Western Michigan University (WMU)

Kalamazoo, MI

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied and Professional Ethics
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Creative Writing
English Composition
English Language and Literature
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Interior Design
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ)
Latin Language and Literature
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance
Music Theory and Composition
Musical Theatre
Other Dance
Other Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
Other Film/Video and Photographic Arts
Other History
Other Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Public/ Applied History and Archival Administration
Religion/Religious Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Voice and Opera


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Business/Managerial Economics
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Development
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
Logistics and Materials Management
Marketing/Marketing Management
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Other Business/Managerial Operations
Other Human Resources Management and Services
Other Marketing
Telecommunications Management
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic Design
Organizational Communication
Other Communication and Media Studies
Other Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication


Major Bachelors Masters
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science Teacher Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments, Including Blindness
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Special Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technical Teacher Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research
Other Engineering
Paper Science and Engineering
Structural Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Apparel and Textiles
Child Development
Family Systems
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Sports Studies

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Holistic Health
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Music Therapy/Therapist
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Other Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services
Other Health and Medical Administrative Services
Physician Assistant
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
International/Global Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Exercise Physiology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics
Computational and Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Skilled Trades

Major Bachelors Masters
Avionics, Aviation Maintenance Technology / Technician

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
American Government and Politics (United States)
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Economics
Counseling Psychology
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Other Political Science and Government
Political Science and Government
Social Psychology
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician
Other Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences

Transportation Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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WMU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Reviews

50% of students gave Western Michigan University 4 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

The professors at Western have, for the most part, been great and really know what will help the students in their future. Class sizes aren't outrageously big, so professors get to know students on a personal level and notice if you're missing from class. Class loads aren't too heavy. You will have work you need to do outside of the classroom and be prepared for group projects to all be due at the same time at the end of the semester. If you can, get ahead in the beginning so you have more time to focus on projects and exams at the end of the semester.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Academics Rating

Varying class sizes. Lecture halls with 200+ and smaller classes with only 10. There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.

WMU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.90
Retention Rate 73%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students is held in June through July.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry

Class Sizes at Western Michigan University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 36%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 7%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 53%
  • 100+ Students: 4%
Fewer than 20 Students 36%
50 - 100 Students 7%
20 - 49 Students 53%
100+ Students 4%

Faculty at Western Michigan University

Total Faculty 1,441
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 917
Male Faculty 802
Part-Time Professors 524
Women Faculty 639

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