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Academic Department Directory

Explore ESU's Academic Departments

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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.

Accounting, Information Systems & Finance
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Art

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.

Art
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Biological Sciences

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.

Biological Sciences
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Business Administration

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 with concentrations in accounting, information systems or marketing.

Business Administration
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Communication

Earn a bachelor's degree in communication with 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.

Communication
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Counselor Education

Counselor Education offers 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.

Counselor Education
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Elementary Education - Early Childhood - Special Education

One undergraduate program - elementary education - and three graduate programs are offered: an instructional specialist degree with concentrations in reading specialist PK-12/elementary content/elementary STEM, a master’s degree in early childhood unified education (Birth to Age 8 or Birth to K), and a master’s degree in special education with concentrations available in gifted, talented, and creative or high incidence.

Elementary Education - Early Childhood - Special Education
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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.

English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
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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.

Ethnic and Gender Studies
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Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Undergraduate degrees are offered in athletic training; health and human performance; health education; physical education teaching); and sport leadership & recreation. Minors are offered in coaching; health; physical education; and sport leadership & recreation, as well as a licensure in health education. Graduate programs include master's degrees in athletic training; health physical education & recreation; and a licensure in health education.

Health, Physical Education & Recreation
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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 a graduate certificate in teaching with technology.

Instructional Design and Technology
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Interdisciplinary Studies

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.

Interdisciplinary Studies
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Mathematics and Economics

Undergraduate students can earn a degree in mathematics, mathematics with a concentration in statistics, and a teaching degree in mathematics. Students can also minor in mathematics. Undergraduate students can also major in economics. A minor is available as well. A dual-degree in engineering is available through this department. On the graduate level, students can earn a master's degree in mathematics or informatics, or earn a certificate in mathematics.

Mathematics and Economics
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Music

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.

Music
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Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The nursing curriculum requires two years for completion once admitted into the major, totaling 120 credit hours.

Nursing
Physical Sciences Department

Physical Sciences

Undergraduate students can study 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. Students can minor in chemistry, Earth science, geospatial analysis, physical science, paleontology and physical science. Graduate students can earn a master's degree with concentrations in chemistry, physics, Earth science and physical science teaching. Graduate students can also earn a certificate geospatial analysis.

Physical Sciences
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Psychology

Psychology offers undergraduate programs for students who intend 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.

Psychology
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School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)

SLIM offers a graduate program: master in library science with concentrations in archive studies' informatics; leadership and administration; and youth services. It also offers 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 of Library and Information Management (SLIM)
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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. At the master's level, education administration, licensures, and certifications as well as a master's degree in teaching are offered. Some of these programs are offered completely online.

School Leadership + Middle & Secondary Teacher Education
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Social Sciences

Social Sciences includes majors in history, political science and social sciences education, along with minors in geography and philosophy. In addition, interdisciplinary minors in legal studies (pre-law) and national security are available.

Social Sciences
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Sociology, Anthropology and Crime & Delinquency Studies

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Crime and Delinquency Studies. Minors in both areas and anthropology are offered. Sociology majors may choose a concentration in child maltreatment and family violence. CDS majors may choose a concentration in correctional services (bachelor of science students only).

Sociology, Anthropology and Crime & Delinquency Studies
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Theatre

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.

Theatre