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College of Arts and Sciences
Building core knowledge for academic and professional success

Every DU degree begins here, with core classes from the College of Arts and Sciences. We build your knowledge base in math, humanities, English, social sciences, life sciences and languages as part of your complete program. The College also offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Prospective Students

Davenport's College of Arts and Sciences offers two undergraduate programs. If you are interested in biological sciences or social work, we have the program for you.


Our graduate programs prepare you to meet the growing need for data analysts.

Graduate Degree

Graduate Certificate


For further information about our departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, please see the information below.

News and Events
Joint Mathematics Meeting
The annual Joint Mathematics Meeting is the largest math meeting in the world, and Davenport’s own Steve Bacinski, Associate Department Chair, gave a talk covering his ongoing research with Tim Pennings on analyzing the game Tenzi.
Student Publication Submission
We are seeking submissions for the Spring 2017 student literary and creative arts publication – From the Panther’s Paw. Currently-enrolled students from any campus or online may submit the following for consideration: Visuals – original photographs, drawings, computer-generated graphics, or visuals of 2D or 3D work Original writing up 10 pages – all genres of writing are accepted, from essays, to creative works, to short research project Students have until February 17 to submit. Prizes will be awarded for the best written and visual work.
CSI: Davenport Forensics
Detroit-area high school students enjoyed Davenport’s fourth annual Forensic Science summer camp June 27-July 1 at the Warren Campus. At this camp, students solve a simulated murder using entomology (study of insects, like the life cycle of the fly), blood typing, forensic bone analysis (determining sex, race, etc. by analysis of the skeleton) and DNA analysis using gel electrophoresis.
2015-16 Great Michigan Read
One title, one state and thousands engaged in literary discussion. The Great Michigan Read is a biennial program of the Michigan Humanities Council that aims to connect us as Michiganians by exploring our history, our present and our future as discussed in a single literary title. 2016-17 Great Michigan Read coming soon.
Math Camp
The goal of the Davenport University Math Camp was to help students develop their math skills so they have the confidence and ability to succeed in their upcoming high school and college mathematics courses. Look for this opportunity again in 2017.
Constitution Day
September 17, 2016 has been set aside by Congress as Constitution Day. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest written Constitution of any nation on Earth!
Got Questions?

Please see the selections below for further information.

Honor Society and Honors Designation

Recognition as an Honor Society member or achieving Honors Designations in courses can be an important part of your college experience

Study Abroad

Spend a semester or year abroad studying at universities around the world.


There are many opportunities for you to explore the global campus.

Faculty and Staff

For a full list of faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences, please visit this page.

Literary and Creative Arts Journal

Submit your original creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and essays to the journal.

Excellence System

The Excellence System consists of nine student learning outcomes that demonstrate professional competencies for graduates.

Global News in Arts and Sciences
What Is Bears Ears National Monument?
The Department of Interior will make a recommendation about the land's fate in early June
Get Lost in London’s Secret Gardens
Follow us to these fragrant green oases secreted away within central and far-flung London neighborhoods
If You Want to See Thousands of Fireflies Light Up at Once, Head to the Great Smoky Mountains
A firefly mating ritual turns into a synchronized light show
Bangkok Won't Ban Street Food After All
The Tourism Authority of Thailand clarifies that vendors will be able to continue selling street food under new regulations
Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs
Remnants of a vanished past, Fabergé Easter eggs live on in museums and collections across the world
A Gentile’s Guide to Keeping Kosher for Passover
Pizza and pasta are pretty obviously out, but what are the other no-nos?
The Bee That Breaks Your Heart
Insects are hard-pressed to get protection as endangered species. Can one fuzzy anomaly beat the odds?
The Best Places in the U.S. to See Spring's Migrating Birds
Get out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek north
The Wild Rock and Roller Chuck Berry Dies
In 2012, Berry donated his red Eldorado Cadillac to the Smithsonian
Nine Places to Enjoy Naturally Green Waters This St. Patrick's Day
Leave the dye behind—these watery wonderlands are 100 percent natural
Leadership Team

For a full list of faculty and staff, please see the link above.

Patty Brechbiel

Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Stephen Snyder, PhD, MS

Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tim Pennings, PhD

Chair of the Department of Mathematics.
Sharon Sutliff, DC

Department Chair for Science.
Charmayne Mulligan, PhD, MA

Department Chair for English and Communications.
Anne Cramer, PhD, MA

Department Chair for Social Sciences.
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