Four students conducting geography research at Lake Michigan

Students conducting research at Lake Michigan for a geography class.

Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences rank among the finest scholars and researchers at Western Michigan University and among the finest teachers and scholars anywhere in the nation.

To help Western Michigan University achieve its goal to be learner centered and discovery driven, the College of Arts and Sciences involves students in the research and creative activities of the faculty and encourages students to participate in projects of their own.


Professor Goetz publishes new book

Dr. Barry Goetz, professor of sociology, recently published a new book titled, "On the Frontlines of the Welfare State: How the Fire Services and Police Shape Social Problems."

Professor Ohanna offers the first scholarly edition of Los cautivos de Argel

Professor Ohanna makes this important early modern Spanish text available to a broad audience by producing the first scholarly edition of Los cautivos de Argel (1599), by Félix Lope de Vega. This work comprises an in-depth historical and interpretive introduction, over four hundred annotations to various words, passages, historical events and references, a comprehensive bibliography, and an appendix with a paleographical transcription of the original inquisitorial file of Abdela Alicaxet. Read more about his new book.

Dr. Habra placed as a finalist

Professor Hedy Habra placed as a finalist in the International Book Awards for her collection of poems, Under Brushstrokes, published by Press 53.

Robert Vann

Professor Vann studies Catalan and its influence on language and society

In 1995, Spanish linguistics professor Dr. Robert Vann traveled to Barcelona, Spain, and studied language ideologies and language use in the first generation of young people in two and a half centuries to grow up with Catalan as a primary language of elementary, secondary school and university instruction. Dr. Vann is currently in Barcelona conducting follow-up sociolinguistic research with the same people, just as a growing Catalan independence movement is poised to boil over.



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