fulbright Scholars who are actively shaping their fields and enriching communities — and involving their students as they do it.

Sociology professor Don Sawyer is one such example. He is the founder of a program that uses the medium of hip-hop to inspire artistic expression and critical analysis in urban high schools. He regularly includes his sociology students to not only observe but assist him on site, and he has invited high schoolers to campus to discuss their experiences. A first-generation college student, Sawyer is motivated by the sacrifices others have made for him, and is mindful of the importance of outreach, opportunity and access.

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“I believe it is my responsibility to use my scholarship and social position to serve my community,” said Sawyer. “As an educator, it is my goal to create an atmosphere that engages, excites and inspires students. 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 2018 College of Arts and Sciences graduates who are either employed or in graduate programs.


Meaningful Experiences

Percentage of College of Arts and Sciences seniors who report high gains in their ability to think critically and analytically (NSSE 2017)

Programs at a Glance

Choose the pathway to your future

You are unique. Your education should be no different. Our majors, minors, graduate and dual-degree programs present you with near limitless options. Additional opportunities in Quinnipiac’s eight other professional schools will show you ways to utilize your major that you never would’ve imagined before. 

Every course you take is meaningful, and there are no walls between disciplines. A cluster of electives that piques your interest can lead to a minor, while courses you may never have considered can lead to new realms of personal and professional growth—or to the formation of independent or interdisciplinary majors.

Applied, experiential learning opportunities — from internships and faculty-led research to participation in a global solidarity program — will play an important role throughout your education. This combination of focused academics and experience not only paves the way to a fulfilling life and career, but for graduate study in numerous fields as well. Every year, an increasing number of our graduates are accepted to medical and law school, as well PhD, MFA, MBA and a variety of doctoral programs.

It’s possible that you have multiple interests and passions, or don’t have a clear picture of what your future looks like at first. That’s why we have dedicated undeclared student advisers who will help you identify and develop your strengths. Additionally, all undeclared students take CAS 110, a first-semester course that exposes them to a variety of subjects, helping them discover their ideal major.


Four female students sit on lounge chairs and talk.

Supportive circles

Students talk together in a lounge area inside the Theatre Arts Center during call back auditions for the production of ”The Imaginary Invalid.“


School and Campus Life

Find your roots — and expand them

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. You’ll live and work in a community of other students who might 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 events alongside students of different academic programs and various backgrounds. These include annual university-wide writing competitions, humanitarian service trips, the mock trial competitions, Nobel Peace Laureate Summit and the Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS). Our Alternative Spring Break service trips provides you with opportunities to expand your experience with other cultures and become a more engaged and enlightened global citizen.

Estee Zeldin ’16 secures a pin on her eco-friendly clothing garment


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.

A group of students in casual wear climb up rocks on the Sleeping Giant mountain

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.

Isabelle Lopes '20 smiles as she lays on her bed with pictures on the wall behind her

Residence life

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

Career Development

Merging academics with career development

A Quinnipiac education is an active learning experience that cultivates your core talents and interests and tailors them to real-world ambitions, setting you up for a spectrum of practical opportunities while you are a student and employment options upon graduation. That process is what our 360-Degree Advising model is all about. Our approach begins on day-one and seamlessly integrates your academic and career development, helping you pair the right course sequence with applied learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

These learning experiences, as well as various career development resources will be central to your education. Hundreds of domestic and international internships, as well as annual career fairs, professional development workshops, networking events and study abroad options are made available to you in your time here. Working collaboratively with your advising team, you’ll decide which of these best fits your personal needs and brings you closer to the life and career that speaks to your talents and passions.

It’s a fact that 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, positioning you for a spectrum of employment options upon graduation.

Student Opportunities

  • 400+ internships
  • Faculty-mentored research
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C. program
  • Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program


A female student adjusts a dial on equipment in a lab

Hands-on experiences

Ahn Do ’19, a biochemistry student, measures an electron's charge-to-mass ratio by observing an electron beam's trajectory within a uniform magnetic field in a chemistry lab in Buckman Center.


Centers and Resources

Building networks, expanding career opportunities

Our facilities are a crossroads for creative and professional interests, and will connect you to internships, international immersion trips and volunteering, as well as outlets for exploring performing arts and social justice initiatives. 

Our resources include our Bioanthropology Institute, which provides a gateway to real archeological study, and the Center for Psychological Sciences, which features professional seminars and research opportunities for students and faculty alike. These resources and others give you many opportunities — from engaging in research and fieldwork with pioneering faculty to cultural enrichment opportunities such as global education and solidarity programs or meeting Nobel Laureates.

A student wears a VR headset and talks with a professor. There is a big screen behind them with images of demons

Space to experiment

College of Arts and Sciences students have access to classrooms, faculty offices and laboratories designed to embrace learning and creativity. Here, Dev Soni '21, a game design and development student, speaks with Professor Greg Garvey in the game design lab.

The Dean Robert W. Evans College of Arts and Sciences Center, situated in the shadow of Sleeping Giant State Park and the Mount Carmel Campus pine grove, is the nexus of the college. It houses student-centered classrooms, laboratories and other resources. It is also the home of Montage, the student-run literary and arts journal, as well as the Quinnipiac Literary Society. The Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center showcases our talent to the greater community every year during the mainstage season, while the Albert Schweitzer Institute brings Nobel Laureates to campus to broaden student understanding of the socioeconomic issues facing the global community.

Academic support is always close at hand. The Learning Commons, located in the Arnold Bernhard Library, is an academic support hub where students can easily turn challenges into opportunities — or help others do the same as peer tutors.

The Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C. program (QU in DC) illustrates our commitment to experiential learning, enabling students from a variety of majors to live, learn and work in the heart of the nation’s capital. Students are immersed in today’s media and political landscape as they complete internships, learn from industry leaders, build their professional networks and experience the very best of D.C. culture.


Your future starts here

The opportunities and pathways made available to you in the College of Arts and Sciences are numerous. If you’re ready to start forging your path, we’re here to help. The admissions process is straightforward and seamless, and representatives from the Office of Admissions will answer your questions about specific department and program requirements, application materials and deadlines, and financial aid. The first step is yours to take. Make it happen.