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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
Undergraduate

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.

Graduate

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

Graduate Degree

Graduate Certificate

Departments

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.

Online

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
SpaceX Successfully Launches a Fully Recycled Mission to the Space Station
A previously flown rocket will launch a previously flown spacecraft to the space station
Christmas at the Smithsonian's Dolls' House Includes All the Trimmings—in Miniature
It's 'Deck the Halls' with Christmas cheer at the beloved Victorian-style dollhouse at the National Museum of American History
The Man Who Revealed the Hidden Structure of Falling Snowflakes
Beginning in the 1880s, amateur photographer Wilson A. Bentley considered the endlessly varied crystals "miracles of beauty"
The True Story Behind Plymouth Rock
Curator Larry Bird weighs in on the significance of Plymouth Rock—and the two pieces in the Smithsonian collections
This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Funded
Smithsonian's nonprofit record label launched a Kickstarter for help and got it
Beyond Chinua Achebe: Five Great African Authors You Should Read Right Now
Two curators from the African Art Museum recommend authors who have joined Achebe in shaping the world's understanding of the African experience
The True History of the Orient Express
Spies used it as a secret weapon. A president tumbled from it. Hitler wanted it destroyed. Just what made this train so intriguing?
A Brief History of the Haunted House
How Walt Disney inspired the world's scariest Halloween tradition
Eight Historical Archives That Will Spill New Secrets
Declassified records and journals to be released in coming decades will shed new light on pivotal 20th-century figures and events
Good History Takes Time, So Be Patient With the New JFK Documents
There are unlikely to be any bombshells, and it’ll be months or years before historians can draw conclusions from the new files
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.

pbrechbiel@davenport.edu
Steve Snyder, Davenport University
Stephen Snyder, PhD, MS

Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

ssnyder19@davenport.edu
Anne Cramer, PhD, MA

Department Chair for Social Sciences.

waacramer@davenport.edu
Charmayne Mulligan, PhD, MA

Department Chair for English and Communications.

cmulligan@davenport.edu
Tim Pennings, PhD

Chair of the Department of Mathematics.

tpennings@davenport.edu
Sharon Sutliff, DC

Department Chair for Science.

ssutliff@davenport.edu
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