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 email your assigned adviser or to schedule an appointment. You will receive instructions on using Google Meet through your OU 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. We cannot schedule appointments through email.

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.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment in order to process all change 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 or visiting 130 O'Dowd Hall to review this form with an Academic Adviser.

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 Degree Checklist Archive provides degree checklists by year. CAS students should follow the catalog from the year they were admitted.

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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Sample Schedule
Acting BFA4 Year Sample 
Actuarial Science BS4 Year Sample 
Anthropology BA4 Year Sample 
Anthropology BA Law School 3+3 ProgramSample
Applied Statistics BS4 Year Sample 
Art History BA4 Year Sample 
Biochemistry BS4 Year Sample 
Biology BA4 Year Sample 
Biology BS4 Year Sample 
Biology BA or BS STEP5 Year Sample 
Biology BA Law School 3+3 ProgramSample
Biomedical Science BS4 Year Sample 
Chemistry BA4 Year Sample 
Chemistry BS 4 Year Sample 
Chemistry BA or BS STEP5 Year Sample 
Chinese Studies BA4 Year Sample 
Communication BA4 Year Sample 
Communication BA to MA     Sample 
Creative Writing BA (Screenwriting)4 Year Sample 
Creative Writing BA (Poetry)4 Year Sample 
Creative Writing BA (Fiction)4 Year Sample 
Creative Writing BA (Nonfiction)4 Year Sample 
Criminal Justice BA4 Year Sample 
Criminal Justice (Homeland Security) BA4 Year Sample 
Criminal Justice (Info Security & Assurance) BA4 Year Sample 
Criminal Justice BA Law School 3+3 ProgramSample
Dance BA4 Year Sample 
Dance BFA4 Year Sample 
Dance Education & Performance BFA4 Year Sample 
Dance Education BA4 Year Sample 
Economics BA4 Year Sample 
English BA4 Year Sample 
English BA STEP5 Year Sample 
English BA to MA4 Year Sample
Environmental Science BS (Environmental Health)4 Year Sample 
Environmental Science BS (Sustain & Res Mngt)4 Year Sample 
Film BA4 Year Sample
Film Production BA4 Year Sample
French BA4 Year Sample 
French BA K-125 Year Sample 
German BA 4 Year Sample 
German BA K-125 Year Sample 
Graphic Design BA4 Year Sample 
History BA4 Year Sample 
History BA STEP5 Year Sample 
History BA STEP (Social Studies Endorsement)5 Year Sample 
International Relations BA4 Year Sample 
International Relations BA (Foreign Aff & Diplom)4 Year Sample 
International Relations BA (Global Just & Sustain)4 Year Sample 
International Relations BA Law School 3+3 Program4 Year Sample 
Japanese BA 4 Year Sample 
Japanese BA K-125 Year Sample 
Japanese Studies BA4 Year sample 
Journalism BA4 Year Sample 
Latin American Language & Civilization BA4 Year Sample 
Latin American Studies BA4 Year Sample 
Liberal Studies BA4 Year Sample 
Linguistics BA4 Year Sample 
Mathematics BA4 Year Sample 
Mathematics BS4 Year Sample 
Mathematics BA or BS STEP5 Year Sample 
Medical Physics BS4 Year Sample 
Music BA4 Year Sample 
Music Instrumental Performance BM4 Year Sample 
Music Education Instrumental BM5 Year Sample 
Music Education & Instrumental Perform BM5 Year Sample 
Music Piano Pedagogy4 Year Sample 
Piano Performance, BM Specialization in Pedagogy4 Year Sample 
Music Piano Performance BM4 Year Sample 
Music Education Piano BM5 Year Sample 
Music Education & Piano Perform BM5 Year Sample 
Music Vocal Performance BM4 Year Sample 
Music Education Vocal BM5 Year Sample 
Music Education & Vocal Performance BM5 Year Sample 
Music Technology BM4 Year Sample 
Musical Theatre BFA4 Year Sample 
Philosophy BA4 Year Sample 
Physics BA 4 Year Sample 
Physics BS4 Year Sample 
Physics BA or BS STEP 5 Year Sample 
Political Science BA 4 Year Sample 
Political Science BA (Campaigns and Elections)4 Year Sample 
Political Science BA (Courts, Justice & Politics)4 Year Sample 
Political Science BA Law School 3+3 Program4 Year Sample 
Professional and Digital Writing BA4 Year Sample
Psychology BA4 Year Sample 
Psychology Bachelor of Arts to Psychology Master of Science Program, BA to MS
Psychology BA Law School 3+3 Program4 Year Sample 
Public Administration BS 4 Year Sample 
Public Administration to MPA 4 Year Sample 
Public Administration BS Law School 3+3 Program     Sample
Public Relations & Strategic Comm BA4 Year Sample 
Social Work BSW 4 Year Sample 
Sociology BA 4 Year Sample 
Sociology BA Law School 3+3 ProgramSample
Sociology/Anthropology BA 4 Year Sample 
Sociology/Anthropology BA Law School 3+3 ProgramSample
Spanish BA 4 Year Sample 
Spanish BA K-12 5 Year Sample 
Studio Art Drawing BA 4 Year Sample 
Studio Art Drawing K-12 BA5 Year Sample 
Studio Art - Arts Tech/Sculpture BA4 Year Sample 
Studio Art - Arts/Tech K-12 BA5 Year Sample 
Studio Art Painting BA4 Year Sample 
Studio Art Painting K-12 BA5 Year Sample 
Studio Art Photography BA4 Year Sample 
Studio Art Photography K-12 BA5 Year Sample 
Studio Art Art Education K-12 BA5 Year Sample 
Studio Art Graphic Design K-12 BA5 Year Sample 
Theatre BA4 Year Sample 
Theatre Design and Technology BFA4 Year Sample 
Women and Gender Studies BA4 Year Sample 
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