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College of Arts and Sciences
Dean's Office

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2140
Fax: (248) 370-4280

College of Arts and Sciences Advising

O'Dowd Hall, Room 130
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4567

College of Arts and Sciences
Dean's Office

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2140
Fax: (248) 370-4280

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General Information

We're Here for You!

A lot has changed in our lives and unexpected change can be stressful. We want you to know that the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Advising staff is here to support you. Please reach out to your adviser with any questions or support you need. We are here to help!

Who is my Academic Adviser

You can identify your assigned academic adviser on your MySAIL account. In the My Details box at the top of the page. You will see a blue ADVISER link right under your class standing. This link we give you the name and email of your assigned adviser.  

You are always welcome to use our general advising office email at as needed.

Virtual Appointments

All advising appointments are being conducted via Google Meet, ZOOM or phone until further notice.

Please contact (248) 370-4567 to schedule an appointment. You will receive instructions on  your virtual appointment through your Oakland University email. If you prefer a phone appointment, please let us know when scheduling.

Thank you for your patience and partnership.

CAS Advising


  • Clarifying questions about your major program, class scheduling, registration, etc.
  • Declaring a major or minor/concentration
  • Referrals to other resources
  • Graduation audits
  • Career planning

General Questions

Make sure you check out the CAS Advising FAQ. If your question isn't answered there, email us at A response will generally be received within two days during normal business hours. Several questions, or questions relating to an academic problem or specific programs should be handled in a scheduled appointment.

Change of Major/Minor/Concentration Form  
Use this form to declare or change a major/minor/concentration within the College of Arts & Sciences (see below).

Beginning February 12, 2018 students are required to meet with a CAS Academic Adviser before any changes in major, minor and/or concentration can be processed.  This is to include "drop only" requests.  

Pre-requisite Override Form (request this form by emailing
Complete this form when you are requesting an override of a course pre-requisite that you feel you have completed (but the registration system will not recognize). The completed Pre-requisite Override form should be turned in to the corresponding department that "houses"  the course you are trying to get the override for.

Academic Success Form (request this form by emailing
Students on Academic Probation should go to Academic Success Website:
  1. Review the website and complete step 1 (probation tutorial);
  2. Review all of the topics listed in the CAS Academic Success e-space page;
  3. Print off this form, complete it and bring it to your scheduled appointment.

Call the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to schedule an appointment with a CAS Adviser by calling (248) 370-4567. 

Undergraduate Application for Degree
Complete this application before the established deadline for the semester in which you intend to complete all degree requirements.


To request Sample Schedules outlining the course requirements for each major below, email They are intended for general information only and are not meant to be a complete description of all Oakland University degree requirements. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your academic adviser to discuss your specific degree program, ensuring the details of your major can be thoroughly reviewed.

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2020-2021 Catalog

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Art and Art History

Art History, BA

Graphic Design, BA

Studio Art - Drawing, BA     

Studio Art - Drawing, K-12 BA

Studio Art - Arts Tech/Sculpture, BA

Studio Art - Arts/Tech, K-12 BA

Studio Art - Painting, BA

Studio Art - Painting, K-12 BA

Studio Art - Photography, BA

Studio Art - Photography, K-12 BA 

Studio Art - Art Education, K-12 BA

Studio Art - Graphic Design, K-12 BA

Biological Sciences

Biology, BA

Biology, BS

Biology, BA or BS STEP

Biology, BA Law School 3+3 Program

Biomedical Science, BS


Biochemistry, BS

Chemistry, BA

Chemistry, BS

Chemistry, BA or BS STEP

Environmental Science, BS (Environmental Health)

Environmental Science, BS (Sustainability & Resource Management)

Communication, Journalism and Public Relations

Communication, BA

Communication, BA to MA

Journalism, BA

Public Relations & Strategic Communication, BA


Economics, BA


Creative Writing, BA (Screenwriting)

Creative Writing, BA (Poetry)

Creative Writing BA, (Fiction)

Creative Writing BA (Nonfiction)

English, BA

English, BA STEP

English, BA to MA

Film, BA

Film Production, BA


History, BA

History, BA STEP

History, BA STEP (Social Studies Endorsement)

