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College of Arts & Sciences

  • Preparation for graduate school, teaching, and careers that contribute to a global society.
  • Opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate together in service learning and global experiences.
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world in every discipline (both undergraduate and graduate), including Majors Abroad Programs with a year of study abroad.
  • One of a small number of FEPAC-accredited Forensic Science programs in the nation; ties to one of the nation’s premier labs.
  • Opportunities to exhibit, perform and publish on campus, with an Art Gallery, a MainStage Theater, online literary magazine, and campus media outlets.
  • Integrated study of language and cultures around the world and in the United States, including intensive language programs and immersive culture programs.
  • Graduate programs that prepare teachers, writers, artists and international leaders with a global perspective on real-world issues.
  • Distinct opportunities for graduate students to engage in problem-solving at the international level and to integrate study abroad into their discipline.
  • Expert faculty known nationally and internationally in literary, education, art and international disciplines.
  • “Arts@Arcadia,” with a culturally rich menu of internationally known speakers, writers, artists and theater productions—for the campus, for alumni and for the local community.
  • Internships in a variety of majors and settings. Students in Communications have had internships at Philadelphia Magazine, the City Paper, Radio One, Wired 96.5, WXTU Radio, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Flyers and the Sixers as well as NFL films. The major in Political Science offers opportunities for internships in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C, British Parliament, Scottish Parliament and more.
  • Applied learning in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice through program like Inside/Out.

The College of Arts & Sciences features a renowned Art Gallery that draws emerging exhibitions and curators from around the world, a Theater program whose artists and productions win regional and national awards from the Kennedy Center, and internationally acclaimed faculty known for their expertise in Shakespeare and Asian literature, as well as award-winning faculty authors. 

In 2010, Arcadia University’s Biology Department was awarded a National Science Foundation grant totaling $666,812 to renovate the cell, molecular and developmental biology research laboratories in Boyer Hall. In undergraduate science programs, students conduct research alongside faculty and regularly present at conferences and publish their work. 

Graduate programs include real-world opportunities for internships, the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, and the grant-funded Behavioral Research Institute. Arcadia offers one of nation’s select few master’s Forensic Science programs with FEPAC accreditation in conjunction with the internationally renowned NMS Labs.


Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science and Mathematics; English and Theater Arts; Forensic ScienceHistorical and Political Studies; Media and Communication; Modern Languages; Music; Philosophy and Religion; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.


Dr. John R. Hoffman, Founding Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Campuses and Centers 

American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, France; Behavioral Research Institute; The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education in Willow Grove, Pa.; main campus in Glenside, Pa.

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