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Explore Eastern’s Majors and Minors

Eastern has one of New England’s most active honors programs, according to Peterson’s Guide.

Eastern has 41 majors, 59 minors, and upwards of 60 concentrations for you to choose from.  You can major in one field (Biology) and take a minor in a different discipline (Art History). Some majors offer concentrations — groups of courses that provide specialized instruction in a focused career area or academic subject. For instance, Business Administration majors have seven concentrations to choose from ranging from Marketing to international Business.  Search below for the major, minor or concentration of your choice, or use the site-wide search.

  • Program

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  • Major
    Minor

    Accounting professionals work with organizations large and small across a variety of sectors and industries.  There is a strong demand for general accountants, as well as financial and business analysts and specialized accountants in such areas as payroll, billing and other support functions.  Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

    Other Information

    Eastern’s Bachelor of Science degree in accounting provides introductory and advanced courses in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation and accounting information technology and business solutions. As one of the top accounting programs in Connecticut, Eastern has one of the top CPA Exam pass rates in the state. In addition the Accounting Major and Accounting Minor, graduates can also earn their master’s degree in accounting with only one additional year of study at Eastern.

  • Concentration
    The Acting concentration in the Theatre Major provides students with opportunities to cultivate their performance skills through courses in Improvisation and physical theatre, stage voice, stage combat and on-camera acting.
  • Concentration

    The Actuarial Science concentration in the Mathematics Major provides the education and experience needed to pursue a career as an actuary for students interested in assessing risk through mathematical and statistical methods. "Actuary" is rated one the top 10 jobs in the country.

  • Concentration

    The Advertising concentration within the Communications major prepares students for a variety of careers in advertising. Students in the concentration will demonstrate a professional level competency in understanding the dynamics of the processes of advertising, including planning and execution, creative strategy development and media effects.

  • Concentration

    Students in the allied health concentration in the Health Sciences major take courses in microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and chemistry in preparation for a graduate school in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, and physician assistant. They are also prepared to enter a variety of health- and science-related careers.

  • Concentration

    The American Studies concentration in the History major allows students to pursue interests in American society and culture. They can choose from a variety of courses in U.S. history and literature, art, political science, sociology and other disciplines that study the United States in its broadest aspects.

  • Minor

    In the Anthropology minor, students learn about culture, prehistory, evolution and linguistics. Anthropology is an excellent background for careers in policy, development, teaching or other professions.

  • Concentration

    The Applied Media Production concentration within the Communication major provides students with a theoretical foundation and practical experiences in preparation for careers in a variety of media production fields. Students will demonstrate professional level technical competencies in audio production and video production for industrial, commercial and non-commercial media distribution platforms. Coursework includes practical, applied instruction for traditional and developing media formats (radio, television, cable, satellite, mobile and internet).

  • Major

    Art majors develop creativity, self-discipline and a strong work ethic while learning how art and design are woven into the fabric of past and current cultures. Students develop a range of abilities that can be applied to any career path — craft, point of view, critical and creative thinking, and professional development. Both studio and art history courses emphasize connections between research and art making and the job market and graduate school.

    Other Information

    The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art offers four concentrations of study: Art History; Digital Art & Design; Illustration; and Studio Art. Students may also choose the related bachelor’s degree in New Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Media Design. Art majors enjoy state-of-the-art digital and traditional studios in the beautiful Fine Arts Instructional Center. Students display their artwork in the Art Gallery and elsewhere on campus. Both studio and art history courses emphasize connections between research and art making and the job market and graduate school.

  • Minor
    Concentration
    Students taking the Art History concentration in the Art major learn about art from a variety of mediums, cultures and periods, including Asian art and culture, graphic design history, and ancient Mesoamerica. Students in other majors may also minor in Art History.
  • Minor

    Students in the Asian Studies minor are exposed to the history and current affairs of Asian societies, and are encouraged to travel and study in Asia. The minor has particular strengths in China, Japan, Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Korea and India.

  • Minor

    The Astronomy Outreach and Public Presentation minor gives students the skills necessary to present astronomy in a K-12 or public setting. Students learn the science of astronomy and the fundamental technical skills of planetarium operations.

  • Concentration

    Careers ranging from working with children with autism to serving as a behavior therapist are available to students who pursue a concentration in Behavior Analysis within the Psychology major. The concentration is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

  • Major
    Minor

    Biochemists work in the biomedical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, agricultural research and chemical industries, as well as at university-affiliated research laboratories, hospital laboratories, and government research facilities.  They support our understanding of health and disease; contribute innovative information to the technology revolution; and work with chemists, physicists, healthcare professionals, policy makers, engineers and other professionals.

    Other Information

    Biochemistry majors at Eastern develop a broad range of basic scientific knowledge, outstanding laboratory skills, superior quantitative analysis skills, and the ability to express scientific information in verbal and written forms.  Faculty from the Physical Sciences and Biology departments teach this interdisciplinary major, including core requirements and electives. A variety of internship and undergraduate research opportunities provide hands-on learning opportunities and inform classroom learning. A minor in Biochemistry is also available to students in other majors.

