Jun 05, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

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Alexander Enyedi

Terrell Hodge
Associate Dean

Edwin Martini
Associate Dean 

Mission of the College

The College of Arts and Sciences cultivates engaged, global citizenship by providing high quality education in the liberal arts - bridging the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, creating, discovering, and disseminating scientific, humanistic and artistic knowledge and expression; and fostering intellectual engagement and continuous discovery and learning.

Vision of the College

The College of Arts and Sciences promotes and sustains an intellectually challenging, dynamic community that is nationally and internationally recognized for innovative researchers and life-long learners who value integrated knowledge, skills and creative methods, and apply these flexible, holistic approaches in a variety of life settings.


Undergraduate majors   Undergraduate minors
Anthropology B.A. Anthropology
Biological Sciences   Asian Studies
Biology B.S. Biological Sciences
•Biomedical Sciences B.S. Canadian Studies
Chemistry   Chemistry
Biochemistry B.S. Communication
Business-Oriented Chemistry B.S. •Communication
Chemistry B.S. Journalism
Communication   Comparative Religion
Communication Studies B.A. Economics
Film, Video, and Media Studies B.A. English
Journalism B.A. •English
Organizational Communication B.A. English with Writing Emphasis
Public Relations B.A. Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Telecom & Information Management B.A. Environmental Studies
Comparative Religion B.A. Gender & Women’s Studies
Economics B.A. Geography
English   Geosciences
•English B.A. •Earth Science
•Creative Writing B.A. •Geology
•Rhetoric and Writing Studies B.A. •Group Science for Geology Majors
Environmental Studies* B.A./B.S. Global and International Studies
Gender and Women’s Studies B.A. History
Geography   •Liberal Arts
•Community and Regional Planning B.S. •Public History
•Geography B.S. Latin American Studies
•Tourism and Travel B.A. Mathematics
Geosciences   •General Mathematics
•Earth Science B.S. •Actuarial Science
•Geochemistry B.S. Medieval Studies
•Geology B.S. Modern European Studies
•Geophysics B.S. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate
•Hydrology B.S. Philosophy
Global and International Studies B.A. •Philosophy
History   •Professional and Applied Ethics
•History B.A. Physics
•Public History B.A. •Astronomy
Mathematics   •Physics
•Applied Mathematics B.A./B.S. Political Science
•Mathematics B.S. Public Administration
Philosophy   •Nonprofit Leadership
•Philosophy B.A. Psychology
•Professional and Applied Ethics B.A. Race and Ethnic Relations
Physics   Sociology
•Physics B.S. •Criminal Justice
•Physics: Electrical Engineering B.S. •Social Psychology
Political Science   •Sociology
•American Public Policy B.A. Spanish
•International & Comparative Politics B.A. Statistics
•Political Science B.A. •Applied Statistics
•Public Law B.A. •Statistics
Psychology   World Languages and Literatures
•Behavioral Science B.S. •Arabic
•General Psychology B.S. •Chinese
•Psychology B.S. •French
Sociology   •German
•Sociology B.A. •Japanese
•Criminal Justice B.A. •Latin
•Social Psychology B.A. •Russian
Spanish B.A. World Literature 
Statistics B.S.  
World Languages and Literatures    

 *This major is to be selected only along with a standard major.


Academic Advising Office

Kevin Knutson, Director
Jacquelyn Bizzell
Nick Gauthier
Kerrie Jo Harvey
Cheryl Ann Peters
Tammi Smith
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
2318 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4366


Western Michigan University’s College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Advising strives to be nationally and internationally recognized by the College, University, and external communities for providing timely, accurate, and intentional advising.

Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Advising, as a key component in a learner-centered, discovery-driven, globally-engaged research university, is dedicated to engaging students in intentional, collaborative, supportive, and meaningful partnerships that promote personal growth, educational excellence, cultural appreciation, and career development to facilitate self-directed, life-long learning.

Goals Statement

  1. Ensure that students have access to knowledgeable and informed advisors who participate in ongoing professional development and demonstrate care and respect.
  2. Provide accurate information about academic requirements, policies, and procedures, and co-curricular opportunities.
  3. Collaborate with students on the development and implementation of academic plans and educational experiences congruent with the student’s interests and abilities.
  4. Encourage students to utilize University resources and services to maximize their educational and personal potential.
  5. Facilitate the understanding of the critical role of liberal arts and sciences through intellectual engagement, continuous discovery, and life-long learning across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  6. Promote and advocate the value of advising across the College, University, and external communities.
  7. Contribute to Department, College, and University recruitment and retention efforts.

Students in the Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Curriculum should see a college advisor to plan their degree programs. The staff of the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office advises students concerning Liberal Education Curriculum requirements as well as Intellectual Skills and other University requirements. An appointment with an advisor should be scheduled during the student’s first enrollment period in order to obtain information regarding requirements.

Transfer students in the Liberal Education Curriculum, after they have received their credit evaluation forms from the Admissions Office, should have their transfer courses evaluated for credit toward their Liberal Education and other college or University requirements.

The staff of the Academic Advising office will provide introductory information about the programs, majors and minors available within the College of Arts and Sciences and will make referrals to other advising facilities and university resources, such as departmental advisors, etc. Students seeking exploratory information about the programs and curricula of the College are encouraged to visit this office.

Within the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, we offer a two-tier advising system for undergraduates. Students receive major/minor specific advising through the faculty or staff expertise within the department and general advising regarding university and general education requirements as well as pre-professional advising through the college’s advising office located in 2318 Friedmann Hall (schedule an appointment online at www.wmich.edu/arts-sciences/advising or by calling (269) 387-4366).


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