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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of all Penn programs. Spanning more than 50 majors and 2,000+ courses, the College offers a unique take on the classic liberal arts education.

A degree in the arts and sciences is practically and personally invaluable, serving as a solid foundation for navigating the ever-changing world around us. As a student in the College, you will be part of the creation, synthesis, application, and transmission of new knowledge that you uncover as part of research projects with faculty from the College, hospitals, research centers, and other undergraduate and graduate schools.

If you want a broader perspective, you can embrace several academic disciplines through creative combinations of majors and minors. View the College of Arts and Sciences brochure to learn more.

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
  • Strong preparation in a balanced and advanced college preparatory curriculum

Coordinated Dual-Degree, Accelerated and Specialized Programs

If you have focused academic interests, you can apply to programs that will enable you to earn more than one degree as you delve deeply into specific areas 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