Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations
With 19 departments and more than 40 degree programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at WSU provides a true liberal arts experience, weaving together the humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and social sciences within a large urban research setting. Our 400+ faculty members, alongside their teaching, create and advance knowledge through their research.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has offered tens of thousands of students broad and deep programs of study, which has provided a foundation for successful lives and meaningful careers.
We support the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by:
- Encouraging alumni to share their stories with the Wayne State CLAS community
- Creating opportunities for alumni to volunteer their time and expertise with students and faculty
- Building a culture of philanthropy to support the College's mission to offer a diverse student body a broad and rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences – regardless of financial need
Biological sciences alum left a lasting impact on campus
Dr. Heather Gietzen, CLAS ’98, earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Wayne State before going on to earn her doctorate of dental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a master of science in orthodontics at U-M. She now has a successful orthodontic practice in Lowell, Michigan, where she is also very involved in her community. Gietzen, whose maiden name is Zablocki, admits that she was reluctant to apply to Wayne State at first.