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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences



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Carla Koretsky
Dean

James Cousins
Associate Dean

Heather Petcovic
Associate Dean
 

Mission of the College

Our mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for learning and discovery in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, to help students, staff, and faculty succeed in life and contribute to the betterment of our local and global communities.

Vision of the College

Our vision is to achieve excellence in all aspects of learning and discovery across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences while fostering a climate of intellectual freedom, diversity, and inclusion.

 

Undergraduate majors

   

Undergraduate minors

       

Anthropology

   

Anthropology

•Anthropology

B.A.

 

•Anthropology

Biological Sciences

   

Biological Sciences

•Biology

B.S.

 

•Biological Sciences

•Biomedical Sciences

B.S.

 

Chemistry

Chemistry

   

•Chemistry

•Biochemistry

B.S.

 

College of Arts and Sciences

•Business-Oriented Chemistry

B.S.

 

•Canadian Studies

•Chemistry

B.S.

 

•Climate Change Studies

•Chemistry – ACS Certified             

B.S.

 

•Legal Studies

•Chemistry – Secondary Education

B.S.

 

•Medical Humanities

Communication

   

•Race and Ethnic Relations

•Communication Studies

B.A.

 

Communication

•Film, Video, and Media Studies

B.A.

 

•Communication

•Interpersonal Communication

B.A.

 

•Journalism

•Journalism

B.A.

 

Comparative Religion

•Organizational Communication

B.A.

 

•Comparative Religion

•Public Relations

B.A.

 

Economics

•Telecom & Information Management

B.A.

 

•Economics

Comparative Religion

   

English

•Comparative Religion               

B.A.

 

•English

Economics

   

•English - Secondary Education

•Economics                 

B.A.

 

•English with Writing Emphasis

English

   

•Rhetoric and Writing Studies

•English

B.A.

 

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

•English – Secondary Education

B.A.

 

•Environmental and Sustainability Studies

•Creative Writing

B.A.

 

Gender & Women’s Studies

•Rhetoric and Writing Studies

B.A.

 

•Gender & Women’s Studies

Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

   

Geography

•Environmental and Sustainability Studies*

B.A./B.S. 

 

•Geography

•Freshwater Science and Sustainability

B.S.

 

Geosciences

Gender and Women’s Studies

   

•Earth Science

•Gender and Women’s Studies

B.A.

 

•Geology

Geography

   

•Group Science for Geology Majors

•Community and Regional Planning

B.S.

 

History

•Geography

B.S.

 

•History

•Tourism and Travel

B.A.

 

•Public History

Geosciences

   

•History: Social Studies

•Earth Sciences

B.S.

 

•History: Secondary Education

•Geochemistry

B.S.

   

•Geology

B.S.

   

•Geophysics

B.S.

   

•Hydrology

B.S.

   

Global and International Studies

B.A.

 

Global and International Studies

     

•Asian Studies

History

B.A.

 

•Latin American Studies

•History

B.A.

 

•Modern European Studies

•Public History

B.A.

   

•History – Secondary Education

B.A.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics

   

•General Mathematics

•Applied Mathematics

B.A./B.S.

 

•Actuarial Science

•Mathematics

B.A./B.S.

 

Medieval Studies

Philosophy

   

Philosophy

•Philosophy

B.A.

 

•Philosophy

•Professional and Applied Ethics

B.A.

 

•Professional and Applied Ethics

Physics

   

Physics

•Physics

B.S.

 

•Astronomy

•Physics: Electrical Engineering

B.S.

 

•Physics

•Physics – Secondary Education    

B.S.

 

•Physics - Secondary Education

Political Science

   

Political Science

•American Public Policy

B.A.

 

•Political Science

•International & Comparative Politics

B.A.

 

Psychology

•Political Science

B.A.

 

•Psychology

•Public Law

B.A.

 

Public Affairs and Administration

Psychology

   

•Nonprofit Leadership

•Behavioral Science

B.S.

 

•Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate

•General Psychology

B.S.

 

Sociology

•Psychology

B.S.

 

•Criminal Justice

Sociology

   

•Social Psychology

•Sociology

B.A.

 

•Sociology

•Criminal Justice

B.A.

 

Spanish 

•Social Psychology

B.A.

 

•Spanish 

Spanish

   

Statistics

•Spanish

B.A.

 

•Data Analysis

Statistics

   

•Data Science

•Data Science                

B.S.

 

•Statistics

•Statistics

B.S.

 

World Languages and Literatures

Sustainable Brewing

B.S.

