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About the College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to the College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences, the largest and most comprehensive of the colleges at SVSU!

With fourteen academic departments and two graduate programs, the College is dedicated to the idea that a liberal arts and social sciences education is the foundation for a bright future.  Our graduates are creative problem-solvers, effective communicators, and strong leaders who have excelled in a wide range of career fields, from criminal justice and law to theatre and music; from psychology and history to creative writing and graphic design.

In addition to offering majors which lead our graduates to prestigious graduate and professional programs or to meaningful careers in the region, the College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences offers a majority of the General Education courses designed to provide all SVSU students with the broad-based education and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in any field.

Consider these recent success stories:

  • SVSU graduate Ariel Simms, who majored in French and psychology, is now at Harvard Law School;
  • May 2105 graduate and theater major Lexee Longwell has moved to London, England, as an intern with Ovation Limited Theatre Co.;
  • Alumnus Joshua Fleming is now at the University of Michigan’s acclaimed Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy on a full scholarship;
  • Communications majors Melinda Dinninger, Baron McBride and Erik Breidinger have taken top honors at a Michigan forensics tournament and have advanced to the national forensics tournament;
  • The College’s moot court program has been ranked among the nation’s top twenty and earned a number 17 finish for the 2014-15 academic year.

Our faculty, almost all of whom hold the highest degrees in their disciplines, are among the most professionally active at the University and have received awards and honors for their teaching, scholarship and service.  We hope you’ll explore the many opportunities for success offered by the College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences.

Contact Us

(989) 964-4062(989) 964-4062


Marc H. Peretz, D.M.A.

Associate Dean

Carlos Ramet, Ph.D.


Wickes 357


8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.