Bucknell's College of Arts and Sciences is one of the largest and most diverse of the top-ranked national liberal arts colleges. The College provides a strong liberal arts base—including both breadth of learning and depth of specialization—for 2,838 Arts and Sciences students. In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the basic mathematics, science, and liberal arts courses for students in the College of Engineering.

Structure of the College

The College comprises the three traditional liberal arts divisions: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics and the School of Management.

Over 290 faculty members in 31 departments and interdisciplinary programs offer 47 majors and 62 minors to Arts and Sciences students.

Degrees Offered

Degrees in the College include: the traditional Bachelor of Arts degree; choice of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science; and professional degrees in music, education, and management and accounting.


In the College of Arts & Sciences, we have designed a College Core Curriculum that:

  • provides students with the foundational preparation for a lifetime of critical thinking and civic engagement;
  • offers students opportunities for intellectual exploration and in-depth study in an academic discipline;
  • prepares students for meaningful involvement with a rapidly changing world characterized by diverse individual perspectives, globalization and multi-cultural interactions, and scientific/technological innovation;
  • provides students with opportunities to build and enhance their abilities to understand the social and natural worlds around them; to analyze, evaluate, and integrate the information available to them; and to synthesize and communicate thought effectively.

Students can integrate a variety of interests through the individual Interdepartmental Major or the broad College Major, or by combining a major with a minor or with another academic program-such as the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management.

Students in the College benefit from attention to their intellectual development through the College Core Curriculum and disciplinary courses, through the University Writing Program, and through opportunities for independent study and Undergraduate Research.


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