College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences—or “the College”—is the intellectual crossroads of Penn, informing everything that happens here. Spanning more than 50 majors and 2,000+ courses, the College offers a unique take on the classic liberal arts education.

The world is beset by social, economic, cultural, and scientific challenges; it seems on the verge of paradigm shifts that will change its political, social, and corporate landscapes. In such a world, a degree in the arts and sciences is invaluable, both in practical and personal terms.

Students in the College participate fully in the creation, synthesis, application, and transmission of new knowledge as they undertake research projects with College faculty—and faculty from Penn’s hospitals, research centers, and other undergraduate and graduate schools. Students often blur the lines between academic disciplines through creative combinations of majors and minors.

While building a strong foundation of intellectual breadth, they develop skills that are grounded in theory but also relevant and useful to any path they take after Penn.

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In applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences, we would like to see:

  • A curiosity in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
  • an ability to apply classroom knowledge to the real world
  • a strong preparation in a balanced and advanced college preparatory curriculum

Coordinated Dual-Degree, Accelerated and Specialized Programs

Students with highly developed academic interests can apply to programs that allow them to earn more than one degree or delve deeply into their particular area of interest.  Learn more about all programs here.

Those programs that include a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences include:

  • ISB: The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business
  • LSM: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management
  • MLS: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences
  • VIPER: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research
  • Bio-Dent: Seven-Year Bio-Dental Program