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College of Arts and Sciences

  • Students study a painting at the nearby Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Student orchestra practices in the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple - Tifereth Israel
  • Students look on as a peer writes out mathematical problems on a whiteboard.
  • Five CWRU dancers in mid-jump during rehearsals
  • A science student studies a beaker of fluid
  • Theater students on stage in makeup and costume during a mainstage production

College of Arts and Sciences

The largest undergraduate college at Case Western Reserve University, the College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the humanities, performing arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences.

The college's curricular offerings are enhanced by its affiliations with local institutions—just steps from our first-year residence halls—including:

  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Western Reserve Historical Society
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • And more

think : humanities

The humanities have a rich tradition of excellence at Case Western Reserve University. Faculty members include Genius-Grant winners, Pulitzer-Prize holders, bestselling authors and scholars of the highest caliber.

Humanities students draw from the university’s vast resources, and those of nearby institutions, to add a tangible element to their education—study abroad trips to archeological digs; access to rare manuscripts, including 150+ letters from Charles Darwin; and more. University Circle’s cultural offerings put research, internship and volunteer opportunities right next door.

think : performing arts

Case Western Reserve offers world-class training in music, dance and theater under the tutelage of accomplished performers, teachers and scholars. With four mainstage productions per year and 50-plus performing arts groups on campus, there are plenty of chances for students at all levels of experience to showcase their skills.

The internationally recognized dance wellness program and opportunities for performance and research challenge and prepare dancers for intellectual and aesthetic leadership in their craft. Partnerships with the Cleveland Institute of Music engage students in musicology scholarship at our premier research university, while they refine their practice through applied study at a world-renowned conservatory. Students in the theater program perform and serve on technical crews in mainstage theatrical productions, while working closely with faculty, all of whom work with highly skilled, professional actors and directors.

think : science and math

Case Western Reserve is a powerhouse of scientific inquiry and among the top 15 universities in the nation for federally funded research. In addition to learning about the latest theories and findings, CWRU undergrads actually contribute new knowledge to the field. Science and math faculty eagerly accept undergraduates, as early as their first year on campus, to join research teams and even to co-author scientific studies. Because of their exposure to an exceptional education and unparalleled opportunities for lab experience, Case Western Reserve science and math students are particularly well-prepared for graduate or professional school and career success.

think : social sciences

Studying the social sciences at Case Western Reserve equips students with the intellectual and practical capacity to enter an array of exciting fields: medicine, law, public health, business, public service, academic pursuits and more. Faculty conduct groundbreaking research into virtually every aspect of society, and they challenge students to forge new insights into human behavior—in the classroom and in the field. Specialized research and internship opportunities give social sciences students a chance to experience public service institutions ranging from the U.S. Supreme Court to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; explore northern Ohio's economic and political life; work in cooperation with agencies that serve children; improve access to healthy foods in urban neighborhoods; and more.