As a student at Quinnipiac, Sabrina Acosta `20 learned that working in the criminal justice system requires empathy, understanding and respect.
Acosta, a double major in criminal justice and sociology, credits a diverse array of courses — including race and ethnicity, hip-hop culture and crime in media — with expanding her knowledge of different groups of people, their perspectives and experiences. However, it was the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, a seminar course that enabled her to communicate with — and learn alongside — inmates in a local prison that truly opened her eyes.
Acosta is eager to step up when she graduates to ensure that previously incarcerated individuals get their chance. She is hopes to become a warden someday, and plans to work in reform programs and possibly start her own non-profit organization.
How will YOU navigate your options?
Explore Your Interdisciplinary Options In The CAS Curriculum
The CAS Curriculum offers a wide variety of ways to study in, and across, disciplines. Search for the things you already love and try new courses that sound interesting! See how your four year academic plan gives you room to try something new while still staying on schedule for graduation.
Explore How The Disciplines Relate To Each Other and Enhance Your Learning
Why do you need to study the humanities if you are interested in medical school? Why do you need to study chemistry if you are interested in a career in journalism?
Studying in different disciplines expands your intellectual toolkit and allows you to bring insights and knowledge from one area and apply it to another. You are just learning subjects, you are learning skills. See how your non-major classes enhance your overall education.
You can use the flexibility of the CAS curriculum to add a second major or a minor (or two!). Check out the variety of interdisciplinary options available as minors in CAS!
Do you have a wide variety of interests that don’t fit neatly into any one major or minors? The College of Arts and Sciences offers independent majors for self-motivated students whose interests are not adequately met by an existing major. A student may design a unique major program to suit his or her individual academic and professional goals. Since independent majors are typically interdisciplinary, students work with faculty advisers from various departments to design their major and plan their course of study as well as to seek out and develop opportunities for experiential learning.
Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies
The Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies is a signature program of the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, launched in 2016 with generous support from the Davis Educational Foundation. Its mission is to afford students and faculty opportunities to put into practice the relevance and value of the arts and sciences for their everyday lives. The Collaborative oversees the administration of interdisciplinary programs, supports the development of interdisciplinary curricula and initiatives, and promotes collaboration among faculty in teaching and research.
In arts and sciences, the emphasis isn’t on quickly choosing a major, but finding the right one for your specific talents and aspirations. We believe that creativity, knowledge and skills are produced across and between disciplines. Another option that may work for you are one of our many dual-degree programs.
- Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BS/Master of Social Work (3+2)
- Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BS/Juris Doctor
- Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MBA or MS in Accounting (3+1)
- Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MS in Communications (3+1)
- Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biochemistry/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1)
- Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1)
- Dual-Degree BA or BS/MAT in Elementary Education
- Dual-Degree BA or BS/MAT in Secondary Education
- Dual-Degree BA or BS/MBA
- Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (4+1)