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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Heart and Soul of ESU. Over 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs within the Arts, Sciences + Humanities

Emporia State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is ESU's largest college and has over 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that will prepare you for your future, or help you advance in your career. You're in the right place if you want to be a scientist, a nurse, a police officer, a writer, a teacher, a lawyer, an artist, a doctor - the sky's the limit! Our programs are so much more than just career preparation, they also provide the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to enrich your life and give you the skills to make the world a better place.





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Undergraduate Programs

Discover undergraduate majors and programs within 11 departments in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Graduate Programs

Discover graduate programs in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Online Programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences offers two degrees that are completely online.

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Glass Blowing


Programs in ceramics, engraving, glass, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Biology Tree Fieldwork Graduate program

Biological Sciences

Programs across all biological sub-disciplines preparing students for careers and professional studies.

Biological Sciences
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Preparing students for leadership, public relations, and a range of communication careers.

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English, Modern Languages + Journalism

Programs in literature, writing and languages. Amazing experiences and opportunities await!

English, Languages + Journalism
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Interdisciplinary Studies

Carve your own path and customize a degree to meet your specific needs.

Interdisciplinary Studies
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Mathematics + Economics

One of the only programs in the US to combine these disciplines.

Mathematics + Economics
Presidents Concert


Conservatory training at a public institution. Vocal, instrumental, marching band, ensembles, orchestra and more!

Nursing students studying


ESU nursing program is second-to-none. Grads are in-demand by hospitals and students have stellar NCLEX passage rates.

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Physical Sciences

Programs in Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Physical Sciences Education prepare students for careers and professional studies.

Physical Sciences
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Department of Social Sciences, Sociology and Criminology

Programs in geography, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, criminology, anthropology and the Social Sciences Secondary Education Program.

Social Sciences, Sociology, and Criminology
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Established in 1913, students ESU students are part of one of the oldest theatre programs in the country. Students can earn a BA or BFA in theatre or a certificate to teach theatre.

Forensic Science Crime Lab

Forensic Science

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Emporia State University was developed with the input of crime lab directors across the Midwest to ensure that it was preparing students for the workforce.

Forensic Science

Featured Programs

Learn more about some of our featured programs.

Ecology and Biodiversity

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

This program is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in ecology and organismal biology. As a biology major at ESU, you will be exposed to the principles which underlie this science of living things. You also may engage in study leading to a more detailed understanding of the area in which you are most interested, for each of the areas is tailored to meet specific interests and needs.

Communication, Emerging Technology and Society

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

Students focus on the now, the emerging and the upcoming so that they can be prepared for what’s next. This concentration will take a deep dive into topics in communication and technology, including ethics, user experience, innovation and collaboration.

Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies


Through the coursework for the Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies major, students will study multiple identities and come to understand how those identities intersect and influence one another.

Admissions + Scholarships

Discover the admissions process for Liberal Arts & Sciences and scholarships available to our students.

Undergraduate admission application

If you’re ready to join Hornet Nation as an undergraduate, head to the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Graduate admission application

If you’re ready to advance your degree as a graduate student, head to the Graduate Admissions page.

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Attractions + Centers

Learn about our attractions and centers, which include the Peterson Planetarium, the Science and Math Education Center and museums.

Attractions + Centers
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