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
cas@oakland.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

   

College of Arts and Sciences Advising

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

General Information

THE CAS ADVISING OFFICE HAS MOVED

TO O'DOWD HALL

Main Lobby & Check-In:  Room 130

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.


Services

  • 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 casadv@oakland.edu. 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.

Appointments

Appointments are 30 minutes, one-on-one, with an academic adviser.
Call (248) 370-4567 or visit 130 O'Dowd Hall.

Drop In Advising Schedule for Fall 2018

Open advising for registration is generally available during the first week of the March registration period and the first week when Fall and Winter semester classes begin.
 
Open advising for registration should only be used for specific registration issues that cannot wait for an appointment. Time slots are issued on a first come, first serve basis (doors open at 8:00am for the morning session and 1:00pm for the afternoon session).  Once all of our available time slots have been issued for a particular session, said session will close-so arrive early! You will not be able to reserve an afternoon time slot during the morning session, nor can you call in to reserve a time.
O pen advising sessions are for current students only. Prospective students must schedule a regular advising appointment. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office as we will be happy to assist you.
Forms

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.

Majors
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.

 Major

 Sample Schedule
Acting BFA4 Year Sample Schedule
Actuarial Science BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Anthropology BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Applied Statistics BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Art History BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Biochemistry BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Biology BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Biology BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Biology BA or BS STEP5 Year Sample Schedule
Biomedical Science BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Chemistry BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Chemistry BS 4 Year Sample Schedule
Chemistry BA or BS STEP5 Year Sample Schedule
Chinese Studies BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Cinema Studies BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Cinema Studies (Filmmaking) BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Communication BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Creative Writing BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Criminal Justice BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Criminal Justice (Homeland Security) BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Criminal Justice (Information Security & Assurance) BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Dance BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Dance BFA4 Year Sample Schedule
Dance Education & Performance BFA4 Year Sample Schedule
Dance Education BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Economics BA4 Year Sample Schedule
English BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
English BA STEP5 Year Sample Schedule
Environmental Science BS (Environmental Health)4 Year Sample Schedule
Environmental Science BS (Sustainability & Res Mngt) 4 Year Sample Schedule
French BA4 Year Sample Schedule
French BA K-125 Year Sample Schedule
German BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
German BA K-12 5 Year Sample Schedule
Graphic Design BA4 Year Sample Schedule
History BA4 Year Sample Schedule
History BA STEP5 Year Sample Schedule
History BA STEP (Social Studies Endorsement)5 Year Sample Schedule
International Relations BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Japanese BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Japanese BA K-125 Year Sample Schedule
Japanese Studies BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Journalism BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Latin American Language & Civilization BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Latin American Studies BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Liberal Studies BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Linguistics BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Mathematics BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Mathematics BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Mathematics BA or BS STEP5 Year Sample Schedule
Medical Physics BS4 Year Sample Schedule
Music BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Music Instrumental Performance BM 4 Year Sample Schedule
Music Education Instrumental BM5 Year Sample Schedule
Music Education & Instrumental Performance BM5 Year Sample Schedule
Music Piano Pedagogy4 Year Sample Schedule
Music Piano Pedagogy Performance4 Year Sample Schedule
Music Piano Performance BM 4 Year Sample Schedule
Music Education Piano BM 5 Year Sample Schedule
Music Education & Piano Performance BM5 Year Sample Schedule
Music Vocal Performance BM 4 Year Sample Schedule
Music Education Vocal BM 5 Year Sample Schedule
Music Education & Vocal Performance BM5 Year Sample Schedule
Music Technology4 Year Sample Schedule
Musical Theatre BFA4 Year Sample Schedule
Philosophy BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Physics BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Physics BS 4 Year Sample Schedule
Physics BA or BS STEP 5 Year Sample Schedule
Political Science BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Psychology BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Psychology WSU 3+34 Year Sample Schedule
Public Administration BS  4 Year Sample Schedule
PA to MPA 4 Year Sample Schedule
PS IR PA WSU 3+34 Year Sample Schedule
Public Relations & Strategic Communication BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Social Work BSW  4 Year Sample Schedule
Sociology BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Sociology/Anthropology BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Spanish BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Spanish BA K-12 5 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Drawing BA  4 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Drawing K-12 BA5 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Interactive Art & Technology BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Interactive Art & Technology K-12 BA5 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Painting BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Painting K-12 BA5 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Photography BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Photography K-12 BA5 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Art Education K-12 BA5 Year Sample Schedule
Studio Art Graphic Design K-12 BA5 Year Sample Schedule
Theatre BA4 Year Sample Schedule
Theatre Design and Technology BFA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Women and Gender Studies BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
Writing and Rhetoric BA 4 Year Sample Schedule
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

Catalog Link 

Addiction Studies ConcentrationLink
AdvertisingLink
American Studies Concentration Link 
AnthropologyLink
Applied MathematicsLink
Applied Statistics Link
Archeology 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 
CommunicationLink
Creative WritingLink
Criminal Justice Link 
Dance Link 
Digital Media ProductionLink
Economics Link 
EnglishLink
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 
JournalismLink
Judaic Studies Link 
LGBTQ StudiesLink
Linguistics Link 
LinguisticsLink
MathematicsLink
Middle Eastern StudiesLink
Music (auditioned)Link
Music (no audition) Link 
Philosophy Link 
PhysicsLink
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
ScienceLink
SociologyLink
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 and RhetoricLink
  
  
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