Steampunk Fun Fact of the Dayyyyy

November 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy Sunday all, I don’t know about you, but when i’m relaxing on my Sunday’s I like to let my mind wander. Where did it wander to? Well, today it was steampunk!

What is steampunk you may ask? Let me tell you!

Steampunk is one of my personal favorite examples of interdisciplinary work. Steampunk is the combination of multiple eras to create a genre all its own. It can be described as a genre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.

Modern movie examples would be:
Wild Wild West
Final Fantasy 7
Van Helsing
The Time Machine
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

How does this relate to BALS?
We are an Oakland University Program that allows students to mix and match minors, making our degree program not only more flexible and open, but also interdisciplinary! Just like steampunk combines two opposing genres you have the opportunity to combine two different minors to complete your degree! An example would be Criminal Justice and Information Technology. For more Minor-Minor ideas and degree information visit our website…

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Fun Fact of Zee Day… BALS Style

November 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Alright everyone, are you ready for the fun fact of the day?

Did you know that identification based on fingerprints at a crime scene was was originally implemented into detective and forensic field due to the work of an Argentine Police Official?
Juan Vucetich, began developing and using figure print identification in 1892 that helped create a system that identifies fingerprints. He created files and systems that helped develop the figure print identification system that we use today within the forensics field.

How is this relevant to the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program (BALS) at Oakland University?
Well, one of the more popular minor-minor combinations that we offer helps students set themselves up for success for the field of forensics. The minor- minor combinations that help students gain a Liberal Studies Degree with the background necessary to work within the forensics field include:
Forensics/Crime Scene Analysis (Chemistry + Anthropology, Criminal Justice + Chemistry)

Check out our website for more awesome minor-minor combinations!

Keep an eye out! More Fun Facts to come!!

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BALS fun fact Wednesday

October 29, 2014 Leave a comment

the BALS fun facts are BACK! The fun fact for this Wednesday is….

Did you know that WWJ in Detroit was the first radio station to broadcast news reports on a regular basis?

How does this relate to BALS you may ask?
Well, let me tell you! Through the BALS program at Oakland University we offer a wide rage of classes that students can take. One of the more popular aspects that the BALS program offers is a Minor- Minor combination. This allows students to take classes in more than one area of interest, and earn a degree at the same time. One of those Minor options is Communication, Marketing, and/ or Advertising. Which students are able to take a Broadcasting class for radio or television.

Make an appointment with an adviser today at

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And We’re Back…

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Welcome back Oakland University! The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies department would like to say we are glad you are back and we hope you had a wonderful and safe summer!
SOOOOO what does this mean?! we have a lot of awesome things planed for this year. An awesome meet and greet, new classes, and even a deathly zombie walk.
Keep an eye out guys there is more to come!

September 9

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The Symposium went awesome today! Thanks for everyone who made this possible! Pictures to come and hopefully many more years to come. Congrats to all our BALS?MALS students

LBS 100

LBS 100

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Website Growth

Exciting news for the BALS Department, I am expanding the website today, if I can prevent the surfers from crashing the new Minor-Minor combinations will be up and listed by the end of the week! YAY! So exciting!
The new Minor-Minor combinations are related to Public Relations and Cinema Studies and Journalism….

“Change is not something you fear, it is something you embrace”
-Dani Hine

Let the changes begin!


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