School of Arts & Sciences
Welcome From the Dean of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Darryl Scriven is our Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Scriven has a depth of experience as a professor, administrator and entrepreneur: he is an author, film producer and co-founder of five businesses.
Listen to what Dr. Scriven has to say about our unique School of Arts & Sciences in this short video.
When you major or minor in the humanities, social sciences, education, sciences or the arts at Clarkson, you'll get the kind of personal attention you expect from a small liberal arts institution. At the same time, though, you'll have access to the same research opportunities, applied learning focus and up-to-the-minute technology you'd expect at an engineering-focused institution.
Majors and programs of study include:
Graduate and Professional Programs
Graduate students in a School of Arts & Sciences program benefit from strong faculty mentorship, enriching, innovation-driving research opportunities, small class sizes and access to state-of-the-art technology.
Graduate programs include:
School of Arts and Sciences by the Numbers
Arts and sciences-related clubs on campus.
Total undergraduate placement in graduate school, alternative tracks or careers related to students' academic interests.
On-the-job experience is the kind of thing that sends your résumé to the front of the pack. That's why we require every student to complete an internship or paid co-op. In fact, many complete more than one — and, often, those positions lead to permanent placements.
Start Your Research Portfolio
Being at a leading national research university doesn't mean much if you're not in the lab. And, Clarkson's research centers and labs do the kind of interdisciplinary work that drives the world forward. Our research interests are as diverse as protecting our environment, treating disease, unlocking secrets in data and using nanotechnology to build new materials. Go deeper into our research centers and labs.
At Clarkson, every undergraduate student has a chance to participate in meaningful research. At the School of Arts & Sciences, you'll find a focus not just on building knowledge but putting it to use in innovative solutions.
You'll find graduate students conducting original research in a dozen labs and six research centers. Our faculty's research interests fall into areas we call Healthy Global Solutions; Advanced Materials Development; Computational and Data-Aided Discovery and Next-Generation Medicine and Healthcare. With their help, you'll develop an original thesis to contribute to these areas.
I have enjoyed all of my research experiences because I'm able to be part of a larger team who are all working towards the same goal of advancing our research and finding solutions to real-world problems.
Jennifer Reyes '22, BS in Computer Science
Examining Racial Bias Through Psychology
Can people become less racist or sexist? Kayla Jurchak says yes — and her research shows how to make that happen.
Hit the Road
In addition to study-abroad options with 55 partner universities in 28 countries, you can spend a semester at one of our satellite programs. You might see the wheels of government and international finance close up in Washington, D.C. while studying at American University. You could immerse yourself in the Adirondacks, exploring the ecology and environmental policy behind one of the largest protected landscapes in the U.S. Or, you could be a resident scholar at the Trudeau Institute, a biomedical research institution in nearby Saranac Lake that has been at the forefront of tuberculosis research for decades.
Our Pre-Health Sciences tracks combine majors in the sciences with intensive advising. The result: you'll build the foundational knowledge you need to reach medical, dental or veterinary school or another health professional program while getting the guidance to ensure you thrive there. You might also gain guaranteed access to Clarkson's physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies program.
Walsh Seminar Series
From communications to chemistry, psychology to physics, the disciplines covered by the School of Arts & Sciences are as broad as the human experience itself. The David A. Walsh Seminar Series puts a spotlight on this work, opening the door to new research and teaching collaborations.