Quinnipiac is a national leader for long-term return on investment at the 40-year mark, providing graduates with strong earnings potential for decades after they collect their diploma, according to the first-of-its-kind study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Faculty scholars connect social and cultural dots
Our faculty includes a long list of authors and scholars who are actively shaping their fields and engaging in groundbreaking research that shapes the way they teach.
As examples, sociology professors Bianca Gonzalez-Sobrino and Alex Parkhouse, and criminal justice professor Kalfani Ture approach subject matter through an intersectional lens. They illustrate for their students how deeply interconnected social categorizations such as race, class, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation are in the U.S.
Through her pioneering work on the experience of Puerto Ricans in the United States, Gonzalez-Sobrino reveals the ways in which race and ethnicity intersect with and form our identity.
Ture draws on his experience as a law enforcement officer and urban ethnographer to demonstrate the relationship of race and place to policing and the criminal justice system.
Parkhouse, a medical sociologist, studies stigmas related to chronic health conditions, their effect on the mental health of patients and the impact of health literacy on both.
Their perspectives link many of our nation’s most prevalent cultural and social issues, and help their students understand how their social positions and environments shape their understanding of them.
“Our students are inheriting a complicated world,” Gonzalez-Sobrino said. “We want them to be responsible, empathetic and knowledgeable citizens who understand their position as social actors in it.”
By the Numbers
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.
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.
Visit our unique CAS360 advising platform to see how our career development process works and view all the opportunities available to you.
Best employment rate
As of 2020, Quinnipiac University has the best overall graduate employment rate in the country at 96.1% 10 years after graduation.
Quinnipiac's 2018 10-year employment rate was 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.
The career site Zippia.com ranked Quinnipiac for the second year in a row as the best college in the nation for employment with an employment rate of 96.1%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. They direct plays in New York City, publish real scientific research and study major health issues from inside some of the world’s most at-risk regions. They work as analytical chemists, are recognized with awards for their original poetry, and start their own businesses right here on campus. Students have every opportunity to engage their passion thanks to a powerful alumni network, deep internship pool, interdisciplinary projects and volunteer opportunities.
They also are able to begin blazing their own trails because of 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. Perhaps most importantly, they are eager to bring their students along on those journeys.
A team of Quinnipiac professors and students returned from their holiday break early to examine human skeletal remains — believed to be from the first of three Revolutionary War soldiers found last month in an 18th century home being renovated in Ridgefield, Connecticut.