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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A Collaborative Approach: Graduate Students Explore Community College Teaching Careers 

A select group of graduate students has been getting a first-hand look at what it’s like to teach at the community college level, thanks to a graduate course sponsored and conducted by the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative (CHC).

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Record Participation at December 2019 Intersections Symposium

Student and faculty participation in the December 2019 Intersections Symposium was tremendous. With 308 students presenting 155 posters, it marked the highest student participation yet for the fall semester symposium, which was held at Tinkham Veale University Center. Students from the departments of Biology, Anthropology, Cognitive Science and Physics were recognized for their achievements.

Making the List: Haile-Selassie Honored as One of “10 People Who Mattered in Science” in 2019

Yohannes Haile-Selassie is one of “10 People Who Mattered in Science” in 2019, according to the scientific publication Nature. Haile-Selassie is curator and head of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve.

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Donté Gibbs: A True Cleveland Champion

Donté Gibbs (CWR ‘10, SAS ‘12) likes to make the holidays brighter for his East Cleveland community. For the past seven years, he and a team of committed volunteers have been going door-to-door and surprising families with hand-delivered gifts and cards during the December holiday season. To date, Donté’s Gift Express has given more than 1,500 gifts to the residents of East Cleveland, which is among the poorest cities in Ohio. In recognition of the uplifting work he and his volunteers do, Gibbs recently was named one of 25 “Cleveland Champions” by the City Champions project, a partnership between The...


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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