College of Arts and Sciences Advising

O'Dowd Hall, Room 130
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(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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The College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office welcomes undergraduate students with declared Arts and Science majors, undecided students who wish to investigate undergraduate college programs, and prospective students considering Oakland University for a Bachelor’s degree. We are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals.


  • Undergraduate navigation and support
  • Information on your undergraduate program(s), class scheduling, registration, etc.
  • Declaring an undergraduate major or minor/concentration
  • Referrals to campus resources
  • Graduation audits
  • Career planning

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 will give you the name and email of your assigned adviser.  You are always welcome to use our general advising office email at as needed.

In the College you also have a faculty adviser specific to your CAS major(s) and/or minor(s).  You can find those names here.


Advising appointments are offered virtually via Google Meet, ZOOM or phone.  In person appointments are available for vaccinated students.

Please call (248) 370-4567 to schedule an appointment. You will receive instructions on virtual appointments through your Oakland University email. If you prefer a virtual or phone appointment, please let us know when scheduling. All in person appointments will require masks and the completion of the Daily Health Screening per OU guidelines.

Drop-In Advising 

CAS offers drop-in advising several times per year.

  • During Open Registration each March
  • The first week of classes for Fall and Winter semesters

Drop-in advising is first come, first serve. Sign-up begins approximately 30 minutes before the starting time, so make sure you call or come early! You will be given a 15 minute time slot with an adviser. Drop-ins are both in-person (for vaccinated students) or virtual. Students should call our office for a virtual drop-in time slot or complete the health screening form and come to our office to receive an in-person time slot.


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.

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

2021-2022 Catalog

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Acting, BFA
Actuarial Science, BS
Anthropology, BA
Anthropology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Applied Statistics, BS
Applied Statistics, BS to MS
Art History, BA
Biochemistry, BS
Biology, BA
Biology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Biology, BA or BS STEP
Biology, BS (SAT Math below 480)
Biology, BS (SAT Math over 540)
Biomedical Science, BS
Chemistry, BA
Chemistry, BA or BS STEP
Chemistry, BS
Chinese Studies, BA
Communication, BA
Communication, BA to MA
Creative Writing BA, (Fiction)
Creative Writing BA (Memoir and Essay)
Creative Writing, BA (Poetry)
Creative Writing, BA (Screenwriting)
Criminal Justice Homeland Security, BA
Criminal Justice Homeland Security, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Criminal Justice Information Security & Assurance, BA
Criminal Justice Information Security & Assurance, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Criminal Justice, BA
Criminal Justice, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Dance, BA
Dance, BFA
Economics, BA
English, BA
English, BA STEP
English, BA, Concentration in Linguistics
English, BA to MA
Environmental Science, BS (Environmental Health)
Environmental Science, BS (Sustainability & Resource Management)
Film, BA
Film Production, BA
French, BA
French, BA K-12
German, BA
German, BA K-12
Graphic Design, BA
History, BA
History, BA STEP
History, BA STEP (Social Studies Endorsement)
International Relations, BA
International Relations, BA (Foreign Affairs & Diplomacy)
International Relations, BA (Global Justice & Sustainability)
International Relations, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Japanese Studies, BA
Japanese, BA
Japanese, BA K-12
Journalism, BA
Latin American Language & Civilization, BA
Latin American Studies, BA
Liberal Studies, BA
Linguistics, BA
Mathematics, BA
Mathematics, BA or BS STEP
Mathematics, BS
Medical Physics, BS
Music Education & Instrumental Perform, BM
Music Education & Piano Perform, BM
Music Education & Vocal Performance, BM
Music Education Instrumental, BM
Music Education Piano, BM
Music Education Vocal, BM
Music Instrumental Performance, BM
Music Piano Pedagogy
Music Piano Performance, BM
Music Technology, BM
Music Vocal Performance, BM
Music, BA
Musical Theatre, BFA
Philosophy, BA
Physics, BA
Physics, BA or BS STEP
Physics, BS
Piano Performance, BM Specialization in Pedagogy
Political Science, BA
Political Science, BA (Campaigns and Elections)
Political Science, BA (Courts, Justice & Politics)
Political Science, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Professional and Digital Writing, BA
Psychology, BA
Psychology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Psychology, Bachelor of Arts to Psychology Master of Science Program, BA to MS
Public Administration, BS
Public Administration, BS (Law School 3+3 Program)
Public Administration, BS to MPA
Public Relations & Strategic Communication, BA
Social Work, BSW
Sociology, BA
Sociology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Sociology/Anthropology, BA
Sociology/Anthropology, BA (Law School 3+3 Program)
Spanish BA, K-12
Spanish, BA
Studio Art - Arts Tech/Sculpture, BA
Studio Art - Drawing, BA
Studio Art - Painting, BA
Studio Art - Photography, BA
Studio Art BA, K-12 - (Drawing, Arts Tech/Sculpture, Painting, Photography)
Studio Art BA, K-12 - Graphic Design
Theatre Design and Technology, BFA
Theatre, BA
Women and Gender Studies, 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