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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Frequently Asked Questions

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College of Arts and Sciences Advising

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

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 will be conducted via Google Meet or phone, for the rest of the winter semester. If you previously had a scheduled appointment it will now be conducted virtually and you will be contacted by the adviser.  

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

Thank you for your patience and partnership during this time of remote learning.

CAS Advising

The College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office welcomes declared Arts and Science majors, undecided students who wish to investigate a college program, and prospective students considering Oakland University. We are committed to helping students achieve their academic and personal goals.


  • 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
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
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.

Here are Sample Schedules outlining the course requirements for each major. 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.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides yearly analysis of numerous careers, reviewing job availability, salary information, required education, etc.

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
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

Catalog Link 

Addiction Studies ConcentrationLink
African and African-American StudiesLink
American Studies Concentration Link 
Applied MathematicsLink
Applied Statistics Link
Archaeology Concentration Link 
Art History Link 
Biology Link 
Chemistry Link 
Child WelfareLink
Chinese LanguageLink
Chinese Language and Civilization Link 
Chinese Studies Link 
Christianity Studies Link 
Cinema Studies Link 
Creative WritingLink
Criminal Justice Link 
Dance Link 
Digital Media ProductionLink
Economics Link 
Environmental Science Link 
Environmental Studies Concentration Link 
French Language and Literature Link
French LanguageLink
French Studies Concentration Link 
German Language and LiteratureLink
German LanguageLink
German Studies Link 
Gerontology Concentration Link 
Graphic Design Link 
History  Link 
Interactive and Social MediaLink
International Relations Link 
International Studies Link 
Islamic Studies Link
Japanese Language and CivilizationLink
Japanese Language and Literature Link
Japanese LanguageLink
Japanese StudiesLink
Jazz Studies Link 
Judaic Studies Link 
Latin American StudiesLink
LGBTQ StudiesLink
Linguistics Link 
Middle Eastern StudiesLink
Music (auditioned)Link
Music (no audition) Link 
Music TheoryLink
Organizational CommunicationLink
Philosophy Link 
Political Science Link 
Pre-Law Studies  (not a minor or major) Link 
Pre- Med Concentration Link 
Psychology Link 
Public Administration Link 
Public Relations Link 
Relational CommunicationLink
Religious Studies Concentration Link 
Russian and East European StudiesLink
South Asian StudiesLink
Spanish Language and LiteratureLink
Spanish LanguageLink
Studio ArtLink
Teaching English as a Second LanguageLink
Theatre Link 
Urban Agriculture and AgroecologyLink
Urban Studies Concentration Link 
Women and Gender Studies  Link 
World Music Link 
Writing Link
Teaching Minors 
Biology STEP Link 
Chemistry STEP Link 
Economics STEPLink
English as a Second Language STEPLink
English STEPLink
History STEPLink
Mathematics STEP Link 
Modern Languages STEP Link 
Physics STEP Link 
Political Science STEP Link