College of Arts and Sciences

Robert W. Evans College of Arts and Sciences Center

203-582-8730 (central office)

Administrative Offices

Title Name Phone Email
Dean Robert Smart 203-582-8730
Associate Dean Mary Paddock 203-582-8951
Associate Dean Allan Smits 203-582-8701
Assistant Dean Diane Stock 203-582-6423
Director of Student Advising Suzanne Solensky 203-582-3733
Director of Career Development Rick DelVecchio 203-582-3998


Department Chairperson Phone Email
Biological Sciences Lise Thomas 203-582-8497
Chemistry and Physical Sciences Carol Fenn 203-582-8254
Economics Donn Johnson 203-582-8205
English Patricia Comitini 203-582-8253
History David Valone 203-582-5269
Legal Studies Jill E. Martin 203-582-8712
Mathematics Cornelius Nelan 203-582-8003
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Luis Arata 203-582-8658
Philosophy and Political Science Scott McLean 203-582-8686
Psychology Anne Eisbach 203-582-8455
Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology Catherine Richards Solomon 203-582-5264
Visual and Performing Arts George Sprengelmeyer 203-582-6426

Graduate Programs

Program Name Phone Email
MS in Molecular and Cell Biology Lise Thomas 203-582-8497

Other Programs

Program Name Phone Email
Anthropology Hillary Haldane 203-582-3822
Asian Studies Nita Prasad 203-582-3729
Behavioral Neuroscience Adrienne Betz 203-582-5259
Criminal Justice Alan S. Bruce 203-582-8458
Dispute Resolution Jill E. Martin 203-582-8712
Fine Arts Stephen Henderson 203-582-3751
Game Design and Development Greg Garvey 203-582-8389
Gerontology Catherine Richards Solomon 203-582-5264
Global Public Health David Hill 203-582-3944
History and Philosophy of Science Anat Biletzki 203-582-3930
Interdisciplinary Studies Mary Paddock 203-582-8951
International Studies Sean Duffy 203-582-8324
Irish Studies Christine Kinealy 203-582-4564
Middle Eastern Studies Nita Prasad 203-582-3729
Music George Sprengelmeyer 203-582-6426
Philosophy Sean Duffy 203-582-8324
Prehealth Advising Anna Gilmore 203-582-8874
Prelaw Advising Lisa Bartone 203-582-7207
Sports Studies Michael Sheehan 203-582-6439
Theater Kevin Daly 203-582-3500
Women's and Gender Studies Jennifer Sacco 203-582-8972

 General Requirements

The requirements for the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees are qualitative and quantitative. Completion of 120 credits with a grade point average of C or better is not in itself sufficient to qualify for graduation. In addition to the general Quinnipiac requirements, eligibility for most bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees also requires the satisfactory completion of both arts and sciences requirements and those in a major or field of concentration. Specific major requirements are noted below under the individual departmental or area descriptions. Students should be cautioned that an average of C, or 2.0, in the student’s major is a minimum requirement for each major and that some departments may require higher standards as noted.

Of the 120 credits required for the bachelor’s degree, only 6 credits of workshop courses and/or physical education courses may be applied. Primary responsibility for knowing and completing all course requirements rests with the student.

University Curriculum and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences offers two tracks: the liberal arts track and the sciences track. Students on either track are required to pursue a balanced program of study.

Academic Advising

The College of Arts and Sciences has a program that places every student, upon matriculation, with an individual faculty adviser who can best help him or her form a personalized academic plan. An outcome of each academic adviser’s individualized guidance is that students come to understand the relationship between a particular discipline and a range of satisfying careers. Students also learn how an arts and sciences major can prepare them especially well for a life of consequence and meaning. Although the primary responsibility for setting academic goals and selecting courses rests with the student, the academic adviser fosters an ongoing conversation that cultivates self-reflection and development.

Students who enter the College of Arts and Sciences with a declared major are matched with a faculty adviser in that department. Each undeclared student works individually with an academic adviser to design a plan that is uniquely tailored to his or her needs and interests. During the preregistration period each semester, all students in arts and sciences meet with their academic advisers before selecting and registering for courses.

Career Development

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the career development office works with students to explore majors and career interests through individual consultations and group sessions, guide them through a career development process, and provide coaching for resume preparation, employment interviews and graduate school applications. Students can participate in experiential learning through community service as well as internships, part-time and summer employment.

