The College of Arts and Sciences serves as a focal point of study at Northern Michigan University. The liberal studies courses taken by students in all majors allow them to form connections between different disciplines, sharpen critical thinking and communication skills, and gain insight into diverse fields. Today's graduates will likely change their careers several times, and their solid liberal education from the College of Arts and Sciences gives them the flexibility to make these transitions.
The major responsibility of the college is overseeing the development of courses and programs provided by the 1 school, 14 departments and 3 centers housed within the college. The College of Arts and Sciences is also directly responsible for the administration of several programs of specialized interest. These are the bachelor and associate degree in liberal studies, the international studies major and the gender studies and Native American studies minors.
The college's courses and programs provide areas of major concentration for students in one or more of the disciplines within the college, studies related to these areas of concentration and most of the liberal studies courses for all NMU students. In addition, the college encourages appropriate activity in research leading to publication and creative endeavors. The College of Arts and Sciences provides advice, assistance and cultural activities to the regional community as well.
The College of Arts and Sciences comprises of the following areas: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Performance Studies, Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Economics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Mathematics and Computer Science, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology, Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, Center for Native American Studies and Center for Upper Peninsula Studies.