 

•Arabic

World Languages and Literatures

   

•Chinese

•French

 B.A.

 

•French

•German

 B.A.

 

•German

•Japanese

 B.A.

 

•Japanese

•Latin

 B.A.

 

•Latin

     

•Russian

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

Any student completing a major or minor from the College of Arts and Sciences must earn a minimum of nine (9) credit hours toward their major and at least six (6) credit hours toward their minor from the degree-granting unit at WMU. Academic units within the college may set higher credit hour minima for their programs. Please consult the appropriate program for details.

 

 

Accelerated Degree Program with WMU Thomas Cooley Law School

Students with a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) who are accepted into the WMU Thomas Cooley Law School may enroll in an accelerated degree program, allowing them to count credits earned from their first-year law school courses toward both their law degree and their bachelor’s degree.

Application for this program is required. Students should apply through the CAS Office of Undergraduate Advising. Minimum requirements include acceptance into the WMU Thomas Cooley Law School, junior or senior standing, and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Applications will be reviewed by a joint admissions committee consisting of CAS advising staff, CAS faculty, and a representative from the CAS Dean’s office, and representatives from Cooley Law School.

Students accepted into this program will enroll at WMU in 18 credits of A-S 5100 - Topics in Legal Studies, which will be scheduled in partnership for the following first-year courses at the Cooley Law School:

CIVP 105 LECT - Civil Procedure I   Credits: 3 hours
CONL 404 LECT - Constitutional Law I   Credits: 3 hours
CONL 503 LECT - Constitutional Law II  Credits: 3 hours
CONT 108 LECT - Contracts I   Credits: 3 hours
CONT 213 LECT - Contracts II   Credits: 3 hours
CRLP 107 LECT - Criminal Law   Credits: 3 hours
PRSE 109 LECT - Property I   Credits: 3 hours
PRSE 207 LECT - Property II   Credits: 3 hours
TOEQ 106 LECT - Torts I   Credits: 3 hours
TOEQ 304 LECT - Torts II   Credits: 3 hours

Students in this program will receive WMU credit for 18 of the 24 credits successfully completed (with a grade of “C” or better) during their first year at Cooley. Successful completion (with a grade of “C” or better) of 18 credits of A-S 5100 will also constitute the successful completion of the minor in Legal Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students in this program still need to complete their major requirements and their general education requirements, and still need a minimum of 122 credits to receive their bachelor’s degree. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Advising to learn more.

 


Academic Advising Office
Kevin Knutson, Director
Tammi Smith, Assistant Director
Jackie Bizzell, Academic Adviser
Elizabeth Cramer, Academic Advisor School of Communication
Cheryl Frommann, Academic Adviser
Kerrie Jo Harvey, Academic Adviser
Lyndsey Millet, Academic Advisor
Thomas Mills, Academic Advisor
Kayla Jo Mitchell, Administrative Assistant II
Lynnette Abbate, Office Assistant 

2318 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4366
www.wmich.edu/cas/advising

Vision

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.

The College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office at Western Michigan University, located in 2318 Friedmann Hall, provides general advising regarding university and general education requirements, pre-professional programs and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Curriculum. The Academic Advising Office also offers introductory information about the programs, majors and minors available within the College of Arts and Sciences. Major and minor specific advising is offered by professional staff and faculty within each department in the College. Schedule an appointment with a College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor online at www.wmich.edu/arts-sciences/advising or by calling (269) 387-4366.

 

Student Success Services
Katie Easley, Program Manager of Student Success Services
Ben Carr, Bronco Study Zone Manager
Amy Degner-Petillon, Administrative Assistant II
McKaela O’Brien, Math and Science Success Center Manager and Supervisor of Learning Assistant Program

Western Michigan University
3374 Rood Hall
(269) 387-4252
www.wmich.edu/student-success

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Office of Student Success Services (S3) provides academic support to any student enrolled in CAS courses via peer academic success coaching, drop-in course assistance, and the learning assistant program.  The main S3 office is located in 3374 Rood Hall. Peer tutoring provides course-specific assistance to undergraduates in over 200 courses.  Peer academic success coaching pairs high-achieving CAS undergraduates with students wishing to enhance their study strategies and receive one-on-one course assistance.  Drop-in course assistance at the Bronzo Study Zone in 3374 Rood Hall and at the Math and Science Success Center (MSSC) in the Valley 2 residence hall offers immediate, on-the-spot support to students in a number of in-demand subjects. 

 

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