Degrees in Arts and Sciences

Bachelor’s Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Please click here to review the degrees.

Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies

The Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies affords students opportunities through advising, course work and fieldwork to put into practice the relevance and value of the arts and sciences for their lives now, and the lives they will lead post-graduation.

Independent Majors

The College of Arts and Sciences offers independent majors. A student may design a unique major program to fit his or her individual goals. The responsibility for the planning of such a program rests with the student proposing it, and a proposal for an independent major must contain suitable justification and a coherent curricular plan. The proposal must be submitted to the dean for approval and also must have the approval of a three-member faculty committee, chosen by the student, which will work with the student to plan the program. Independent major proposals should be submitted no later than the first semester of the junior year. Independent majors must include at least 24 credits of course work at the 300 level or above, as well as a capstone project or final evaluation project.

Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two curricular paths to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. One path is a combined undergraduate/graduate five-year program leading to a BS in Biology and MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (Combined BS/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology). The other path is a two-year program for students who have already earned their bachelor’s degree in a biological, medical or scientific field (Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology). Through both curricular paths, the mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to prepare students for employment in research fields available in pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals as well as to provide an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue studies in professional health care fields and doctoral programs.

Five-Year Arts and Sciences BA/MAT Program in Elementary Education

This program, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, is designed for any arts and sciences major who maintains a strong undergraduate academic record (GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred). Students should make contact with the MAT program director as early as possible for advisement. Students majoring in a science should seek guidance through the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences and the MAT program director upon admission to Quinnipiac University.

Five-Year Arts and Sciences BA/MAT Program in Secondary Education

This program, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, is designed for Quinnipiac students who wish to earn Connecticut certification to teach biology, chemistry, English, history/social studies, mathematics or Spanish in the middle grades or secondary level. A student interested in entering this program should contact the MAT program director as early as possible for advisement.

Five-Year Arts and Sciences BA/MBA Program

This program, leading to an MBA, is designed for outstanding arts and sciences majors at Quinnipiac University. As an undergraduate, a student should make early contact with the dean of arts and sciences for specific direction. Students interested in pursuing the BA/MBA option are strongly encouraged to declare the general business minor early in their undergraduate program to ensure they have an adequate foundation for graduate business course work.


In addition to major programs, a student may apply to have a minor recorded on his or her transcript. The College of Arts and Sciences offers minors in anthropology, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, dispute resolution, economics, English, fine arts, French, game design and development, gerontology, history, Italian, law in society, legal studies, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish and theater.

Interdisciplinary minors in Asian studies, global public health, history and philosophy of science, international studies, Irish studies, Middle Eastern studies, sports studies and women’s and gender studies also are available. Arts and sciences students may complete a minor in one of the other schools to explore areas of interest in a preprofessional field while still obtaining the benefits of a flexible arts and sciences education. To declare a minor, a student should see the department chairperson or the faculty member listed for information/advising.

Please see Programs for the complete list of minors with additional information.

Mission Statement

The faculty and students of the College of Arts and Sciences share a belief in the value of a comprehensive college education—an education that requires foundational study in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts, as well as a concentration in one of 20 majors. A degree in arts and sciences helps students build fulfilling and meaningful lives and is a strong basis for a preprofessional education. Careers in the 21st century require great creativity, critical thinking and fine writing. The ability to think is more important than any narrow job preparation. The arts and sciences curricula require demanding study while providing extensive faculty support in small classes and laboratories.

Whether a student is pursuing a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree, he or she is part of a learning community in which students and faculty are makers of knowledge, not simply receivers and dispensers. Faculty and students study and experience a society increasingly defined by global, scientific and cultural awareness and a diversity of populations. The course of study provides ample opportunity for students to participate in internships that help to bridge their education and its application. The college also offers programs that connect directly to professional preparation, including the five-year master of arts in teaching program, taught in conjunction with the School of Education. Most importantly, students in the arts and sciences engage in an exciting, well-rounded program of study that is both fulfilling and rewarding.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Transfer Requirements

Transfer students should apply for admission by mid-November for the Spring (January) semester, or by April 1 for fall (August) entry. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided. Most programs look for a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (some higher) for consideration.

Quinnipiac normally grants transfer credit for courses appropriate to the chosen curriculum, completed with a grade of C or better, at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Students who take courses at another university to repeat a failed course or to repeat a course withdrawal must do so at a four-year institution.

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science