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.

Cleveland Humanities Festival: Finding TRUTH in a Fake News World

The fifth annual Cleveland Humanities Festival, organized by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in partnership with more than 25 cultural, educational and artistic organizations in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, will present a series of community events this spring, examining the theme of truth from a variety of humanistic perspectives.

Nine artists and the curator of the African American Alumni Art Exhibition pose for the camera.

African American Alumni Art on Display

A special exhibition featuring works by African American alumni of the master’s program in art education is on view at the Art Studio gallery through March 6. The exhibition includes a colorful, diverse array of sculptures, paintings, photographs, masks, drawings and fiber art. 

From CWRU Campus to Space: Astronaut and Physics Alumnus Donald Thomas

Former NASA astronaut and Cleveland Heights native Donald Thomas (CIT ’77, physics) will be the keynote speaker at Engineers Week 2020, an annual event that brings together students, faculty, alumni and the public to celebrate achievements in engineering and science. 

Religious Studies’ Alanna Cooper Receives Fellowship from Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Alanna Cooper, Abba Hillel Silver Chair of Jewish Studies and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, has been awarded a fellowship from the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


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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