‌‌Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences.

Diversify yourself. One of the unique attributes of a liberal arts education is that students are afforded a wide range of opportunities to explore and a number of academic programs to sample. Indeed, diversity of opportunity is one of the mos‌t exciting aspects of the Arts and Sciences experience. At Drake, choice means more than pursuing the options available to you academically such as earning a double major or engaging in research with your faculty. Here you will discover how much learning can occur outside of the formal classroom environment and how the choices you make and the people you choose to engage with will greatly enhance what you do with your studies.  

The 2015-2016 academic year is full of such activities. To name just a few, there is Fiorello! (our annual musical), regular presentations at the Drake Municipal Observatory, the 31st Stalnaker Lecture by Professor of Sociology Nancy Berns, and a multitude of music recitals and concerts by Drake students and faculty. In addition, with the presidential caucus in February 2016, there is much political activity on campus. We are thrilled to again be hosting a national presidential debate on campus in November. So much choice can make it hard to plan what to attend!

In addition, the college added a number of new majors this fall. Drake students can now study data analytics; kinesiology; neuroscience; rhetoric, media and social change; as well as minor in Spanish.  These new programs enhance and strengthen our existing majors in the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences and mathematics. 

If you are a prospective student, I hope you find time to visit campus and to sample just a few of the choices we have for you at Drake. If you are a current student, please take a moment to explore what is new in the College and make a commitment to get engaged. If you are an alumnus of Arts and Sciences, I hope you find some of our 2015-2016 experiences to be typical of the exceptional learning environment you experienced during your time as a student.

If you have questions, email us at ask.as@drake.edu.

Keith S. Summerville, Ph.D.
Windsor Professor of Science
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
268A Harmon Fine Arts Center
Drake University

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June 14, 2016
Drake will host 25 young African leaders this summer for an intensive six-week Fellowship program focusing on business and entrepreneurship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.