School of Arts & Sciences

School of Arts & Sciences

With a proud legacy spanning over 70 years, Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Administration has been a leading force in producing Black MBAs in America. Recognized for its excellence, the School earned accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 1974.

Clark Atlanta University goes beyond equipping you with practical skills for a seamless transition into the workforce. We also prioritize instilling a strong sense of social justice, ensuring you graduate with the ability to make impactful contributions to society. Today it is the largest among the university’s four schools and is home to 18 academic departments across four divisions.


Undergraduate Programs


School of Arts & Sciences Faculty

Ignite Your Intellectual Curiosity

Experience a dynamic fusion of disciplines, where innovation knows no bounds, and creativity becomes your compass. Join a community of driven thinkers, creators, and visionaries who are changing the world through the power of knowledge and expression. Your journey of limitless possibilities starts here.

The Clark Atlanta University School of Arts and Sciences offers a diverse curriculum that allows students to flourish, find their path, and achieve their lifted life of career success. The School provides the core curricular foundation for the university, rooted in a liberal arts tradition dating back to Clark College (1869); one of the university’s founding institutions and among the nation’s first private four-year liberal arts colleges for African Americans.

  • African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History
  • Art and Fashion
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • English and Modern Languages
  • Engineering/Dual Degree
  • Humanities Ph.D. Program
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Mass Media Arts
  • Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Theatre and Communication Studies
  • Political Science New
Study Abroad
Student Freedom

Why Choose CAU

At Clark Atlanta University, we offer an exceptional educational journey that sets us apart. Choosing CAU means embracing a legacy of academic excellence, cultural diversity, and community engagement. Our supportive and inclusive campus nurtures your personal and professional growth, providing a platform for you to thrive.

Within the Clark Atlanta University School of Arts & Sciences, you’ll find a dynamic and innovative environment. We blend rigorous academics with real-world experiences, preparing you to excel in today’s competitive landscape. With a focus on ethical leadership, social responsibility, and global perspectives, our programs empower you to make a meaningful impact in the world. Join us at CAU and embark on a transformative journey that will shape your future success.

Study Abroad

International Study Opportunities

The department encourages students to consider studying in a foreign country as part of an overall educational experience.

Study abroad creates unique opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. Students from the department have studied in (but are not limited to) London, Paris, Provence, Milan and Florence in recent years.

Please contact the Office of the Director of Study Abroad for additional information on possible locations for study and strategies to fund these opportunities. Contact Dr. Bridgette Tei in the Fashion Merchandising & Design Department (, for sample plans for international study abroad.

Student Freedom

Clark Atlanta University students looking for alternatives to traditional loan options and enhanced educational experience may find just that in Student Freedom Initiative. Student Freedom Initiative is a nonprofit organization that helps students from Minority Serving Institutions achieve their life goals and professional aspirations. The program, which is expected to launch in fall 2021, will initially focus on students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Student Freedom Initiative aims to help HBCU students escape the crushing burden of unmanageable student loan debt, which often plagues many African American students. What’s more, the initiative serves as a catalyst for freedom in higher education and life choices, by providing students with tools and resources that enhance their educational experiences and pave the way for better career paths. Some of these key aspects of the program include:

  • An income-contingent funding alternative
  • Tutoring, mentoring and other support services
  • Internships
  • Targeted institutional capacity-building support

RISE Program

The RISE Program is a student-support program with the specific aim of producing top-notch competitive minority scientists. The goal to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete Ph.D. degree programs in these fields. Specifically, the RISE program aims to enhance the minority-serving institutions research training output in biomedical and behavioral sciences by:

  • Increasing the number of students that complete baccalaureate (B.S./B.A.) degrees and enroll in Ph.D. programs,
  • Increasing the number of students that complete master (M.S.) degrees and enroll in Ph.D. programs,
  • Increasing the number of predoctoral students that complete the Ph.D. degree, and
  • Reducing the national gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The RISE Program offers research assistantships for graduate students who are seeking Ph.D. degrees in Cell, Developmental or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and organic chemistry. These assistantships include compensation packages of a salary plus the costs of tuition and fees. Graduate students can only be considered for a RISE research assistantship after they have been accepted into the Ph.D. program in either the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Chemistry.

Undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, or psychology may be eligible to participate in the RISE Program. Undergraduate research assistants are paid a stipend for 10 – 20 hours of research and academic enhancement activities per week. Undergraduate assistantship packages exclude tuition and fees.

Why Study Here?

Embark on a journey of intellectual exploration and creative expression at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Arts & Sciences. Immerse yourself in a vibrant community where innovation meets tradition. Uncover your passions and shape a future of limitless possibilities. Join us in cultivating knowledge that transcends boundaries.

Immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of disciplines, where curiosity is nurtured, ideas are celebrated, and boundaries are pushed. Our distinguished faculty guide you through a journey of intellectual growth, critical thinking, and artistic expression. Whether you’re drawn to the sciences, humanities, or arts, you’ll find a supportive community that empowers you to innovate, create, and excel. Join us in shaping the future through the lens of creativity and knowledge.

Uncover boundless opportunities for growth and expression at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Arts & Sciences.