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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences at WMU Welcome to the liberal arts core of WMU, where world-class researchers and teachers come together to provide an education that bridges the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. As WMU’s largest college, Arts and Sciences offers a broad range of majors, minors, pre-professional, master’s and doctoral programs, providing every student the one-on-one attention and friendly atmosphere of a small college. From your first day on campus, you’ll get to know your professors personally. You’ll work alongside faculty who are internationally known in their fields, and who are deeply passionate about your success in the classroom and beyond. They will serve as your mentors for scholarship, research and career – and when you graduate, you’ll set your own professional path with conviction and confidence.


Getting here is easy! 1903 W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Call (269) 387-4371 for an appointment


Why Study Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University? As a College of Arts and Sciences student, you can pursue one of more than 70 majors in 25 academic units spanning the sciences, social sciences and humanities. But we believe that a college education is about so much more than focusing on a narrow program of study. When you complete a liberal arts and sciences degree, you will gain the skills and knowledge that CEOs and Nobel Laureates say matter the most: critical and creative thinking; multicultural and global awareness; complex reasoning; and written communication. According to data from the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers overwhelmingly endorse broad learning across the arts and sciences and cross-cutting skills as the best preparation for long-term success. In fact, more than 90 percent of employers surveyed by AAC&U agree that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major alone.� And by peak earnings age, arts and sciences graduates out-earn professional school graduates. In a complex, rapidly changing world, liberal arts and sciences graduates are nimble, adapting rapidly to new technology and professional trends, and working effectively with others to solve complex problems and make confident, informed decisions. A College of Arts and Sciences education not only provides you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career, but with the experiences and understanding you need to lead a fulfilling life.

“My courses in the College of Arts and Sciences have helped me learn a lot of different skills, which I’ve been able to apply to my work in the lab. Having a broad range of classes has taught me how to think more critically, and that’s very important when you’re making decisions in research.”





Kori Mecklenburg, 2018 Biology Student

Cutting-Edge Learning Environment Our students collaborate with faculty in research, field work and professional activities both in and outside the classroom. As an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, you might choose to experience any one of the following: • The Wrongful Conviction Program, which examines actual cases that may lead to exoneration of wrongfully convicted prisoners; • The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, an active excavation of a 17th and 18th Century missionary outpost and fort; • Our Capital Internship Program, which has placed more than 1,000 interns in executive and legislative branches of Michigan government, as well as governmental agencies and lobbying firms; • The Tandem Van de Graaff Accelerator, a unique facility for experiments in physics; • The Kalamazoo Autism Center, where our students work one-on-one with children with autism; • The Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education, used by students to identify and investigate energy and water resources; • Students Advancing Biological Research and Engagement, for students pursuing field-based biology and ecology research projects; • The International Congress on Medieval Studies, a gathering of more than 3,000 medieval scholars from around the world, and much more.



- Jessica Brockopp, 2017 Capital Intern


"I had the experience of a lifetime working for a state senator through the Capital Internship Program. My long term-goal is to run for state representative, and eventually, president. I’m getting a lot of insight into possible careers,and I wouldn’t have had that without this internship.”

Areas of Study

( M – Majors, m – minors and programs as of October 2019 )

Biological Sciences Biology M Biological Sciences m Biomedical Sciences M, m

English Creative Writing M English-Literature and Language M, m Rhetoric and Writing Studies M, m

Chemistry American Chemical Society Certified M Biochemistry M Business-Oriented Chemistry M Chemistry m Liberal Education Curriculum Chemistry M

Environment and Sustainability Studies Environmental and Sustainability Studies M, m Freshwater Science and Sustainability M Sustainable Brewing M

Communication Communication Studies M, m Digital Media and Journalism M, m Film, Video and Media Studies M Interpersonal Communication M Strategic Communication M • • • •

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership and Teamwork Media and Technology Public Relations

Telecommunications and Information Management M Comparative Religion Religion M, m Economics Economics M, m

Gender and Women's Studies Gender and Women’s Studies M, m Geography Community and Regional Planning Geography M, m • Climate Science • Environmental Analysis and Resources Management • Geographic Information Science • Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning Tourism and Travel M Geological and Environmental Sciences Certificate in Applied Hydrogeology Earth Science M, m Geochemistry M Geology M, m Geophysics M

Group Science Minor for Geology Majors m Hydrogeology M Global and International Studies Asian Studies m Global and International Studies M, m Latin American Studies m Modern European Studies m History History M, m Public History M, m Intercultural and Anthropological Studies African American and African Studies M, m Anthropology M, m Mathematics Actuarial Sciences m Applied Mathematics M Elementary and Middle School Teaching m General Mathematics M, m Medieval Studies Medieval Studies m Philosophy Philosophy M, m Professional and Applied Ethics M, m

Physics Astronomy m Geophysics M Physics M, m

Sociology Criminal Justice Studies M, m Social Psychology M, m Sociology M, m Special Law Enforcement Certification Spanish Spanish M, m Statistics Data Analysis m Data Science M, m Statistics M, m World Languages and Literatures Arabic m

