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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, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Sociology, and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Biology and Psychology. The college hosts two associate degrees: an Associates in General Studies (A.G.S.) and an Associates 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


  • Student Spotlight: Austin Keranen, Biology

    For FinnU biology student Austin Keranen, his first declared major didn’t feel like the right fit. He wanted to choose a degree that fell in line with his personal interests and made him feel enthused to learn. Since Keranen was a dual enroll student at Finlandia from Hancock Central High School, he was able to draw from that experience when declaring his biology major.

    “I completed BIO 171 as a dual enrolled student. I really enjoyed the content [...]


  • No.1 U.K. Podcast Features Dr. Hilary Virtanen on the Meaning of Sisu

    meaning of sisu with Dr. Hilary Virtanen- background of text is of Lake Superior after sunset

    Most Finlandia students, faculty, and staff have heard the term sisu thrown around in conversations or even marketing materials on campus. The word is nothing new to FinnU, but in the United Kingdom, that may be otherwise. On April 14, FinnU professor of Finnish and Nordic studies, Dr. Hilary Virtanen, was featured in the No. 1 documentary podcast in the United Kingdom titled “Getting Emotional” about the meaning of sisu.

    “If you talk about it [sisu] more thoroughly, it’s [...]


  • Finlandia signs articulation agreement with Concordia Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

    A new agreement between Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy and Finlandia University gives students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a CUW PharmD degree, and save a year of studies in the process.

    Finlandia University is excited to announce the signing of a 3+4 dual degree agreement with the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), located in Mequon, Wisc. In the program, students will spend three years in a Bachelor of Science in Biology program at Finlandia fulfilling [...]





Faculty and Staff

Carolyn DekkerAssistant Professor, EnglishFinlandia Universitycarolyn.dekker@finlandia.edu906-487-7407
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Corbin EddyAdjunct Professor of PhilosophyFinlandia Universitycorbin.eddy@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7227
Fredi de YampertVice President for Academic Affairs; Dean, College of Health SciencesFinlandia 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
Jeffrey PettiboneAssistant ProfessorFinlandia Universityjeff.pettibone@finlandia.edu906-487-7328
Leslie GriffithAdjunct Instructor for Arts & SciencesFinlandia Universityleslie.griffith@finlandia.edu
Laura SmythAdjunct InstructorFinlandia Universitylaura.smyth@finlandia.edu
Mark LounibosAssociate Professor, EnglishFinlandia Universitymark.lounibos@finlandia.edu906-487-7336
Michael ReayAssistant Professor of SociologyFinlandia UniversityMichael.Reay@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7351
Nathan MillerAdjunct Instructor for Arts & SciencesFinlandia Universitynathan.miller@finlandia.edu
Richard Gee
Richard GeeAssociate Professor, Criminal JusticeFinlandia Universityrichard.gee@finlandia.edu906-487-7280
William KnoblauchAssociate Professor, HistoryFinlandia Universitywilliam.knoblauch@finlandia.edu906-487-7318

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