College of Arts & Sciences
We educate students with the tools, knowledge, and skills that prepare them for a rapidly changing world and job market. We're proud to be one of the reasons Widener graduates stand out as leaders and innovators.
A Solid Preparation for Lifelong Success
Rooted in a strong liberal arts tradition, the College of Arts & Sciences encourages you to explore many diverse interests while progressing toward a degree.
Courses provide a breadth and depth of knowledge in global culture, social sciences, the sciences, and the arts – and a degree from the College of Arts & Sciences is solid preparation for a career in many diverse fields including healthcare, law, science, education, and business.
You'll be able to participate in service learning, collaborate with faculty members on research, develop leadership skills, gain hands-on experience through internships, and engage in intercultural and international experiences in the metro Philadelphia area and around the world.
You'll be prepared not only for your first job but for your third and fourth job, a very important benefit since it's very likely that you will be called upon to play many different roles over the course of your career as the global economy continues to change and your interests continue to expand.
In short, you'll be on the inside track – one that encourages you to find your own individual path and discover your strengths, interests, and leadership abilities in the process.
Explore Arts & Sciences Degree Programs
Turning Up the Heat: Annual Summertime Program Helps Widener Students Apply Classroom Knowledge to Real-World Issues
The Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities program, or SURCA, saw a record number of participants this year from across academic disciplines. Included in this group were several students taking part for the first time.
Students often turn down or turn away from unpaid internships in their fields because of economic considerations. A new, donor-funded program is designed to help overcome the financial barrier.
In the McRae family, Widener is the mom-approved choice for not one daughter – but two. Credit the family vibe they felt on their first visit.
Equipping Students With 21st Century Skills
It's important to be able to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, and problem solve - not only to land your first job, but also to be able to advance in your career and adapt to the jobs of the future. Here, we equip all Widener students with a broad skill-set and a solid foundation to thrive and lead in whatever profession they choose to pursue.
Faculty Who Invest in Your Success
You'll find our faculty in the classroom, of course, but you'll also find them advising students on courses and career options, working side by side with students on research projects and creative activities, and facilitating hands-on experiences that enable students to gain confidence in their skills. With their support, you will be ready!
Points of Pride
Your education will stretch well beyond the classroom. The College of Arts & Sciences offers you opportunities for a well-rounded college experience - pursuing into your academic studies while also staying active and involved in what interests you.
12:1 Student-Faculty Ratio
Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.
80+ Student Clubs
With 80+ clubs, you'll find ways to get involved, make invaluable connections, and pursue your interests.
World-renowned musicians perform on campus. Recitals are free and open to the public.
Explore the World
Broaden your horizons by studying away - either abroad or domestically.
Choose from 25+ different undergraduate majors and a wide-range of pre-professional pathways.
Students gain real-world experience by working on a number of different online and on-campus publications.
Looking for something to do after the sun goes down? Reach for the stars and explore the galaxy with Widener's Observatory!
Your Inside Track to Success
As a graduate, you won't be just starting your career. You'll be continuing the work you've been doing all along.
Student-Faculty Research That Helps Shape the Field
As early as freshman year, you'll have the opportunity to engage in research projects and creative activities that put you ahead of the game when you apply for jobs or graduate school. Many students present their research at local, national, and international events, and some have had their name appear as a co-author in a scholarly journal.
Hands-On Experiences That Build Confidence-and An Impressive Resume
Our vast connections mean you'll feel like an insider from day one. Our students land internships that give them valuable on-the-job experience and professional connections. Through global learning and civic engagement opportunities, our students expand their cultural horizons and often work toward solving real-world issues on a local, regional, and global level.
Specializing in Health Profession Pathways
Get on the inside track to a health professions career—in physical or occupational therapy, or other pre-health professions. Our pathway programs offer the ability to accelerate your career with either a path to a Widener graduate degree or preparation for applying to medical school.