College of Arts & Sciences

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 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.

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Suomi college of arts & sciences News

News and Notes from Finlandia's College of Arts & Sciences


  • Dr. Jeffrey Pettibone Welcomed as New Psychology Professor

    Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Pettibone as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Pettibone is joining FinnU after spending time as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California.

    “I was very impressed when I came to Finlandia,” said Dr. Pettibone. “There is an intentional care that goes into the quality of teaching here. These were some of the first times that I talked to people who had a primary interest in teaching. It was exciting [...]


  • Kurt Hilden (’71) Grateful for Liberal Arts Education; LGBTQ Allies at FinnU

    Kurt Hilden

    Kurt Hilden’s (’71) journey through life has been anything but boring.

    A native of the Copper Country, Hilden graduated from Lake Linden high school in 1969. Despite moving west, a moment of Hilden’s family history is forever captured at the Houghton County Museum in Lake Linden in the form of a painting of his paternal grandfather’s family by the Finnish artist, Toyra. Hilden described the painting at “primitive” but it is registered with the Smithsonian.

    It made sense for Hilden to attend [...]


  • Finnish ties grow stronger with Administrative Assistant Natalia Borgen

    Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Natalia Borgen to the FinnU family. Borgen is serving as the Administrative Assistant for Suomi College of Arts & Sciences (SCAS) and International School of Business (ISB).

    Originally from Helsinki, Finland, Borgen came to Finlandia as an exchange student in 2013. As a student from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences she studied in an international degree program for multilingual administrative assistants. After getting [...]





Faculty and Staff

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Ashok KhanalAssistant Professor of ChemistryFinlandia UniversityAshok.Khanal@finlandia.edu906-487-7352
Carolyn DekkerAssistant Professor, EnglishFinlandia Universitycarolyn.dekker@finlandia.edu906-487-7407
Corbin EddyVisiting Campus Pastor
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Finlandia Universitycorbin.eddy@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7239
Fredi de YampertVice President for Academic AffairsFinlandia Universityfredi.deyampert@finlandia.edu906-487-7301
Hilary-Joy VirtanenAssistant Professor, Finnish & Nordic Studies; Chair, Institutional Review BoardFinlandia Universityhilary.virtanen@finlandia.edu906-487-7514
Judy BuddProfessor, BiologyFinlandia Universityjudith.budd@finlandia.edu906-487-7243
Juan MarinAssociate Professor, MathematicsFinlandia Universityjuan.marin@finlandia.edu906-487-7385
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381
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Jeffrey PettiboneAssistant ProfessorFinlandia Universityjeff.pettibone@finlandia.edu906-487-7382
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Joe SlocumAdjunct Instructor for Arts & SciencesFinlandia Universityjoe.slocum@finlandia.edu
Leslie GriffithAdjunct Instructor for Arts & SciencesFinlandia Universityleslie.griffith@finlandia.edu
Laura SmythAdjunct InstructorFinlandia Universitylaura.smyth@finlandia.edu
Marlene BroemerAdjunct ProfessorFinlandia Universitymarlene.broemer@finlandia.edu487 7517
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Matthew LairdVisiting Instructor, MathematicsFinlandia Universitymatthew.Laird@finlandia.edu906-487-7406
Mark LounibosAssociate Professor, EnglishFinlandia Universitymark.lounibos@finlandia.edu906-487-7336
Michael ReayAssistant Professor of SociologyFinlandia UniversityMichael.Reay@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7351
Natalia BorgenAdministrative Assistant, ISB & SCASFinlandia Universitynatalia.borgen@finlandia.edu906-487-7513
Nathan MillerAdjunct Instructor for Arts & SciencesFinlandia Universitynathan.miller@finlandia.edu
Patricia GrosseAssistant Professor in PhilosophyFinlandia UniversityPatricia.Grosse@finlandia.edu
Rene JohnsonAssistant Professor, Religion and Philosophy and Director, Servant LeadershipFinlandia Universityrene.johnson@finlandia.edu906-487-7558
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Richard GeeAssociate Professor, Criminal JusticeFinlandia Universityrichard.gee@finlandia.edu906-487-7280
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Rebecca SodernaAdjunct Instructor, SCASFinlandia Universityrebecca.soderna@finlandia.edu
Trisha CollingAdjunct Instructor for Arts & SciencesFinlandia Universitytrisha.colling@finlandia.edu
William KnoblauchAssociate Professor, HistoryFinlandia Universitywilliam.knoblauch@finlandia.edu906-487-7318

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