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The Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS) provides academic programs that prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

SCAS programs stimulate curiosity, exercise critical thinking, hone communication skills, and promote active citizenship. Faculty within the College are committed to helping students succeed in their chosen disciplines. Students are prepared for graduate programs, 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 English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program, and 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 environmental, personal, and technological aspects of life.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Ecology

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)

  • Web Design I
  • Gender and Communication
  • Environmental Communication

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 Law
  • Victimology
  • Crime and Inequality

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
  • Cultures in Conflict

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)

  • Academic Listening and Speaking
  • Reading II
  • Writing II
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History
History
Primarily, historians analyze artifacts from the past to derive lessons about the present.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • History through Film
  • History of Rock & Roll
  • Energy and World Power

Career Opportunities

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. Learn More
Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that advances the pursuit of broad knowledge and integrative thinking in the academic tradition of the liberal arts.

Career Opportunities

This degree can prepare students for graduate school in the humanities or the pursuit of law school. Learn More
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)

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Sex and Gender
  • Existentialism

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)

  • Social Cognition
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Development

Career Opportunities

Psychologists Learn More
Sociology
Sociology
The Sociology degree program offers a global perspective on how the social world works.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Human Relations and Diversity
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Theory

Career Opportunities

Sociologists, Social Worker Learn More
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