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.

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Outstanding Physics Graduate Joshua Holmes Plans for Career in Medicine

The Daily recently featured eight outstanding graduates from Case Western Reserve, including Joshua Holmes, a physics major with a 4.0 GPA and a promising future as a medical researcher. But first, he’s riding out the pandemic on the family’s cattle ranch in northern California.

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Theater professor, CWRU alumni create interactive, immersive theater via Zoom to benefit local artists

Shanna Beth McGee (GRS, MNO ’18), CWRU professor of theater and co-founder of the immersive theater company Shadow of the Run, wanted to find a way to help artists in the community financially impacted by COVID-19. She and a team that includes four more alumni presented 48 Zoom performances over 12 days, raising $4,000.

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Dance’s Karen Potter honored with 2020 John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching

Karen Potter (GRS ’89), professor and chair of the Department of Dance, has been honored with the 2020 John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising and classroom teaching.

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Lecturer and SAGES Teaching Fellow Andrea Milne receives J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

After just three years at Case Western Reserve University, Andrea Milne, lecturer and SAGES teaching fellow, has received the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. Milne is a 20th century U.S. historian specializing in gender, sexuality and patient advocacy around stigmatized diseases, especially HIV/AIDS.


The latest issue of art/sci magazine features Blanton S. Tolbert, professor in the Department of Chemistry, who has gained prominence investigating HIV at the molecular level. The issue also highlights 2019 Guggenheim Fellow Michael Clune, the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities in the Department of English; Gates Cambridge Scholar Megan Masterson (CWR ’19); and the work of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in providing guidance and a sense of community to undergraduates.

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