The College of Arts and Sciences

About the College

Mission Statement

By pursuing excellence in research and scholarship, we educate our students to become ethical professionals and citizens with knowledge of and appreciation for the fundamental interactions among the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences in a fast-changing, challenging, and diverse world.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) stands unafraid in the face of change. We recognize that our ever-evolving, fast-paced culture requires a new approach to education, one that understands the world is malleable and can be molded by minds inspired to lead society's evolution.

But innovation requires more than an ambitious personality. It requires versatility—we must not only be experts in our field, but also agile enough to engage in the cross-disciplinary work needed to address modern problems resourcefully. That's why our faculty challenge students to see past their own perspectives and establish a deeper understanding of humanity's needs. It's why our co-op program inserts students within a professional culture, introducing them to the expectations of the job while offering hands-on practical application of coursework. And it's why, starting as early as freshman year, students team with faculty members as peers, conducting research that affects the world now.

Here at CoAS, we are committed to implementing in-the-moment change, not for personal glory, but because it's what the world needs.

Majors

Undeclared Option

Accelerated Degrees

3+3 Bachelor's/JD Dual Degree Programs

Special Programs

Pre-professional Programs

Students wishing to prepare for admission to professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, or public health may obtain pre-professional counseling and application assistance at the Steinbright Career Development Center. For health profession application assistance, students may call 215.895.2437. For law school admission assistance, students may call 215.895.1632.

Accelerated Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several accelerated degree programs that enable academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and an advanced degree concurrently, graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Depending on the academic program, eligible students can be admitted to an accelerated degree program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman or after completing a minimum of 90.0 credits but no more than 120.0 credits. Note: In addition to the options listed below, students can apply to combine degree programs into an accelerated BS/MS program. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more.

More details about Accelerated Programs can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program

Drexel offers a BA/BS+MD program, a 4 + 4 combined program that allows outstanding high school students to gain acceptance into their undergraduate program and provisional early acceptance into medical school. 

The program is open only to the following majors:

Students in this program cannot double major. However, students are encouraged to minor in one or more areas. In addition, students are not eligible to participate in combined Bachelors/Masters programs.

Admission Requirement

For consideration to the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program, applicants must:

  • Submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application and all required documents prior to November 1
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident applying for first-year admission
  • Be on track to graduate from an American high school
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 weighted scale (subject to change)
  • Have a combined SAT score of at least 1420 on the SAT (for Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math sections) or a minimum ACT composite score of 31; submission of an SAT Subject Test is strongly recommended, preferably in the sciences, but all Subject Tests will be reviewed.
  • Be on track to graduate, having satisfactorily completed four years of laboratory science with one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics

As a point of reference, first-year students admitted to the BA/BS+MD program had an average GPA of 4.42 and an average combined SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math) of 1542 or ACT 35 composite.

A select number of students will be invited to attend an interview with the medical school admissions committee at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the BA/BS +MD Program, students will be provided with a contract of requirements for the completion of the undergraduate portion of the program. The current general requirements of the program are:

  • Maintain minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 in all coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.6 in BCPM classes (all biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and math), without repeating a course and with no grade less than a C. The GPA requirements must be met by the end of their third undergraduate year and at the end of their fourth year
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of service that is documented and approved by the advisor.
  • Complete a spring/summer six-month co-op in research, clinical, or health informatics, health law, or bioengineering. A co-op of 20 or 40 hours a week is possible.
  • Complete 12.0 quarters of study, including fall, winter, and spring quarter of their 4th year as a matriculated Drexel student. In order to maintain their full-time status, BA/BS+MD program students must be registered for at least 14.0 credits per quarter for the 12.0 quarters of Drexel University undergraduate studies.
  • BSMD programs follow a full 4 year co-op plan with the following schedule of classes and co-op terms. Students must follow this layout of full-time terms in class and co-op. (see below).
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  • The MCAT is required prior to matriculation into the College of Medicine. Students must receive a minimum MCAT score of 511, including:
    • 128 or better in chemical and physical foundations of biological systems
    • 127 or better in critical analysis and reasoning skills
    • 128 or better in biological and biochemical foundations of living systems
    • 128 or better in psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior
  • Alternatively, students can receive a minimum total score of 513 with no subsection less than 127.
  • The College of Medicine reserves the right to revise the above requirements. As noted above, acceptance into the College of Medicine is provisional.

