The College of Arts and Sciences

About the College

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing high-quality education in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

By pursuing excellence in research and scholarship, we train our graduate students to become ethical professionals with expertise in particular areas of inquiry and an appreciation for the fundamental interactions among disciplines in a fast-changing, challenging, and diverse world.

The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1990, with the merger of the College of Sciences and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The college's educational objectives encompass a wide range of goals: to provide interdisciplinary study in the arts and sciences for our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts majors; to provide general educational courses for the University's undergraduates; to offer Master of Science and Doctoral programs in selected areas of faculty and research strength; to promote research, teaching, and creative activities that cross disciplinary boundaries and enhance faculty expertise and the quality of the University's instruction; and to improve the quality of life for the University's community through co-curricular research and programming in the arts and sciences. 


English Language Center

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel’s English Language Center offers an accredited intensive English program throughout the year. In addition to classes in academic skills such as essay writing and oral presentations, the Center offers the pre-MBA Global Business English program (GLOBE), English for academic purposes, TOEFL and IELTS preparation, and other subjects. 

The English Language Center offers academic language preparation for students who have admissible high school academic background but need further English language proficiency and through the International Gateway program, a pathway program combining academic English language courses, credit courses taught by COAS faculty, and acculturation activities.

Students admitted into the University Preparation program (UPREP) begin their studies at Drexel in the English Language Center in a short, pre-term program designed to prepare international students for the academic work and culture of the American university.  

Accepted undergraduate students have access to free language tutoring and other academic skills workshops throughout the academic year.  

For more information, see the ELC website or contact the Center at:

English Language Center
229 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-895-2022
Fax: 215-895-6775


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