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

Letter from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences

What’s it mean to be a major in the College of Arts and Sciences?  We trace our history back to the founding of Oakland University—to Matilda Dodge Wilson.  Mrs. Wilson envisioned a great university with an Arts and Sciences education at its core.  We embrace her pioneering vision, as our faculty and staff provide you with opportunities to participate in research, creative, and scholarly investigations and pursue active learning that allows you to grow and explore as a person and a professional.  In this exploration you will discover an inner strength that will allow you to contribute to our proud tradition. 

A strong College of Arts and Sciences forms the heart of any true university, and ours is no exception. Whether your journey takes you deep within the human circulatory system or to an understanding of gravitational forces, we’re the place you want to be. Whether that determined journey of discovery takes you to musical theatre or ethics, biomedical sciences or international relations, criminal justice or actuarial science, cinema studies or graphic design—your home is the College of  Arts and Sciences!  

The empowering skills and knowledge of an Arts and Sciences education, coupled with the resilience that comes from being part of the OU tradition, is exactly the combination that employers are looking for.  A Liberal Arts Degree Is valued now more than ever (It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success).  Arts and Sciences grads push boundaries, discover new ideas, and change the world!

Our website is the first step in your journey of discovery…take a look, we’d love to join with you in this adventure.  Imagine the possibilities!

Kevin J. Corcoran, Dean