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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
Math Camp at Davenport University
Math Camp
The DU Summer Math Camp 2017 program recently helped 24 students aged 10-16 discover the beauty of patterns and relationships inherent in the rotations and flips of rectangles and triangles. The free Math Camp, held July 17-20 at the W.A. Lettinga and Holland Campuses, was funded by a Davenport Legacy Endowment Grant. Led by five members of the Math Department and two DU students, the camps included many games, puzzles and a free lunch.
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.
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.
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.
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
Did Vikings Bury Their Dead in Clothing Bearing the Arabic Word for "Allah"?
While contact between Vikings and Muslim cultures is well documented, the interpretation of the 10th-century burial cloth has been called into question
Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Images
With a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodies
See the Earliest-Known Photograph of a U.S. President at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018
The museum recently acquired the 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams at the Sotheby’s photographs auction
Eight Places to See Amazing Fall Foliage Outside of New England
Autumn blazes in these off-the-beaten-path locations
Best Places to See the Northern Lights
Find out where to witness the aurora borealis, with reindeer sleigh rides, ice hotels and hot springs included
Witness a Real-Life Wild West Buffalo Roundup
For one day only, the old West lives on in South Dakota's Custer State Park
Follow This Rainbow Tunnel to the World's Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rocks
Get glowing in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
How Billie Jean King Picked Her Outfit for the Battle of the Sexes Match
King beat self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs and her victory still stands as an accomplishment for feminism
Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking Six National Monuments
The review, which has been leaked, also suggests changes in uses and/or management of several other monuments
Man Dresses Up Like a Car Seat for Science
After a dramatic confrontation with the costumed driver, it turns out it was all a test
Leadership Team

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

Patty Brechbiel

Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Steve Snyder, Davenport University
Stephen Snyder, PhD, MS

Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Anne Cramer, PhD, MA

Department Chair for Social Sciences.
Charmayne Mulligan, PhD, MA

Department Chair for English and Communications.
Tim Pennings, PhD

Chair of the Department of Mathematics.
Sharon Sutliff, DC

Department Chair for Science.
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