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


  • Finlandia University Coronavirus Response Update March 17, 2020

    March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update

    Finlandia continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and respond to announcements and information from local, state and federal agencies. The most recent update from the Governor’s Office can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

    Personal Care and Notification

    All higher risk faculty and staff are encouraged to seek potential arrangements to work remotely. This request can be made to your individual supervisor and the Office of Human Resources at (906) 487-7339 or alyson.delandsheer@finlandia.edu. Human Resources has created [...]


  • Finlandia University Coronavirus Response President’s Update March 12, 2020

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    Please see the message from President Philip Johnson below regarding recent updates on Finlandia’s Coronavirus Action Plan.

    Finlandia Community,

    The spread of COVID-19 is a serious concern for all of us. Earlier communication with the campus has provided information for how we, together, can do our part to limit its impact on our campus and in our community. Even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to advise that the probability of serious illness remains low for most people, we need [...]


  • Arts & Sciences to offer B.S. in Biology, Psychology; two new minors beginning Fall 2020

    Arts & Sciences will offer B.S. in Biology, Psychology; two new minors beginning Fall 2020

    Finlandia’s Suomi College of Arts & Sciences is excited to introduce two new bachelor’s degrees and two new minors for fall 2020. The new degrees are a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The new minors students can explore are Military Science and Global Studies. 

    Bachelor of Science Options

    The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) options expand upon FinnU’s current [...]





Faculty and Staff

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 Affairs; Nursing Program ChairFinlandia 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
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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
Jeffrey PettiboneAssistant ProfessorFinlandia Universityjeff.pettibone@finlandia.edu906-487-7328
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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
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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 Borgen
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
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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