Ours is a community of students and faculty engaged in impactful work and research, both at home and abroad

It begins with intense learning spurred by curiosity and the desire to make a tangible difference, focused by professors invested in your growth and development. Ours is a culture of doing, and we are proud to offer students of all academic backgrounds unique opportunities to apply their talents and gain professional exposure.

The annual New Play Festival immerses theater majors in a series of workshops and experiences dedicated to all facets of theater production, from acting to design and tech, producing and stage management. The workshops, run by seasoned professionals from The Barrow Group Theatre Company, culminate in professionally produced, student written and directed plays performed on The Barrow Group's Main Stage Theater, just steps from Times Square.

Taking center stage

Jenna Gallagher '19, rehearses her role as Sara, one of the leads in the student production of “Stop Kiss.”

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange, an initiative of the campus-wide Prison Project, allows Quinnipiac students (outside students) behind the walls of a correctional facility to take college-level courses alongside current inmates (inside students). All participants involved study as peers and are regarded as equals. This community-based learning experience gives students first-hand perspective on punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation, and challenges them to examine such issues through the lense of social class, identity and social structure.

Featured Work

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

Unique stories and perspectives

New Haven resident Matt Bethea participates in Professor Don Sawyer’s Hip Hop in the Community project. Bethea has also participated in several of Professor Sawyer’s classes, sharing his talents and experiences with students.

Professor’s program marries passion for hip-hop music with a commitment to community empowerment

Music has always had the power to foster change, connection and healing. Sociology professor Donald Sawyer’s Hip-Hop in the Community Project has done all of the above for students at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

The initiative utilizes the hip-hop music genre as a means to combat both disciplinary issues and the drop-out rate among at-risk students. Under Professor Sawyer’s guidance, students also learn to make hip-hop, rap and poetry their mediums for expressing their hardships, struggles, hopes and aspirations.

Professor Sawyer’s high school students have presented at academic conferences, and competed successfully in rap competitions in New York City.

They also have come to campus as part of the Sociology of Hip-Hop class Sawyer teaches to Quinnipiac students.

In Professor Sawyer’s hands, the Hip-Hop in the Community Project is more than just a simple deterrent. It provides a conduit for artistic expression and a foundation for self-worth among those who have come of age in marginalized communities.

Around the World

What does “World-Sized Classroom” mean to us? It means challenging you to learn and grow academically, professionally and personally in a global setting. The College of Arts and Sciences partners with institutions and universities all over the world to offer these transformative experiences to students across the humanities and sciences.

Each fall, the Department of Legal Studies hosts a Global Engagement Fellows Program, which sends exceptional students to the United Nations in New York City to attend a seminar dedicated to human rights issues and global justice. In the spring, they travel to the University of Oxford, in England, to take part in real engagement research, collaborate with peers from other institutions, and present their work under the guidance of Oxford scholars. 

The Bioanthropology Research Institute’s Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeology (BAKOTA) project allows interested students to gain real experience as members of an archaeological team in Hungary. Students from academic backgrounds ranging from history and anthropology to biology excavate and study 4,000-year-old human remains from a Middle Bronze Age cemetery.

Publications / 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)

Journals & Magazines

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


The chance to be more than just a student

The classroom is only the beginning. Specialized internships give you the chance to take charge of your education, and to excel in professional environments. These experiences also build the confidence and self-directed mindset necessary to branch out on your own, and pursue independent research projects.

The Laboratory Synergy internships define Quinnipiac’s brand of experiential learning. Each year, Laboratory Synergy, the leading world supplier of chemical analysis and measurement equipment, sponsors two exceptional students to travel to Bahn, Germany, to study the chemical instruments industry. After three weeks, the students return to the lab's Goshen, New York, facility, where they spend the remainder of the summer performing analytical research and testing products on state-of-the-art equipment.

Other recent specialized internships that College of Arts and Sciences students have participated in include:

  • Random House Publishing
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • United Way
  • Pfizer


Dr. Lani Keller, a Quinnipiac professor dies several fruit fly larva she microdissected to see them better as part of summer research project in which she and two students are using both genetics and pharmacology to supress a degenerative neuromuscular disease in the fruit fly larva they study on July, 6, 2015 in the Clarice Buckman Center. (Image by Johnathon Henninger/ for Quinnipiac University)

Featured Research


Evan Dalaker ’18 and Nick Girard ’18, both students in the biology program, spent part of their summer researching muscular and neurodegeneration in fruit flies in the hopes that their findings could eventually be applied by researchers to combat diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). 

Over the course of eight weeks, the students worked with Lani Keller, assistant professor of biology, and studied the fruit flies after genetically modifying them with an ankyrin mutation that induces neurodegeneration and muscle atrophy. They took images of the flies through techniques such as laser scanning confocal microscopy and quantified and analyzed all of the resulting data. 

The research project is part of the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS), in which students work side-by-side with a faculty mentor during the summer and receive up to $5,000 in support of their collaborative efforts. 

“In class we’re sitting there and learning about what other people have already done,” said Girard. “Whereas in lab, it’s cool because we’re actually finding things. It’s that unknown aspect, where I’m maybe one of the first people to even know about this.”

Student Groups

Places to grow, explore and connect

Your growth as a student at Quinnipiac occurs as much outside the classroom or laboratory as it does inside. Quinnipiac offers 100+ student-led groups and organizations dedicated to academic excellence, literary and performing arts, social awareness, community engagement, student government and beyond.

Where new connections are made

Quinnipiac students flood the Mount Carmel Campus Quad during the annual Involvement Fair. The yearly event showcases all of the university’s clubs and organizations.

Each student-led group gives you the chance to explore your interests more deeply, expand your skillset and join communities of equally talented and enthusiastic individuals. The kind of social and professional connections you’ll make during your experience will help you long after you’ve graduated.

Some of our student groups include:

  • Pre-Health Professionals Society
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Mock Trial Program
  • Society for Anthropological Research
  • The Chemistry/Biochemistry Organization
  • Quinnipiac University After Dark (QUAD)
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Supporters (GLASS)
  • Women in Support of Humanity (WISH)
  • Economic and Finance Club
  • Community Action Project (CAP)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Montage (literary magazine)
  • Fourth Wall (theater)


Michele Hoffnung, professor of psychology emerita, was recently awarded fellow status by the American Psychological Association. Hoffnung has been a part of the psychology department at Quinnipiac since 1970. 

The award is bestowed upon those who have given outstanding contributions to the field of psychology.

“Throughout my career as a teacher, mentor and scholar I have worked diligently to promote the understanding of women's development, women's issues and women's decisions about career and family,” Hoffnung said, “To have my contributions recognized by the American Psychological Association is a most gratifying honor.”

Award-winning faculty

Professor Michele Hoffnung was recently awarded fellow status by the American Psychological Association.

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