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.

NSF Graduate Students

Four CWRU Students and Alumni Receive Prestigious Fellowship

This year, four alumni and students from or in the Department of Physics received the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship.  “Having four NSF Graduate Fellowships associated with CWRU physics in one year reflects very positively on our department, our undergraduate and graduate academic programs, and on the many mentors and research supervisors who have guided these students while here at CWRU,” Glenn Starkman, co-chair of the department said. “But most of all, it reflects the extraordinary quality and dedication of our students—not just those who were awarded this very competitive fellowship but all who did the hard work to apply.” Current student,...

Jean Nisenboum

SpeakEasy Makes Things Musical

SpeakEasy now offers a music focused session called SpeakEasy Choir, bringing together a group of adults with ANCD over a familiar topic that they loved, in a space where they feel safe and can express themselves.

jacqueline nanfito

Jacqeline Nanfito receives Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Jacqueline Nanfito, associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has been chosen as an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award winner by Marquis Who’s Who, regarded as the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles in many disciplines. Nanfito is recognized as a leader in the fields of Spanish, Latin American literature and language and higher education.

Anthony Pearson

2021 Morton L. Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry Faculty

After serving the Department of Chemistry for almost 40 years in many capacities including acting department chair and chair on separate occasions, Anthony J. Pearson, Rudolph and Susan Rense Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded the Department of Chemistry’s Morton L. Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry Faculty for 2021. 


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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