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.
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
Home School: The College with a dual minor in the College and Wharton Hometown: Ridgefield, CT What are you studying?: Science, Technology, and Society with a concentration in Business and Information Technology; minor in Consumer Psychology Why did you choose Penn?: I was drawn to Penn by the outstanding academic opportunities and the lively social environment. I loved the idea of interdisciplinary study, and have really taken advantage of those opportunities with my interdisciplinary major and dual minor. Penn students are extremely active in the community and I felt right at home during my first visit here. What do you love about Penn?: I love the atmosphere at Penn. Every day I feel so lucky to be among some of the most intelligent people from extremely different backgrounds with such varying passions all in one place! It is nice to be in a place that has such amazing academics, but also fosters so many fun activities and opportunities on campus and beyond. Where is your favorite place on campus?: My favorite place on campus is Locust Walk between 11:50am and 12pm. So much that Penn has to offer is showcased on Locust – dedicated academics running to class, passionate performers and club members hawking flyers, and hundreds of years of tradition right here on our beautiful campus. How are you involved on campus?: I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Punch Bowl Humor Magazine, on the Kite and Key executive board. Do you have a favorite class or professor?: My favorite class is Cyberculture, a seminar taught by Professor Matthew Hersch. The material was so engaging and current. I am currently taking my third class with Professor Hersch!