Established as the College of Liberal Arts (in 1868), the College of Arts and Sciences (as it was renamed in 1992) is the oldest and largest academic unit of Howard University, with close to 5,000 enrolled students. Nicknamed “The Flagship,” the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) provides students with a first-class education grounded in the quest for intellectual freedom, social justice, artistic expression, experiential learning, and the pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence. As the Flagship of Howard University, COAS involves students in cutting edge research and hands-on learning. Students also build their knowledge and learning through co-curricular engagements that nurture their sense of responsibility to communities based locally, nationally, and internationally.
The College of Arts and Sciences is leading the way when it comes to study abroad at Howard University. After a yearlong process, in Spring 2024 the COAS Office of Academic Student Affairs is launching the first streamlined study abroad academic pipeline at Howard University.
In COAS, students benefit from international experiences that are embedded within bold and innovative interdisciplinary courses that bridge the humanities to the natural and social sciences. These credit-bearing courses are semester-long courses that combine short study abroad experiences (during spring break, winter break, or summer break). Students can also benefit from longer study abroad experiences for a full semester abroad (fall or spring) through bilateral exchange programs we designed with international universities (i.e., Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in France).
This new study abroad pipeline responds to the demands of a fast-changing and diverse world. In COAS, we aim for our students to be part of a community that encourages them to become successful global leaders. We empower them to become life-long learners and foster in them a love for freedom, justice, and a commitment to excellence, truth, and service through a global lens. We help students become innovators who can meet societal challenges and produce positive transformational outcomes nationally and internationally.