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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
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.
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.
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.
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?

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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
Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of New Orleans
The Big Easy might get all the fame, but places from Alabama to the south of France also know how to party before Lent
The Southern Romance of the Nation's Oldest Public Garden
Three centuries of beauty and history are on display at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
The History of the National Prayer Breakfast
The tradition began with President Eisenhower and has often been a place for the chief executive to talk about his faith
Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C.
National Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn
Poland Is Searching For the Last Living Auschwitz Guards
New database lays out details of the SS guards and commanders who carried out some of history's most terrible crimes
Visit the Homes of America's Greatest Inventors
Within these walls, our nation's most brilliant tinkerers once ate, slept and imagined
The National Park Service Warns Inauguration-Goers to Keep Off Its Lawn
The National Mall finally recovered from President Obama's first inauguration, and rangers want to keep it that way
Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Women
Women are grossly under-represented when it comes to recognition in public places, but here are a few places that pay tribute to their contributions
The Original Women's March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way
They fought for the right to vote, but also advanced the causes for birth control, civil rights and economic equality
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Presidential Food?
In honor of Inauguration Day, here's a little quiz to see how much you know about presidential food history
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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