International Studies

Chinese Studies, BA

Japanese Studies, BA

Latin American Studies, BA

Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies, BA


Linguistics, BA

Mathematics and Statistics

Actuarial Science, BS

Applied Statistics, BS

Mathematics, BA      

Mathematics, BS

Mathematics, BA or BS STEP

Modern Languages and Literature

French, BA

French, BA K-12

German, BA

German, BA K-12

Japanese, BA 

Japanese, BA K-12

Latin American Language & Civilization, BA

Spanish, BA

Spanish BA, K-12

Music, Theatre and Dance

Acting, BFA

Dance, BA

Dance, BFA

Dance Education & Performance, BFA

Dance Education, BA

Music, BA

Music Instrumental Performance, BM

Music Education Instrumental, BM

Music Education & Instrumental Perform, BM

Music Piano Pedagogy

Piano Performance, BM Specialization in Pedagogy

Music Piano Performance, BM

Music Education Piano, BM

Music Education & Piano Perform, BM

Music Vocal Performance, BM

Music Education Vocal, BM

Music Education & Vocal Performance, BM

Music Technology, BM

Musical Theatre, BFA

Theatre, BA

Theatre Design and Technology, BFA


Philosophy, BA


Medical Physics, BS

Physics, BA

Physics, BS    

Physics, BA or BS STEP

Political Science

International Relations, BA   

International Relations, BA (Foreign Affairs & Diplomacy)  

International Relations, BA (Global Justice & Sustainability)

International Relations, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Political Science, BA  

Political Science, BA (Campaigns and Elections)

Political Science, BA (Courts, Justice & Politics)

Political Science, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Public Administration, BS

Public Administration, BS to MPA

Public Administration, BS (Law School 3+3 Program)


Psychology, BA

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts to Psychology Master of Science Program, BA to MS

Psychology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Anthropology, BA

Anthropology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Criminal Justice, BA

Criminal Justice (Homeland Security,) BA    

Criminal Justice (Info Security & Assurance), BA

Criminal Justice, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Social Work, BSW

Sociology, BA

Sociology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Sociology/Anthropology, BA

Sociology/Anthropology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)

Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies, BA

Writing and Rhetoric

Professional and Digital Writing, BA

Minors and Concentrations

Below is a list of minors and concentrations available in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each link below will take you to the appropriate page of the current undergraduate catalog listing the requirements for the minor or concentration.

Minors are not required for most College of Arts and Sciences majors. However, students will sometimes complete minors or concentrations in addition to their major if they have other areas of academic interest.

Students pursuing admission into the Secondary Teaching Education Program (STEP) must complete a teaching minor in one of the following areas: biology, chemistry, dance, economics, English, history, mathematics, modern languages (Spanish, French or German), physics, political science, or sociology. Teaching minors for these areas can be found in the same catalog sections as the regular minors.

As a general rule, no more than 8 credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor, or concentration may be applied toward another. At least 8 of the credits offered for each minor must be taken at Oakland University.

If you are interested in any of these minors or concentrations and wish to discuss them in more detail, contact our office for an appointment or contact the departmental adviser for the subject in which you have an interest.

Minor or Concentration

Addiction Studies Concentration
African and African-American Studies
American Studies Concentration
Applied Mathematics
Applied Statistics
Archaeology Concentration
Art History
Child Welfare
Chinese Language
Chinese Language and Civilization
Chinese Studies
Christianity Studies
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Digital Media Production
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies Concentration
French Language and Literature
French Language
French Studies Concentration
German Language and Literature
German Language
German Studies
Gerontology Concentration
Graphic Design
Interactive and Social Media
International Relations
International Studies
Islamic Studies
Japanese Language and Civilization
Japanese Language and Literature
Japanese Language
Japanese Studies
Jazz Studies
Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies
LGBTQ Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Music (auditioned)
Music (no audition)
Music Theory
Organizational Communication
Political Science
Pre-Law Studies (not a minor or major)
Pre-Med Concentration
Public Administration
Public Relations
Relational Communication
Religious Studies Concentration
Russian and East European Studies
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish Language
Studio Art
Teaching English as a Second Language
Urban Agriculture and Agroecology
Urban Studies Concentration
Women and Gender Studies
World Music

Teaching Minors

Biology STEP
Chemistry STEP
Economics STEP
English as a Second Language STEP
English STEP
History STEP
Mathematics STEP
Modern Languages STEP
Physics STEP
Political Science STEP