College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University
Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Type Public
Dean Robert L. Thomas
Students 13,700+
Location Detroit, MI, USA
Website WSU CLAS Website

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)[1] of Wayne State University was formed in 2004 with the merger of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. CLAS has a number of distinctions as the result of the merger, including being the provider of:

  • The majority of the total undergraduate credit hours in the university
  • The core learning experience throughout the university
  • The requisite math and science for pre-professional undergraduates
  • Strong graduate education at Master’s and PhD levels
  • Nearly half of the PhD degrees awarded in the university
  • Approximately $20 million per year in external grants and contracts
  • Several nationally-ranked departments (National Science Foundation and/or National Research Council rankings)

The 2009 fall enrollment in the CLAS is 13,746 students. Total enrollment includes 9,049 full-time and 4,697 part-time students.[2]

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers majors, minors and co-majors in 20 departments. It provides nearly 40 challenging undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs, with caring teachers using outstanding technologies and facilities.[3][4]



  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition & Food Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies & Planning

Undergraduate Programs

  • Africana Studies (BA)
  • American Studies (BA)
  • Anthropology (BA)
  • Asian Studies (BA in Chinese and Japanese)
  • Biological Sciences (BA, BS)
  • Chemistry (BA, BS)
  • Chicano-Boricua Studies (Co-Major Program)
  • Classics (BA in Classics, Greek and Latin)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (BA)
  • Computer Science (BA, BS and Post-Bachelor Certificate)
  • Criminal Justice (BS)
  • Dietetics (BS and Post-Bachelor Certificate)
  • Economics (BA)
  • English (BA)
  • Film Studies (BA)
  • Geography (BA)
  • Geology (BA, BS)
  • German (BA)
  • German and Mechanical Engineering (Joint BA/BS Program)
  • History (BA)
  • Information Systems Technology (BA)
  • Jewish Studies (Minor)
  • Labor Studies (BA)
  • Linguistics (BA)
  • Mathematics (BA, BS)
  • Near Eastern Languages (BA in Arabic and Hebrew)
  • Near Eastern Studies (BA)
  • Nutrition and Food Science (BA, BS)
  • Peace and Conflict Studies (Co-Major Program)
  • Philosophy (BA)
  • Physics (BA, BS)
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Psychology (BA, BS)
  • Public Affairs (BPA)
  • Slavic Studies (BA)
  • Romance Languages (BA in French, Italian and Spanish)
  • Sociology (BA)
  • Urban Studies (BA)
  • Women's Studies (Co-Major Program)

Graduate Programs

  • American Studies (GC)
  • Anthropology (MA, PhD)
  • Audiology (MS, AudD)
  • Biological Sciences (MA, MS and PhD)
  • Chemistry (MA, PhD)
  • Classics (MA in Ancient Studies, Greek & Latin and Latin)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD)
  • Comparative Literature (MA)
  • Computer Science (MA, MS, PhD, and Post Bachelor Certificate)
  • Criminal Justice (MS)
  • Economic Development (Graduate Certificate Program)
  • Economics (MA,PhD)
  • Economics (Joint JD/MA)
  • English (MA, PhD)
  • Geology (MS)
  • German (MA)
  • History (MA, PhD)
  • History (Joint JD/MA)
  • History/Library and Information Science (Joint MA/MS)
  • Human Development (MA)
  • Industrial Relations (MAIR)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS)
  • Language Learning (MA Programs in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish)
  • Linguistics (MA)
  • Mathematics (MA, PhD)
  • Mathematics; Applied (MA)
  • Modern Languages (PhD programs in French, German and Spanish)
  • Molecular Biotechnology (MS)
  • Multidisciplinary Science (MA)
  • Near Eastern Languages (MA in Arabic and Hebrew)
  • Nutrition and Food Science (MA, MS and PhD)
  • Philosophy (MA, PhD)
  • Physics (MA., MS and PhD)
  • Political Science (MA, PhD)
  • Political Science (Joint JD/MA)
  • Psychology (MA, PhD)
  • Psychology; Industrial/Organizational (MA)
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Romance Languages (MA programs in French, Italian and Spanish)
  • Sociology (MA, PhD)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (MA)
  • Urban Planning (MUP)
  • World History (BCG)


  1. ^ The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University (Official Website) [1]
  2. ^ The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University
  3. ^ Wayne State University Academic Programs
  4. ^ CLAS Departments

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