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College of Arts and Sciences

Engage. Learn. Grow.

We provide broad, well-rounded studies in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences, emphasizing experiential learning and faculty-mentored research in a global, diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Our students learn, lead and serve because we develop the whole person, foster deep engagement with faculty and accentuate the connections among academic disciplines. Our arts and sciences education prepares students for their first job and provides adaptive skills to ensure a lifetime of success.

Fast Facts


of students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation


of recent graduates are working within their chosen field or a stepping stone toward it


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About Our Degree Programs

  • We Prepare Servant Leaders
  • Follow Your Passion: Degrees in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Follow Your Passion: Degrees in the Natural Sciences
  • Explore Your Options

    The UD College of Arts and Sciences offers a transformative educational experience that is firmly rooted in our Catholic, Marianist values. We champion high-impact experiential and community-engaged learning, facilitate learning and scholarship across traditional academic disciplines, and prepare all students for personal and professional accomplishment by linking learning and action, leadership and service.

    Explore Your Options

    Learn about Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences. We offer more than 20 majors in the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts.

    Explore Your Options

    Learn about Bachelor of Science degrees in the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences. We offer more than 15 majors in the natural sciences.

    Featured Programs

  • Discover Programs
  • Experiential Learning
  • Global and Intercultural Learning
  • Discover Programs: Find the Right Fit

    Choosing the right career starts with choosing the right degree program. The University of Dayton is committed to helping students find the right fit through their Discover Programs.

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    Experiential Learning: Be Engaged

    Experiential learning takes place across the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences in many forms, including the annual Dean’s Summer Fellowship program. Faculty-mentored undergraduate research helps students make connections between coursework and research, providing a spark that leads to greater engagement in their studies and a clear path to graduation.

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    Global Learning: A Pathway to the World

    Every major in the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences connects to global and intercultural learning. Global competencies are among the top three things that employers tell us they are looking for in today’s college graduates, so we strive to infuse global and intercultural perspectives throughout our students’ education — both in their courses here on campus, and through opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.

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    College News
    Human Rights 05.19.23

    A distinguished scholar who has served as a consultant to the European Union and the United Nations will become executive director of the UD Human Rights Center.

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    Faculty and Staff 05.15.23

    Lawrence Ulrich, a philosophy professor at UD for nearly 40 years and a central faculty member in a 1960s heresy trial on campus, died May 3.

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    Campus and Community 05.04.23

    University of Dayton students learned about the experiences of people with disabilities through a research project with Brighter Connections Theatre.

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    College Initiatives

  • Dean’s Summer Fellowship Program
  • ArtsLIVE Performance Series
  • Dunbar Initiative
  • Providing an opportunity for our undergraduate students to conduct summer research in any academic discipline under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

    Dean's Summer Fellows

    Presenting outstanding arts experiences and cultivating cultural curiosity through a broad range of traditions including classical, jazz and world music.

    ArtsLIVE Performance Series

    Bridging campus and community, teaching and research, the humanities and other disciplines, the Dunbar Initiative engages students, researchers and community members with many facets of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life.

    • 55

      undergraduate degree programs

    • 20+

      graduate degrees and certificates

    • 86%

      first to second year retention rate


    College of Arts and Sciences

    O'Reilly Hall
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0800

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