directory of SAS faculty

All courses in the College of Arts and Sciences are designed to teach you the intellectual and practical skills of analysis, communication, quantitative and information literacy, and problem solving. As you continue on your educational journey, you will be inspired to complete increasingly complex projects and develop more nuanced questions. Throughout the curriculum, you'll discover special courses for developing writing skills and engaging in community service.

A listing of courses is published in advance of each semester which gives you a window into the new topics of inquiry and methodologies being developed in your field of study and across the university. College advisors will support you in selecting the courses that will make up your unique academic experience.


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  • Academically Based Community Service Courses combine classroom studies with community involvement.
  • Benjamin Franklin Seminars are small, intensive classes predicated on the idea that the students and faculty are jointly pursuing deeper discoveries through discussion and investigation.
  • First-Year Seminars are an excellent opportunity for first-year students to participate in a small, discussion-based seminar while fulfilling a curricular requirement.
  • Graduate Courses are numbered 5000 and higher and are primarily intended for graduate students but may be available to advanced undergraduates.
  • LPS Courses are offered by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, a division of the School of Arts and Sciences, that provides programs geared toward adult, professional and part-time students.
  • Non-College Courses are courses mounted by Penn schools other than the College.
  • Object-Based Learning Courses provide students with exceptional access to rare book and museum artifacts.
  • Paideia-Designated Courses focus on civic engagement and provide a framework for students to develop as effective citizens and leaders.
  • Public Speaking Courses provide speaking opportunities and coaching as part of the course structure.
  • Sustainability Courses are offerings related to environmental sustainability compiled by the Penn Sustainability Office.
  • Writing Seminars are writing-intensive courses taken to improve writing skills early in a student's career. These seminars fulfill the College Writing Requirement.