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Your college experience will prepare you for a rewarding life as a valued contributor and leader in your community.  These activities will expand your horizons, foster new and latent talents, and develop long-lasting friendships while having fun.

Art and Art History / Studio Art / Graphic Design

Art and Art History Student Organizations Art and Art History Events

Study Abroad Opportunities

The Department of Art and Art History encourages study abroad opportunities. Group trips for studio art and art history students are occasionally arranged for winter breaks and summer semesters. Department faculty members accompany the students on these trips, and two-credit and four-credit coursework options are available. Every Summer AAH offers a 6-week study abroad program in Volterra, Italy, where you can earn credit toward your major or general education requirements, while visiting Rome, Florence, Pisa, Siena and Venice. Informational sessions take place in mid-fall for trips in the following calendar year. Follow us on the AAH social media accounts for the most up-to-date information.


Chemistry Events

Student Organizations

American Chemical Society (ACS)
All majors are welcome to join the OU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. The
organization features a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of the chemistry student,
including academic events, such as tours of local chemical and medical facilities; special speakers and research conferences; and social events such as picnics, and sporting activities. If you enjoy chemistry, no matter your major, you are welcome to attend.

Chemistry Research Opportunities
Participate in the research programs of individual faculty members and receive course credit
(CHM 2995, CHM 4995, BCM 4995). Initiate the process by talking to faculty members about their programs. Also, a variety of sponsored summer research opportunities are available within the department. Don't wait for senior year to do this!

Communication, Journalism and Public Relations

Communication, Journalism and Public Relations Student Organizations Communication, Journalism and Public Relations Events

Research and Teaching

Work alongside faculty members in their classrooms or in research projects while gaining credit toward graduation. Gain valuable experience by assisting in an undergraduate course and discussing with supervising faculty the principles, methods, and problems of teaching. Work with full-time faculty to develop independent or co-authored research projects and present your findings at undergraduate research conferences. Initiate the process by speaking with individual faculty members.

English, Film, Creative Writing and American Studies

English Student OrganizationsEnglish EventsEnglish Awards and ContestsEnglish Internships

Study Abroad Opportunities

Toronto International Film Festival
The TIFF annual program is designed to provide Oakland University students with hands-on experience at a major international film festival and market, including screenings, industry panels, and master class workshops with media professionals.

British Studies at Oxford Program
The British Studies at Oxford Program is designed to immerse students in the historical, cultural, and social milieu that has informed the ideas, events, and works studied in our courses. Contact Professor Susan Beckwith for more information.

University of East Anglia, Norwich, England
Through an Oakland University exchange, students can spend a semester abroad at the University of East Anglia, UK, which has one of the top American Studies programs in England.


History Events History Scholarships

Student Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta
History majors are eligible for membership in the OU chapter of the international honor society in history, Phi Alpha Theta. Past activities include lecture sponsorship, film viewings, new faculty luncheons, Careers in History panel discussions, historic site tours, community service projects, and social gatherings.

International Studies Program
Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics Student OrganizationsMathematics and Statistics Events

The Putnam Competition
The Putnam Competition is an annual mathematical problem solving competition available to all undergraduate students in the United States and Canada. Interested students should contact Putnam coach, László Liptak. Consider taking MTH 3001 - Putnam Seminar for 0 or 2 credits.

Music, Theatre and Dance

SMTD Performances and Events

Department of Music

Music Classes for Non-majors:

  • MUS 1000 - Introduction to Music
  • MUS 1000 - What’s on your Playlist?
  • MUS 1002 - Exploring Technology in Music
  • MUS 1005 - Foundations of Rock
  • MUS 1007 - Exploring Jazz
  • MUS 1010 - Exploring African Music
  • MUS 1011- Exploring Caribbean Music
  • MUS 1014 - Exploring Hip Hop Music
  • MUS 1017 - Exploring Music of Latin America
  • MUS 1100 - Vocal Techniquesfor Non-majors
  • MUS 1103 - Beginning Guitar for Non-majors
  • MUS 1004 - Intermediate Guitar for Non-majors

Music Ensembles

Department of Theatre

Theatre Classes for Non-majors:

  • THA 1000 - Introduction to Theatre
  • THA 1004 - Acting for Non-majors
  • THA 3001 - History of Theatre I
  • THA 3002 - History of Theatre II
  • THA 3006 - American Musical Theatre

Theatre Productions

Department of Dance

Dance Classes for Non-Majors:

  • DAN 1003 - Fundamentals of Ballet Technique I
  • DAN 1006 - Fundamentals of Tap
  • DAN 1013 - Fundamentals of Modern Techniques
  • DAN 1220 - Jazz I
  • DAN 1373 - Dance History and Appreciation
  • DAN 1375 - Dance in American Culture
  • DAN 1377 - Dance in Film
  • DAN 2230 – Urban Dance Class (Hip Hop)
  • Dance Student Organizations

Oakland Dance Theatre (ODT)
The Oakland Dance Theatre (ODT) is open to non-majors to audition for participation in annual performances. Auditions Take place early in the Fall semester. For more information and to request an audition date please contact Greg Patterson. Prior dance experience is strongly suggested but not required.

Study Abroad Opportunities:


Physics Colloquium Series

Research Opportunity
Participate in the research programs of individual faculty members and receive course credit (PHY 2995, PHY 4995). Initiate the process by talking to faculty members about their programs. Don't wait for your senior year to do this!

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

SOCAN Student ClubsSOCAN Events

Study Abroad Opportunities
There are opportunities to study abroad in social work. Department faculty members accompany students on these trips, with two‐credit or four‐credit coursework options available. Informational sessions occur mid‐fall semester for trips during summer months. For more information, email Maria DeVoogd-Beam.

Women and Gender Studies

College of Arts and Sciences Advising

100 Fitzgerald House
614 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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