Interdisciplinary Programs Climate Change Studies m Legal Studies m Medical Humanities m Race and Ethnic Relations m World Literature m


Public Affairs and Administration Non-Profit Leadership m


Psychology Behavioral Science M General Psychology M Psychology m

Pre-Secondary Education Programs/Tracks Arabic m Biology M, m Chemistry M, m Chinese m Earth Science M English M, m French M, m German M, m History M, m Integrated Science Education M Japanese m Latin M, m Mathematics M, m Physics M, m Political Science M, m Social Studies M Spanish M

Pre-Professional Pathways Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dental Pre-Health Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pre-Veterinary


Political Science American Public Policy M International and Comparative Politics M Political Science M, m Public Law M

Canadian Studies m Chinese m Classical Studies m French M, m German M, m German Study Abroad m Japanese M, m Latin M, m

18 Faculty-Led Programs in 15 Countries Plus hundreds of other study abroad opportunities worldwide


France Spain

Netherlands Germany

Russia China Japan UAE

Dominican Republic Belize Costa Rica

Malaysia Ecuador

South Africa

Broncos Abroad

Don’t let the cost of study abroad prevent you from having a life-changing experience – it’s more affordable than you may think!

For more information about financing your own study abroad experience, visit: Left: The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers several faculty-directed study abroad programs, including Japanese Religion and Culture in Tokyo. Center: A Russian literature course in St. Petersburg explores sites associated with key authors and others who play an important role in Russian culture. Right: Students can explore the history and current applications of sustainable practices in Costa Rica.


WMU and the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to helping students make their global experience affordable through scholarships and financial aid. Our students received more than $600,000 in study abroad scholarships in 2017-18.


Picture yourself learning a new language in the heart of where it’s spoken, or traveling with your friends and professors to gain a deeper understanding of the world. In addition to enhancing your education by raising your geographical and cultural awareness, studying abroad has been linked to numerous cognitive, academic and professional benefits. Whatever your major, WMU Arts and Sciences has a study abroad program suited just for you.


Arts and Sciences by the Numbers With more than 3500 undergraduate and more than 800 graduate students, the College of Arts and Sciences enrolls 25% of the WMU student population.


Ninety percent of our graduates are actively engaged within three months of graduation


Employed full time

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Employed part time


Continuing education Military service Volunteering full time


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Admissions (269) 387-2000 Lee Honors College (269) 387-3230 Student Success Services Global Learning and Culture

Undergraduate Advising (269) 387-4366 Undergraduate Recruitment and Outreach (269) 387-4371 Based on class of 2016-17 employment data within three months of graduation.


300+ Full-time faculty 1,100+ Courses oered (each year) 80,000+ Degrees granted since 1956

College of Arts and Sciences Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 387-4350

What Makes WMU’s College of Arts and Sciences the Right Choice for Your Education? WMU offers something special: a rich arts and sciences experience at the heart of a major research university. Our students regularly participate in undergraduate research and creative activities alongside a faculty mentor. In addition, our faculty rank among the finest scholars and researchers at WMU and in the country. Ready to learn more? Contact the College of Arts and Sciences advising office at (269) 387-4366 or visit

College of Arts and Sciences Facilities Brown Hall • Arts and Sciences Classroom Space • The Clifford Center Chemistry Building • Chemistry Classrooms and Labs Dunbar Hall • Arts and Sciences Classroom Space

Friedmann Hall • Arts and Sciences Advising Office • Economics • History • Office of the Dean • Political Science Haenicke Hall • Arts and Sciences Research Labs Knauss Hall • Arts and Sciences Lecture Halls • Center for the Humanities Moore Hall • African American and African Studies • Anthropology • Comparative Religion

Rood Hall • Arts and Sciences Research Labs • Geological and Environmental Sciences • Lloyd Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum • Student Success Services • Tandem Van de Graaff Accelerator Sangren Hall • Sociology Sprau Tower • English • Communication • Spanish • World Languages and Literatures Walwood Hall • Medieval Institute • Public Affairs and Administration Wood Hall • Biological Sciences • Chemistry • Environment and Sustainability • Geography • The Mallinson Institute for Science Education • Psychology


Everett Tower • Mathematics • Physics • Statistics

• Gender and Women’s Studies • Global and International Studies • Philosophy

The College of Arts and Sciences numbers at a glance – 4,568 total college enrollment 3,678 undergraduate students 890 graduate students 11-1 student faculty ratio 312 full-time faculty 70+ majors 70+ minors 25 academic units 18 faculty-led study abroad trips across 15 countries

Prestigious awards received by faculty include those from: • The Guggenheim Foundation • The Fulbright Association • The National Science Foundation • The National Endowment for the Humanities

Home to the Theta of Michigan Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most respected honor society for the liberal arts and sciences.

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WMU College of Arts and Sciences Viewbook  

The College of Arts and Sciences represents the academic heart and liberal arts core of Western Michigan University and provides a broad ran...

WMU College of Arts and Sciences Viewbook  

The College of Arts and Sciences represents the academic heart and liberal arts core of Western Michigan University and provides a broad ran...