Points of Pride

Western Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences points of pride begin with our people—students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters. Discover a few of many unique and impressive distinctions that make our college successful.

Our students

Our faculty

  • World-renowned economist Dr. Susan Pozo, professor of economics and director of global and international studies, named a WMU distinguished scholar
  • The late Michael Braun was awarded the 2018 Barbara Ort-Smith Award from the Michigan World Languages Association.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Angles, professor of world languages and literatures, is one of only a handful of non-native speakers ever to win Japan's Yomiuri Prize for Literature.
  • Alum featured in CBS show: Dr. Jim Olson (B.S. ’84, Biomedical Sciences) “lights up” brain tumors so neurosurgeons can see cancer.
  • College of Arts and Sciences faculty regularly receive some of the most prestigious awards in American higher education, including a McArthur Grant, Guggenheim Fellowships, a Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, the Alexander Gode Medal, NSF Achievement Grants, Fulbright Fellowships, NEA Fellowships, and appointments to national academies.

Community outreach

  • WMU's extensive efforts to offer autism services and train professionals in the field attracted a $4 million award approved by the Michigan Legislature in 2014, and some of that funding supported the renovation of the center's new home.