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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 Milton Glaser Came to Design the Iconic Poster of Bob Dylan
The 1966 illustration of the folk-rock icon captured the psychadelic dazzle of the flower-power era
LGBTQ+ Pride at the Smithsonian
Read our newest stories about LGBTQ+ arts, culture and history, as well as a list of events around the Smithsonian related to Pride
The History of D.C.'s Epic and Unfinished Struggle for Statehood and Self-Governance
Control of the federal city was long dictated by Congress until residents took a stand beginning in the 1960s
Now for the First Time, Arthur Jafa’s 'Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death' Streams Online
The seminal work, a contemporary Guernica, is the first joint acquisition for the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day
Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, American slavery came to an end and a celebration of freedom was born
Legislation Declaring Lynching a Federal Crime Hits New Roadblock
Sen. Rand Paul has stalled a measure passed by the House in February
The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.
A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of today
First Rocket Launch From U.S. Soil in Nine Years Postponed
The two NASA astronauts will lift off from historic launch pad 39A, used for the Apollo and space shuttle missions
A Sculptor's Provocative Memorial Acknowledges the High Cost of Conflict
Paul Thek's haunting sculpture looks beyond the pomp of traditional battle memorials
This Artwork Recognizes the Sacrifices Made by Native American Soldiers in Vietnam
Taking 'Best in Show' at the Northern Plains Tribal Art Show, the 2002 beadwork tableau is held in the collections of the American Indian Museum
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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