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Why College of Arts and Sciences?

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Why College of Arts and Sciences

Leading a culture of innovation

Many students believe they must choose between the holistic approach of a small liberal arts college or the career focus of a professional school. Here, you receive the best of both worlds.

What we offer is an innovative approach in preparing students for a rapidly changing and expanding marketplace. We emphasize strong, individualized work, as well as the acquisition of diverse skills that transcend disciplines and translate into real-world careers. 

Our approach combines knowledge, skills and perspectives from across the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences, and 8 other professional schools. Our graduates are system thinkers who learn to solve problems and work across society, not just in a “field.” Equipped with integrated and interdisciplinary learning tools, they have the ability to see the world through multiple lenses, making them adaptable and versatile—traits that are highly valued by employers in every industry.

Students and faculty participate in an archaeological dig in Hungary.

Unearthing the past

Students and faculty participate in the BAKOTA archaeological dig in Hungary.


An illustrated map of the world with pinpoints marking all the countries where Quinnipiac offers programs.

World-sized classroom

Quinnipiac offers opportunities for global learning in these places and many more around the globe.


Experiential Learning

Thinking beyond four walls

Our philosophy is built around the idea that combining powerful scholarship and a passionate pursuit of knowledge with experiential learning opportunities provides the best preparation for a satisfying life and challenging career beyond college.

In all majors, we place great importance on professional exposure, cultural immersion and global engagement. Thanks to unique partnerships, fellowship programs, service learning courses and internships, students have been able to direct their own professionally produced plays, work as research chemists for multinational companies, and participate in archeological digs across the Atlantic. Our unique global solidarity programs also enable them to take on humanitarian work all over the world.

If you envision yourself conducting your own scientific research, tackling entrepreneurial endeavors, or submitting scholarly and creative work to journals, you can make it happen. Here, you have the opportunity to bridge the gap between student and professional while completing your education. Along the way, you’ll amass a portfolio of work that clearly demonstrates your adaptability, versatility and growth to future employers.


Opportunities around the globe

Quinnipiac's student and faculty international learning locations span across 26 countries and 6 continents. These include faculty-led courses, study abroad programs, service learning trips and institutional collaboration programs.

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Skills to impact your community

Taking part in a Presidential Public Service Fellowship as part of his criminal justice major, Tymothee Kelley-Anderson '18 developed real-world experience and a unique perspective on what he wanted to devote his life to doing.

Distinctive Learning Communities

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Practice makes perfect

From left, Paul Zopatti ’20, Louis Napolitano '18 and Lauren Salatto-Rosenay '20 perform a musical number during a dress rehearsal of the Quinnipiac theater program's production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Theatre Arts Center.

Ambition meets creative collaboration

Classrooms and centers in the College of Arts and Sciences are educational laboratories filled with self-directed, curious and highly motivated students.

Students of all majors regularly participate in numerous venues for creative, scientific and social engagement. These include campus-wide poetry competitions and theater productions, mock trial competitions and the student-run Psychological Science Symposium.

Our faculty embody this active learning philosophy. They often involve students in their own work, and regularly guide them as they tackle their own independent research and other projects.

Our unique Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) allow students to live with peers who share similar academic, social and professional interests. LLCs foster a strong support system by making it easier to connect with dedicated faculty, staff and student leaders. They also host regular community-wide programs and social outings that facilitate cultural exchange among students, engage them with the greater campus and help them make lifelong social connections.

What our Graduates are Doing

Lasting success in a rapidly changing job market

There has never been a better time to graduate with an arts and sciences degree. The complex and changing work world that our graduates enter is hungry for the diverse skill sets and expertise that an education here provides.

Graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences work as educators, analytical chemists, business consultants and advisers on presidential campaigns. Some handle outreach for social justice organizations, or set design for professional theaters. Others advance to law and medical school, or a variety of top graduate programs around the country.

Wherever they choose to take their talent and ambitions, our alumni are proof that there is no set path or destination for any one major, and that career possibilities are numerous. The majority of our graduates find themselves in career-focused positions in such fields as law, education, science, business and the arts, or pursuing advanced degrees in a range of disciplines.

Examples of where our recent graduates work




Associate Account Executive

Boston Children's Hospital

Research Assistant

Connecticut Agricultural Research Center

Entomology Research Assistant

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Research Technician

HB Studios

Stage Manager


Lead Instructor of Game Design and Development

Pratt & Whitney

HR Client Manager

RCS Learning Center

Behavior Therapist

Sportscare Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistant

State of Connecticut

Correctional Substance Abuse Counselor

Strategic Financial Solutions

Litigation Representative

Sun Products

Associate Research and Development Scientist

U.S. Coast Guard

Maritime Enforcement Specialist


Multimedia Journalist

Yale University School of Medicine


In their Words

“Studying English at Quinnipiac taught me analytical research, persuasive writing, stylistics and more — all of which are invaluable to my job of licensing, marketing and researching music for WWE’s broadcasted and archival programming. Whether it’s finding information on a song used once 30 years ago on TV, or it’s pitching a breakthrough heavy metal artist to perform the opening of a pay-per-view event, I am living proof that with enough hard work, Quinnipiac’s English courses teach skills that can apply anywhere.”
Jon Hammer '16
BA in English, Marketing/Licensing Specialist at WWE
Jon Hammer holds wrestling memorabilia in his office.
“One very important lesson that I learned was how to turn adversity into motivation. Over the past four years, I believe that I have learned more than I ever expected about how to never lose my drive, even in the face of personal and academic challenges.”
Rachel Steinhauer '16
Peter Cunniff poses in uniform inside an ambulance
“The professors here spend time making sure you understand things and bring in a lot of personal stories. You need those firsthand stories to figure out how everything fits, especially with law. If you understand the principle, that’s great. But if you can't apply it, it's no good.”
Peter Cunniff '15