Academic Department Directory
Explore ESU's Academic Departments
Accounting, Information Systems & Finance
Students can major in accounting and information systems. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate students may also minor in accounting.
The Art Department offers a bachelors in fine arts and a bachelor of arts in eight concentrations: ceramics, engraving, glass forming, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. In addition, the department offers a bachelor of science in education. At the master's level, students can study pre-art therapy.
The Biological Sciences Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, teacher education, and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as medical, veterinary, and dental schools.
Undergraduate business administration students can choose a concentration in accounting services, financial services, e-commerce business, entrepreneurship, human resources management, international business, marketing communication and sales management. Graduate students can complete courses online or on-campus.
Students in the Communication Department can earn a bachelor's degree in communication and choose from six concentrations: critical and cultural communication; leadership communication; organizational communication; public relations; relational communication; and communication, emerging technology and society. The department also offers a minor in communication.
Earn an undergraduate degree in rehabilitation & disability studies and three graduate degrees in art therapy counseling, school counseling and clinical counseling. Within the clinical counseling program, three areas of professional concentration are available: addiction counseling, clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling.
Elementary Ed - Early Childhood - Special Ed
One undergraduate program - elementary ed - and three graduate programs are offered: instructional specialist with concentrations in reading specialist PK-12/elementary content/elementary STEM, a master’s in early childhood unified ed, and a master’s in special ed with concentrations available in gifted, talented, and creative or high incidence.
English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
The EMLJ department offers undergraduate programs in English, modern languages, creative writing, English teaching field and journalism education. Minors are available in Spanish, Latin American studies, creative writing, journalism and English. Graduate degrees and a certificate program are offered in English.
Ethnic and Gender Studies
The Ethnic and Gender Studies program offers both a minor and a major and is a part of the the Interdisciplinary Department. The program provides educational experiences that foster in students a deeper understanding of the issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and other social identities in order to promote greater respect for self and others and responsibility toward the common good.
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Undergraduate degrees: athletic training; health and human performance; health education; and sport leadership & recreation. Minors: coaching; health; physical education; and sport leadership & recreation, and a licensure in health education. Graduate programs: master's in athletic training; health physical education & recreation; and licensure in health education.
Instructional Design and Technology
Programs in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) include a master's degree in IDT as well as a graduate certificate in eLearning and online teaching and and a graduate certificate in teaching with technology. This is a fully online program.
Explore everything ESU has to offer and take courses from multiple departments while earning one of our Interdisciplinary degrees. With our flexible degree programs, students can create a unique program of study and choose from hundreds of courses in dozens of subjects offered by nearly every department on campus.
Mathematics and Economics
Bachelor's degree offered in economics, mathematics, mathematics with a concentration in statistics, and a teaching degree in mathematics and a minor in mathematics. Minor offered in economics. A dual-degree in engineering is available. Master's degree in mathematics or informatics, or certificate in mathematics.
Students at the undergraduate level can earn a bachelor's degree in music, music education, music performance and a minor in music. At the graduate level, students can earn a master's degree in music education or music performance.
The Department of Nursing offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The online Master of Science in Nursing at Emporia State University is a unique graduate nursing program focused on elevating nursing careers toward education and management positions.
Undergraduate programs include biochemistry and molecular biology with concentrations in pre-dentistry and pre-pharmacy; chemistry with concentrations in biochemistry and environmental chemistry; Earth science; physics; and dual-degree engineering. Students can also study to teach chemistry, Earth science and science education. Minors offered in chemistry, Earth science, geospatial analysis, physical science, paleontology and physical science. Master's degree programs offered with concentrations in chemistry, physics, Earth science and physical science teaching. Graduate students can also earn a certificate geospatial analysis.
The Department of Psychology provides undergraduate training for those students who plan either to enter the work force upon graduation or do graduate work in psychology. Undergraduate preparation is also offered for students who plan to teach psychology at the secondary level or minor in psychology. Graduate programs are offered in clinical psychology, industrial/organizational psychology and school psychology. The specialist in education degree is also offered as well as an online program for the certificate in the psychology of learning and exceptionality.
School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)
Graduate programs include: master in library science with concentrations in archive studies' informatics; leadership and administration; and youth services; and a doctor of philosophy program with concentrations in informatics; information systems; instructional design and technology. Certificate programs include archive studies; health information professionals; informatics; information, technology and scientific literacy; leadership administration in information organizations; and youth services. Licensure programs include school library media.
School Leadership + Middle & Secondary Teacher Education
A bachelor's degree in secondary education is offered and ESU offers many teaching content areas in departments around campus students can choose from to teach at these levels. Master's level: education administration, licensures, and certifications as well as a master's degree in teaching.
Social Sciences, Sociology, and Criminology
The Department of Social Sciences, Sociology and Criminology offers majors in History, Political Science, Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology and Social Sciences Education, along with minors in Geography and Philosophy. Interdisciplinary minors in Legal Studies (Pre-law), National Security and East Asian Studies are also available.
Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in theatre, or gain certification to become a secondary teacher in the Bachelor of Science in Education program in speech and theatre. Through the Theatre Department's affiliation with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, students are part of a vital and thriving national theatre.