Areas of Study for Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees
12 Areas of Study, Countless Possibilities…
Associate and Bachelor's degrees at Empire State College are organized into 12 areas of study that are designed to provide maximum flexibility within a broad but unifying framework.
Create a degree program that is right for you — innovative or traditional. Either way, you work closely with your faculty mentor to ensure your degree meets your goals and the college's academic requirements.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is also available for registered nurses (RN) who hold an associate degree or nursing diploma.
- The Arts
- studies in fine arts, performing arts, art history and arts management
- Business, Management and Economics
- studies in accounting, business administration, management, economics, human resources and marketing
- Community and Human Services
- studies in human behavior, counseling, health/mental health, criminal justice, administration, management and human service policy history
- Cultural Studies
- studies in communications, creative writing, journalism, language, literature, philosophy and religious studies
- Educational Studies
- studies in history, American education and education policy (teaching certification is available only on the master's level)
- Historical Studies
- studies in social; political; religious; economic; Western civilization; American, Far Eastern and other world and regional histories
- Human Development
- studies in psychology, human behavior, child development and gerontology
- Interdisciplinary Programs
- studies from the other areas listed above, or exploration of themes from different disciplinary perspectives
- Labor Studies
studies in labor unions, labor organizations, labor history and philosophy
- Public Affairs
- studies in public administration, public policy, public communications and other fields related to public affairs such as criminal justice, homeland security, health policy and emergency management
- Science, Mathematics and Technology
- studies in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, information systems, environmental science and health science
- Social Science
- studies in social theory, sociology, social movements, society and culture, anthropology, social problems, poverty, global social and economic issues
Note: The college does not offer undergraduate programs leading to professional licensure or certification.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
Undergraduate certificates provide focused study to support a specific career interest and are applicable to at least one undergraduate area of study. Associate and bachelor's degree program plans may include a certificate.
How to Enroll in a Certificate Program
Current Empire State College Students
Submit certificate requests in consultation with your faculty mentor to the Registrar's Office. BES Undergraduate Certificate Request (PDF 66kB)
Not an Empire State College student yet?
Apply online for the certificate program only. Select the certificate option.
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