DragonsTeach

DragonsTeach is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education designed to allow students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree programs to explore a career in education. Through a unique combination of skills development and classroom experiences, DragonsTeach students can earn a minor in STEM Education and eligibility for teaching credentials while completing their major degree program and co-ops. Learn more on the DragonsTeach website.

Eligible Majors:

Secondary and Elementary Teacher Certification

The School of Education offers innovative curricula that combines academic majors with appropriate coursework to satisfy state requirements for certification in elementary education. Students interested in the teacher education programs should contact the School of Education.

The Drexel Writing Center

The Drexel Writing Center (DWC) is dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff, at all levels of experience and across all disciplines, in their development as writers.

  • The DWC works with writers at all stages in the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts.
  • The DWC focus is on individual, one-on-one sessions that feature a conversational, collaborative relationship between the reader and the writer they work with.
  • Interaction with the DWC will help writers develop not just writing but critical thinking and reading skills.
  • While DWC readers do not perform copy-editing services, they will help students learn strategies for proofreading and editing their documents.

The DWC is located at 100-103 Korman Center and can be reached at 215.895.6633. Further information can be found at the Drexel Writing Center website.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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 Language of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Language of Media and Design, Global Business English program (GLOBE), English for academic purposes, TOEFL and iELTS preparation, ESL Teaching enhancement programs, and other subjects. 

Through the International Gateway program, the English Language Center offers academic language preparation for students who have an admissible high school academic background but need further English language proficiency. This pathway program combines 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
E-mail: elc@drexel.edu
 

The Drexel Co-op

No summers of coffee runs or mindless filing here! Drexel students embark on six-month periods of full-time employment in practical, discipline-specific positions consistent with their interests and abilities. Depending on their chosen program, students have the opportunity to participate in up to three different co-op positions—that's 18 months of real work experience—during their time at Drexel, allowing them to explore their career options, strengthen their resumes, and build a professional network in the process. While co-op opportunities can be both paid and unpaid, students who participate in the co-op program typically receive higher starting salaries post-graduation than graduates of other schools.

The number of co-op experiences required for graduation is determined by the student's chosen course of study. The following options exist for most majors:

  • Three Co-op Option (Five Years)
  • One Co-op Option (Four Years)
  • No Co-op Option (Four Years) Though this program is available, we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the co-op program, a key benefit of a Drexel education.

Learn more on the Steinbright Career Development Center website.

Global Opportunities

Global Opportunities Abound

Philadelphia may be the heart of Drexel's campus, but the world is our muse. There are numerous opportunities for Drexel Dragons to go abroad.

Study Abroad

Study abroad allows students a unique academic experience to learn about subjects from an international perspective, often with local students and professors. From Costa Rica to Barcelona, Milan to Turkey, and Brazil to Israel, our students have studied all over the world.

Research Abroad

Research extends far beyond the walls of any laboratory. Our students have studied sea turtles in Costa Rica, infectious diseases in Uganda, and data from the Double Chooz experiment in France. Many of our faculty members are also involved in international research collaborations and our students have the opportunity to make an impact alongside them.

Co-Op Abroad

Co-op abroad provides students with a unique professional perspective and exposure to an international work environment. Our students have worked at Coca Cola in India, the UN Development Programme in Africa, the Italian Parliament in Rome, and the Heraklion Community Mental Health Center in Greece—just to name a few.

An international co-op gives students a distinct advantage in the global economy, making them more attractive to prospective employers. Candidates with international experience also have the ability to earn higher starting salaries upon graduation.

Visit the Steinbright Career Development Center website to learn more.

Travel Courses

The College of Arts and Sciences' travel-integrated courses allow students to travel domestically or internationally for one or two weeks at the end of a course to extend their studies beyond the classroom. Recent classes have traveled to France to learn about WWI and Brazil to study commodities exchange. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more.

Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program places teams of Drexel students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during spring break. Students may choose to work domestically or internationally in activities that benefit the environment, the community, and those in need.

Community-Based Learning

In the College of Arts and Sciences' unique Community-Based-Learning (CBL) courses, students don't just study the issues affecting the world, they study alongside the people affected, from prison inmates to hospice patients. CBL courses are offered in three formats:

  • Side by side
  • Community hybrid
  • Service learning

Side-by-side courses create a co-learning environment in which Drexel students and the community members take classes together.

Community hybrid courses are composed entirely of Drexel students and time is split between the classroom and the community.

Service-learning courses require service in the community in addition to students' credit hours in the classroom.

For a current list of available courses, visit the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

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