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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
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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.

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Graduate

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

Graduate Degree

Graduate Certificate

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Departments

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

News and Events
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Principles of Data Warehousing receives QM Certification
Principles of Data Warehousing is the first graduate-level online course at Davenport University to receive a Quality Matters Certification. Quality Matters is an international organization that supports quality assurance and improvements in online education. QM Certification is awarded to online courses that meet the quality standards of the Quality Matters after an external peer review.
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National Science Foundation grant
Bringing STEM to urban classrooms With its first-ever National Science Foundation grant, Davenport University will help shape the future of STEM education in urban schools. The Future Urban STEM Educator Preparation Program — known as FUSE — is designed to increase the pipeline of diverse students entering DU’s Computer Science and Biological Laboratory Science programs with an interest in secondary STEM teaching.
2017-18 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.
Math Camp at Davenport University
Math Camp
Are you interested in mathematics? Join us for the (FREE!) Davenport University Math Camp. The goal of the Davenport University Math Camp is to help students develop their mathematical skills and interest so they have the confidence and ability to succeed in their upcoming high school and college mathematics courses. Students will be motivated with challenging games, puzzles, competition, and hands-on activities. For middle school and high school students entering grades 6-12. Lunch is provided.
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.
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!
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.
Got Questions?

Please see the selections below for further information.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Excellence System

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

Global News in Arts and Sciences
How a Spy Known as the ‘Limping Lady’ Helped the Allies Win WWII
A new biography explores the remarkable feats of Virginia Hall, a disabled secret agent determined to play her part in the fight against the Nazis
A Gentile’s Guide to Keeping Kosher for Passover
Pizza and pasta are pretty obviously out, but what are the other no-nos?
Virtually Celebrate Peak Bloom With Ten Fun Facts About Cherry Blossoms
The National Cherry Blossom Festival has moved online due to the novel coronavirus pandemic
After Closure, the Met Opera Offers Free Streaming of Past Performances
Each night, the institution will post an encore showing of an opera from its "Met Live in HD" series
I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Space
On July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that day
Ten Myths About the 1918 Flu Pandemic
The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong
How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Cultural World
Museum closures and event cancellations abound as officials rush to contain the new coronavirus' spread
A Story of an Empire, Told Through Tea
The Met has revamped its British Galleries, drawing on luxurious artifacts to highlight the country's history of exploitation
Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Was Made by a Bra Manufacturer
This wearable spacecraft let humans take one giant leap away from Earth
A Guide to What to Know About COVID-19
As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, so does misinformation. Here, you can find facts about the virus and infection it causes
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
Gerald Nyambane, PhD

Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Gerald.Nyambane@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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