Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences
Kevin J. Corcoran, Dean
The journey of a lifetime can begin with a single “click.” I’m glad that you clicked or tapped your way to the College of Arts and Sciences website, for you have begun a journey that could take you to places that will stretch your imagination.
A strong College of Arts and Sciences forms the heart of any great university, and ours is no exception. Whether your journey takes you deep within the human brain or to the vastness of the universe, we’re the place you want to be. Whether that journey of discovery takes you to calculus or cubism, improvisational theatre or archaeological digs, local government or international studies, nanotechnology or Nachtmusik
— all of these activities call Arts and Sciences home! And, this list barely scratches the surface of the dozens of other areas of study that may be part of your journey.
Regardless of what you study, you will find talented faculty who will involve you in creative work and research, with active learning at the core of your educational experience. You will come to understand the key issues in a field, to think critically and communicate effectively about those issues, create new knowledge and ways of thinking, and connect that learning to the world beyond the classroom. These are the skills that employers are clamoring for.
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As important as preparing you for a job, your Arts and Sciences education will help you discover new capacities within yourself — a discovery that will transform you forever. That transformation will prepare you for your first job, your last job, and every job in between … and help you change the world!
But, enough from me … you’ve got quite a trip to take!
Associate professor, anthropology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice
Since joining Oakland University in 2007, Dr. Henri Gooren has kept up a
busy schedule. During the past six years, the associate professor of
anthropology has published 14 articles, as well as the book, Religious Conversion and Disaffiliation: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices
Dr. Gooren’s specialties include the anthropology of religion,
conversion models, and Pentecostalism, Protestantism, Mormonism and
Roman Catholicism in Latin America.
A recognized leader across campus, Dr. Gooren has served on numerous
committees, organized sessions and presented talks at the American
Anthropological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of
Religion. He is editor of the Religion in the Americas
series for Brill Publishers and has also given talks at OU and at
Rochester area events. He helped organize OU’s 2009-2010 College of Arts
and Sciences Celebrating the Liberal Arts Theme, “Religion and Society”
and has served as the adviser for OU’s anthropology program since 2011.
He has also mentored 15 OU students in preparation for graduate school
and is currently supervising two outside Ph.D. students.
CAS Welcomes New Faculty
The 2013-14 academic year finds the College of Arts and
Sciences welcoming an exciting group of new faculty to the college and
Oakland University. Their expertise is globally diverse and will bring
excitement to their students, colleagues and university as a whole. Click here to get to know more about them.