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The Suomi College of Arts & Sciences degree programs provide knowledge in areas such as English, the natural sciences, history, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.

All SCAS degree programs stimulate curiosity, exercise critical thinking, and develop communication skills. The programs promote academic development in a variety of fields and prepare students for graduate programs such as law school, and for careers that demand critical thinking and excellent written and oral communication skills.

SCAS offers bachelor of arts (B.A.) degrees in Biology, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences, and Sociology. The college hosts two associate degree programs: an associate degree in General Studies (AGS), including an English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program, and an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice.

Art Therapy
Art Therapy
The Finlandia University Art Therapy program is for students who want to help others and who also love to create art.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Color and Composition
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Practices in Ceramic Design

Career Opportunities

Art Therapist Learn More
Biology
Biology
Students will pursue an interdisciplinary natural science curriculum, including cell biology, genetics, biodiversity, and ecology.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Evolution

Career Opportunities

Biologist, Microbiologist, Zoologist Learn More
Communication
Communication
The Communication program gives students an informed understanding of how people create meaning.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • News Editing
  • Design Thinking
  • E-Marketing

Career Opportunities

Editor, Public Relations Specialist, Writer Learn More
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Finlandia’s Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary program of study with courses in the social sciences.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Criminal Investigations I
  • Victimology
  • Comparative Corrections

Career Opportunities

Probation Officer, Detective, Correctional Treatment Specialists Learn More
English
English
The English major explores literature from many cultures, practices creative writing, and explores a variety of genres and forms.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Creative Writing
  • Monstrous Literature
  • Film as Art
  • Literature and Politics

Career Opportunities

English Teacher, Editor, Writer, Advertising, Politics, Law Learn More
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language
Finlandia’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate program is for students whose first language is not English.

What you will learn

The goal of Finlandia’s ESL program is to teach English for academic success so students can successfully pursue a bachelor’s degree at Finlandia or another North American university. With approval of the international student advisor, the ESL program of study may be adjusted to meet individual language needs. Coursework in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar is integrated with computer work, one-on-one tutoring, conversation partners, and cultural experiences. Students will also receive help studying for the TOEFL exam.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • College English
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
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History
History
Primarily, historians analyze artifacts from the past to derive lessons about the present.

What you will learn

Students majoring in History develop important, in demand skills, including: the ability to perform research; data organization, synthesis,
and analysis; effective verbal and written communication skills.

In addition to academic and teaching careers, History graduates enter career fields in government, the military, foreign relations, or perhaps pursue careers as museum curators, librarians, private sector researchers, or use history as training to study law.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • World History I
  • America in the World
  • Historiography & Research Methods

Career Opportunities

History Teacher, Historian, Government, Law, Policymaker, & Museum Curator. Learn More
Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies B.A. program is designed for students who have many interests and want maximum flexibility in course selection.

What you will learn

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that is built on the liberal arts general education program. Students are encouraged to propose creative, interdisciplinary areas of study or traditional liberal studies fields, with emphasis on special topics courses and independent work to unify the theme. Students should work with their advisors to develop student-proposed concentrations within their disciplines of interest.

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Philosophy
Philosophy
Students majoring in philosophy develop critical thinking skills that are essential in all aspects of personal, political, and professional lives.

What you will learn

Along with receiving a good grounding in the history of philosophy, philosophy majors will be provided with an understanding of contemporary philosophical and ethical issues. In addition to academic and teaching careers, philosophy graduates equipped with the impressively transferable work skill of critical thinking enter careers in the fields of government, politics, law, business, journalism, computer science, health care, communication, and public relations.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Ethics
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Self

Career Opportunities

Philosopher, Teacher, Lawyer, Politician, Businessperson, Editor, Professor Learn More
Psychology
Psychology
Psychology majors study the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals.

What you will learn

Students majoring in psychology develop the skills to study human behavior and the human mind. The psychology major allows student
to develop a focus of interest in order to prepare them for a variety of different career paths including social and human services, careers in
community mental health, governmental agencies and other fields requiring strong interpersonal skills.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Self
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social Development

Career Opportunities

Psychologists Learn More
Social Sciences
Social Sciences
The Social Sciences major acquires an interdisciplinary understanding of human society, including awareness of human experience, societies, and cultures.

What you will learn

A Social Sciences degree lays the foundation necessary for students to understand and evaluate critical issues facing contemporary society and prepares them for critical membership in this society. The courses in the major give students the knowledge to approach these critical issues from a diversity of perspectives. Within the Social Sciences Major, students will choose to either concentrate on a single discipline within the area or to concentrate on two areas to provide a more interdisciplinary degree.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • History

Career Opportunities

Agriculturalist, Historian, Environmentalist Learn More
Sociology
Sociology
The Sociology degree program offers a global perspective on how the social world works.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Social Stratification
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Social Theory

Career Opportunities

Sociologists, Social Worker Learn More
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