The College of Liberal Arts at Drew University, which enrolls more than 1,500 students, is the largest school of a coeducational, independent university and offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in 30 fields. Its faculty, more than 95 percent of whom hold the doctorate or the highest terminal degree in their fields, have been selected for their strong academic credentials, ability to inspire students, and dedication to teaching and scholarship. With the consistent increase in the breadth and quality of academic, social and extra-curricular offerings, the College has become a national leader in a renaissance for the liberal arts.
The College seeks to realize its mission as an exceptional liberal arts institution by providing its students with an individualized and challenging education inside and outside of the classroom.
The College’s faculty is committed to engaged teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts environment. Close relationships between faculty and students are encouraged through small classes and through an advising system in which faculty work with students on shaping their academic lives from first-year orientation to post-graduate planning. Opportunities for students to work one-on-one with faculty abound in laboratories, libraries, the theatre, and music and art studios as well as through honors theses and independent studies, field and summer research projects. The Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI) and the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) enable undergraduates to conduct comprehensive experiments with the close guidance of highly-qualified faculty members and/or retired industrial scientists.
The undergraduate curriculum offers strong disciplinary majors and minors in the natural sciences, social sciences, languages and literatures, humanities and the arts and in several interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fields. Students may also design their own majors and minors drawing on the resources of several fields. Rooted in a general education program that insists that students gain a broad background in the liberal arts disciplines, the curriculum encourages students to explore the full range of human knowledge and experience, while developing a deep and thorough grounding in their chosen fields of specialization. The Drew curriculum prepares students to enter the professions, social and public service, business and the arts, as well as the full range of graduate programs offering professional training and advanced academic degrees.
Distinctive features of the curriculum include an emphasis on global/international education and on experiential, hands-on learning. International and global perspectives permeate many areas of the curriculum. Study abroad is encouraged both through three-week Drew International Seminars, designed particularly for sophomores, and through semester and summer programs in Europe, Asia and Africa . Such programs, as well as off-campus programs at the United Nations, on Wall Street and in Washington and New York , provide students with the opportunity to connect classroom study with on-site observation and application. Such experiential learning is also provided through internships, laboratory and field research, and studio and performance work in the arts.
The first liberal arts college to provide every student a computer, Drew now integrates computers and computing across the curriculum. Network access is available throughout the campus in classrooms and dorm rooms, and a range of technologies supports the work of students and faculty in lecture halls, laboratories, performance spaces, seminar rooms and the library.
As a residential liberal arts college, Drew seeks to create a campus community in which diverse faculty, students, staff and administrators work and learn together in an environment of mutual respect, an environment in which both civil disagreement and close collaboration are valued. Extracurricular activities, athletics and a wealth of volunteer opportunities and projects encourage students to develop as responsible citizens and community members and as well-rounded, accomplished, lively and curious human beings.
Drew University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The College’s programs are approved by the American Chemical Society, and, for pre-legal training, by the states of New Jersey and New York . The New Jersey State Department of Education recognizes the University with full approval for veterans’ training.
The University is a member of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and other regional and national organizations.
The Drew University College of Liberal Arts affirms a commitment to its founding vision: to offer its students a liberal arts education of the highest quality. Through a rigorous course of study, the College challenges students to explore the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and interdisciplinary fields in depth and to develop their capacities for critical thought, problem solving, effective communication, creativity, self-discipline, and empathy. As the College prepares students for academic and professional achievement, it provides them with essential skills for living and continuing to learn and to grow in an increasingly diverse and complex world.
Drew University is committed to seeking academic excellence while striving continuously to be a welcoming, diverse, and socially just campus. We aspire to provide an education that in content, scope and pedagogy embraces difference and promotes respect that extends beyond the classroom to all University spaces and to local and global communities. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including, but not limited to, race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, and religion. Our intent is to achieve a learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff understand the challenges, accomplishments, and perspectives of various groups of people, thus gaining a fuller understanding of themselves as well as how to engage in conversation spanning differences and commonalities. Achieving this vision is a fundamental commitment critical to Drew University’s mission as an institution of higher learning.
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