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College of Arts and Sciences

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Faculty

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.

History professor Sasha Turner is one such example. Turner’s book, “Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica," chronicles the suppression of Afro-Caribbean childbirth traditions among 18th century slave women by white European doctors. The plight of these women is endured in different forms by mothers of color in contemporary America.

Turner’s book has earned several awards, including the prestigious Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize in 2018. She has read before peers at Yale, Harvard and Princeton and presented her research across the U.S., Spain and her native Jamaica. Her teaching and scholarship highlight the importance of unearthing our collective past to enact change in the present and safeguard a future of equity and tolerance.

Meet our faculty
Sasha Turner

Connecting with the past

Modern women are relating their own experiences of childbirth to those of 18th century enslaved women through Professor Sasha Turner's award-winning book "Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica."

“What drives me as a researcher are critical theories of race and gender,” said Turner. “It is most energizing to expose students to such theorizing and encourage students to re-think prior knowledge about a very familiar topic, weaving critical questions of race, class and gender through course themes.”

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By the Numbers

96%


Major Success

The percentage of our 2018 College of Arts and Sciences graduates who are either employed or in graduate programs.

93%


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

From the moment you join the Quinnipiac community, you’ll begin your journey through the University Curriculum, Quinnipiac’s distinctive general education program. The University Curriculum prepares you for lifelong learning, provides opportunities across the U.S. and abroad, and serves as a springboard for a future you’ll design for yourself. 

Our faculty members in the social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, humanities, foreign languages and mathematics design and deliver exciting University Curriculum courses that engage students of all majors. You’ll participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities, such as identifying invasive species in the Quinnipiac River, analyzing 5,000-year-old human remains, or reenacting famous political debates between ancient philosophers. In addition to dynamic readings and activities, the University Curriculum takes you off campus to experience your education. That could include studying criminal justice alongside incarcerated individuals in Connecticut prisons, interning at government agencies in Washington D.C., or traveling with faculty to such countries as Ireland, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates to learn how other cultures address many of the issues we face in common. 

Across the college there are also many ways to enhance the knowledge gained through your University Curriculum, major and electives. Interested in law and debate? Join our Mock Trial team. Concerned about climate change and environmental issues? Join our Students for Environmental Action organization and participate with sustainability efforts through the Albert Schweitzer Institute. Whatever your interests are, the College of Arts and Sciences has an experiential opportunity to match them.

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.

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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.“

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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

Eco-fashion

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 first-year students 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

Career Outcomes

Number 1 ranked in the nation

Best employment rate

As of 2019, Quinnipiac University has the best overall graduate employment rate in the country at 96.1% 10 years after graduation.

10.7 percent increase

Above average

Quinnipiac's 10-year employment rate is 10.7% above the average of all private institutions in the country, and is also 9.7% higher than the national average of all public and private institutions.

Quinnipiac University was ranked the best college in the nation for employment with an employment rate of 96.1%, according to career site Zippia.com. 

Zippia developed its rankings based on the newest data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which monitors information on colleges to help consumers make educated decisions about which schools best fit their needs and aspirations. The data includes detailed information on academics, admissions, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, and employment after graduation. 

The College Scorecard determines employment rates of students 10 years after graduation using federal tax return data, providing a good snapshot into the longer term return on investment of a degree. This longer term success supports our immediate “First Destination” success, in which between 96 and 99% of our graduates find employment or head to graduate school 6 months after graduation in a typical year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Admissions

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.