The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematics. Students in the college can choose a major or minor from almost 60 undergraduate programs, design their own courses of study, or enroll in integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. In addition, the college offers graduate programs in several fields where small size and special expertise allow it to make a distinctive contribution to advanced education and research.

The college is organized into 21 academic departments and several interdisciplinary programs and centers, including Childhood StudiesInternational StudiesEvolutionary BiologyHistory and Philosophy of Science, and Women’s Studies. Undergraduates as well as graduate students are encouraged to conduct independent research, in their chosen fields or related ones, within the college, in other units of the university, or in nearby medical and cultural institutions. The academic experience can extend into the community in the form of service-learning projects as well as internships in research institutions, businesses, cultural institutions, and governmental agencies.

Graduate student develops lesson plan for class project and plans to teach at local school

Before returning to Case Western Reserve University for graduate school, Maura Plocek, who is working towards her masters in biology, taught local high school students at the Albert Einstein Academy (AEA). Now, she is taking what she’s learned in Developments in Human Evolutionary Biology to teach an integrated lesson to those very same high school students.

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PhD student awarded prestigious study in Athens, Greece

Marina Mandrikova, PhD student in the Department of Art and Art History, will travel to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece (ASCSA) this fall for the prestigious M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library.

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Alumna Marie Vibbert debut novel hits shelves on March 9

Marie Vibbert was 15 years old when she first drafted Galactic Hellcats. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer.  “I don’t know if there has been a minute since I was 11 that I haven’t been writing a novel,” Vibbert said.  In 2012, she revisited that draft of Galactic Hellcats during a write-a-thon where she vowed to write 50 short stories over the course of six weeks. After running out of new ideas, she cracked open old childhood notebooks to discover some really creative ideas written in purple pen. When she flipped to the idea that...

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Sarah Diamond to lead special report on climate change policy

Sarah Diamond, associate professor in the Department of Biology, is a section lead on a special report coming out of a brand new collaboration between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


art/sci magazine coverThe latest issue of art/sci magazine features an interview with Dean Joy K. Ward, who discusses her aspirations for the College of Arts and Sciences. The issue also highlights physicist-turned-data scientist Travis Brooks (CWR ’97); Radhika Atit, professor in the Department of Biology; and Angela Hein Ciccia, associate professor in the Communication Sciences Program in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

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