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Whether your aspirations are in education, science, public service, or business, the College of Arts and Sciences' 12 graduate programs enhance your prospects. We invite applications from students whose breadth of academic experience and fitness for the specific field of study suggest the potential for scholarly achievement.  Read More>>

A highly talented and diverse student body significantly heightens the character and quality of the academic culture and community. To this end, the College of Arts and Sciences is constantly working to increase the pool of graduate scholars from diverse backgrounds.

At Lehigh, graduate students make significant contributions to the intellectual and social life of the University. Graduate students in the college experience individual attention combined with state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries and research facilities found only at a research university. The College of Arts and Sciences is a vigorous learning environment where quality instruction and innovative scholarship are the norms. Faculty members are accessible and involved in the learning process as teachers, mentors and active scholars. Many are recognized nationally and internationally for their research activities.

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Degree Programs


  • American Studies

    The M.A. degree offered through this program involves core courses in American history and American literature or film. Students have the opportunity to specialize in such areas as science, technology and society; colonial America, gender and sexuality, Africana studies, religious thought, American politics and film, popular culture and media studies.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor John Pettegrew

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-4745

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  • Biological Sciences

    Research oriented programs leading to Ph.D. degrees are offered in three divisions of the biological sciences: biochemistry, integrative biology and neuroscience, and cell and molecular biology.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Kathy Iovine

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3681

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  • Chemistry

    The department offers an on-campus Ph.D. and a distance only M.S. degree. Specialization areas include analytical, organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Rebecca Miller

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3676

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  • Documentary Film

    Designed to augment social science and humanities graduate students' education and training for employment inside and outside of the academy, this certificate program covers 1) the historical development and distinctive attributes of documentary film, including the genre's impressive capacity for drawing large viewerships and, with that, communicating research-based knowledge to general publics; and 2) the production of documentary text--from conceiving of a topic and "storyboarding" a narrative; to taking interviews; to composing and filming a variety of shots; and to editing visual and audio material into final digital form. The program broadly defines documentary film to facilitate understanding and production of texts from YouTube-like social media to feature-length theatrically-released films.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor John Pettegrew

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-4281

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  • Earth & Environmental Sciences

    The department offers the M.S. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Faculty interests and programs center on geological science, environmental science and ecology. Research opportunities include both laboratory and field-oriented studies. The department offers the Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Faculty interests and programs center on geological science, environmental science and ecology. Research opportunities include both laboratory and field-oriented studies.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Zicheng Yu

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-6751

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  • English

    The department offers the M.A. and PhD degrees with specializations in American, English, and Anglophone literatures and cultures, as well as an emerging emphasis in Literature and Social Justice.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Jenna Lay

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3308

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  • Environmental Policy Design

    The Environmental Initiative offers an interdisciplinary M.A. in Environmental Policy Design that encourages both critical analysis of past and current environmental policy and constructive policy arguments for the future. Students gain the skills needed to understand environmental problems in the context of global interactions and to develop policy responses that can properly address these problems at all organizational levels.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Karen Beck Pooley

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610.758.3340

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  • History

    The History department offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. The graduate program focuses primarily on the areas in which the department is particularly strong in faculty and resources: Atlantic World, 1500-1800, including colonial United States, and Industrial and Modern America, 1800-present, with emphasis on social, cultural, urban, environmental, and technology topics. Other areas in which faculty interests cluster are cultural and intellectual history and gender. Graduate classes are small and students have direct access to faculty members.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor John Savage

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3363

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  • Mathematics

    The Department of Mathematics offers a program of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics, and the M.S. in statistics

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Terrence Napier

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3755

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  • Physics

    The department offers the M.S. and PhD in physics, and a M.S. in photonics with specializations in astrophysics; atomic, molecular and optical physics; biophysics; computational physics; condensed matter physics; nonlinear optics; and statistical physics.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Joshua Pepper

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3649

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  • Political Science

    The Department of Political Science offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in Politics and Policy. The program prepares students for further study in political science, public policy, or the law as well as careers in business, public service, or nonprofit organizations. Students interested in state or local public service or nonprofit work may elect to take the Community Fellows program in which the student works for 15 hours per week for a local agency on a project related to community (re)development.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Janet Laible

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-5879

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  • Psychology

    The Department of Psychology offers distinctive research-intensive M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a focus on human cognition and development. Training is provided by a core curriculum and specialization in one of three intersecting clusters: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Dominic Packer

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-6779

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  • Sociology

    The department offers a Master of Arts in sociology with a focus on applied social science researcg, Students who are oriented toward the Ph.D. are encouraged to apply for teaching assistantships and to carry out research for the master's thesis. Those who are more oriented toward communitypbased work after the M.A. are encouraged to consider the options of enrolling in the Community Fellows Program - see the Web site for more information.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Yuping Zhang

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3820

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  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    The Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is designed as a complement to a disciplinary graduate program or as a stand-alone post-baccalaureate course of study. The Certificate is a small, flexible program that provides students with breadth and the challenge of working outside their home discipline in concentrated interdisciplinary study of women and gender. In recognition of contemporary educational and employment contexts that are increasingly diverse and international, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program offers the Graduate Certificate as a means to enrich academic, personal, and employment horizons. A Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will be especially beneficial to those who wish to incorporate a broader perspective into their teaching (either in secondary or higher education), and qualifies them for positions that require such expertise. Additionally, individuals interested in fields such as social policy, human resources, and business will also gain from understanding how gender operates at individual, organizational, and institutional levels. Students will work closely with outstanding faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

    Contact Name: 

    Professor Monica Miller

    Contact Phone Number: 

    610-758-3364

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