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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 Studies, International Studies, Evolutionary Biology, History 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.

Three student guides at the Cleveland Museum of Art sit and listen to a lecture
Three student guides at the Cleveland Museum of Art sit and listen to a lecture

CWRU Students Take Closer Look at Art as CMA Student Guides

Date posted: November 27th, 2019

Case Western Reserve University students take part in the CMA Student Tour Guide program, which is a paid experiential training internship that allows college students to personally engage museum-goers using close-looking techniques. The tours emphasize building and expanding observation skills and are less focused on specific histories of artworks.

Headshot of choreographer Pam Tanowitz
Headshot of choreographer Pam Tanowitz

Award-winning choreographer lent expertise to dance students

Date posted: November 14th, 2019

Graduate students in the Department of Dance recently studied under internationally acclaimed choreographer Pam Tanowitz, who was in residency at Mather Dance Center for 10 days in September. Her assistant, Lindsey Jones, taught two master classes for undergraduate dance majors and minors. …Read more.

In Memoriam: James E. Zull

Date posted: November 8th, 2019

James E. Zull, professor emeritus in the biology department, died Oct. 27, at age 80. Among his many contributions during his 48 years on the faculty (1966–2014), Zull explored what brain science reveals about the nature of learning, and he made his conclusions accessible to educators in two influential books. …Read more.

Graduate Students at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Graduate Students at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Graduate studies collaboration results in CMA exhibition

Date posted: November 5th, 2019

Graduate students in the CMA-CWRU Joint Program in Art History and Museum Studies collaborated to organize the exhibition “Master/Apprentice: Imitation and Inspiration in the Renaissance,” on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art through Feb. 23, 2020.

Phase II of the Maltz Performing Arts Center Breaks Ground

Date posted: November 1st, 2019

“Imagine the possibilities,” Roe Green told more than 130 people Thursday night at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center. The occasion was the official launch of Phase II of the ambitious project to transform the historic synagogue into a state-of-the-art space for the university’s programs in music, theater and dance. …Read more.

Lessons for all in partnership between SAGES classroom and elementary school

Date posted: October 11th, 2019

In early October, 60 second-grade students from Noble Elementary School in Cleveland Heights visited students from Case Western Reserve University as part of a SAGES First Seminar course, Children’s Picture Book, led by Cara Byrne. …Read more.


art|sci magazine: Fall | Winter 2019

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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