  • Minor

    Students in the Bioinformatics minor use computers to analyze genomic information, which is revolutionizing our understanding of health and disease. Students will learn core concepts in computer programming, genomics and data analysis, and will apply bioinformatics programming and analytic skills to solve biological problems.

  • Major
    Minor

    Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms. They have a curiosity about the natural world and use their knowledge and modern technologies to improve peoples’ lives and global ecosystems. Biologists work in the health and medical sectors to address health issues ranging from emerging diseases to antibiotic resistance, to ensuring adequate water and food supplies. Others pursue careers focusing on the impact of environmental biodiversity and climate change.

    Other Information

    Biology students at Eastern gain extensive practical experience and spend more time in the laboratory and field projects than in lecture. Students receive the full attention of their professors, all of whom have Ph.D. degrees from top universities; professors teach both lectures and laboratories. Working in small classes with state-of-art scientific equipment ranging from a DNA sequencer to a confocal microscope, students acquire hands-on experiences in the laboratory and in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Just one example of the major's flexibility is its pre-med focus.  In addition to the Biology major, a Biology minor is offered to other majors.

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    Minor

    Studying Business Administration exposes you to the core areas of business, develops your communication skills, and enhances your ability to ethically solve complex problems. Whether you are working for a private, public or nonprofit organization, or starting your own business, understanding how to manage projects, money, and organizations, how to work in systems and teams, and how to motivate employees, customers and volunteers are skills critical to your success.

    Other Information

    Recognized by Colleges of Distinction, the Business Administration major helps students develop business skills, learn to manage ethical issues, analyze strategic options, and apply their learning to real organizational settings in today’s dynamic global business environment. Concentrations are available in Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, International Business and Operations Management. Eastern also offers a minor in Business Administration to other majors.

  • Concentration

    For students pursuing jobs in finance, marketing, or general business administration, the Business Economics concentration within the Economics major combines coursework from economics and business/accounting and prepares students for immediate career opportunities in business.

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    Minor

    Business Information Systems (BIS) professionals use information technology to meet the managerial, informational and technology needs of business organizations. BIS students develop technology skills, business knowledge and competency in leadership, analytical thinking, business intelligence, data mining, project management and teamwork.  Over the next decade, the number of BIS jobs will grow by 12 percent, faster than the overall job market.

    Other Information

    Students in Eastern's Business Information Systems (BIS) Major develop technology skills, business knowledge and competency in leadership, analytical thinking, business intelligence, data mining, project management and teamwork as they gain a competitive edge in the job market. In addition to classroom theory, BIS students complete practical team projects, take service learning courses, work with advanced computer applications, design information systems and applications, and participate in related internships and co-ops. Other majors may also choose to take the BIS minor.

  • Minor

    The Chemistry minor gives students a concentrated program of study through courses in organic chemistry, physical biochemistry, chemical instrumentation and chemical analysis.

  • Minor

    The Coaching minor is attractive to those interested in working with young people in interscholastic sports programs and community volunteer sports programs. Courses introduce students to the philosophical, scientific and developmental aspects of conducting sports programs.

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    Minor

    From uncovering the hidden meaning in a handshake to reporting the news, to analyzing the latest social media trends, the study of communication is fundamental to understanding the world around us.  Communication professionals shape the stories we tell. They influence the way people share, receive and process information — an invaluable role that will always be in demand in our modern global society. Employment opportunities abound in business, education, politics, the arts and in media-focused occupations.

    Other Information

    Eastern’s Department of Communication fosters creativity and cooperative learning. Faculty use applied professional examples to teach in friendly interactive class environments. The recently renovated Communication Building offers state-of-the-art classrooms and equipment that provide students with hands-on experiences they need to land a job after graduation. A major and a minor are offered. Concentrations include Advertising, Media Writing & Journalism, Public Relations, Media Production and Leadership Communication.

  • Concentration

    Some students may find that none of the other concentrations in the Communication Major meet their interests. These students may elect to take courses across all electives to fulfill their concentration requirement. Students with a Communication Generalist concentration may select any five courses from available electives to fulfill their concentration requirements. Students can select the required 15 credits from among the available 100- to 400-level courses.

  • Minor

    Students in the Computer Engineering Sciences minor gain a background in mathematics and engineering to prepare for graduate engineering schools and to pursue careers in engineering.

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    Minor

    Computer Science is an exciting and ever-changing field. Computer scientists solve complex, challenging and worldwide problems, as well as real-life problems ranging from medical to climate change issues—using creativity and innovation. Computer Science graduates are in high demand in a range of industrial and corporate settings and have excellent job prospects.

    Other Information

    Students in Eastern’s Computer Science major develop essential skills needed in the competitive job market and are ready to adapt to and succeed in a fast-changing global landscape. Graduates apply their acquired knowledge and computational skills to solve real-world problems in a variety of occupations. Critical thinking and adaptive learning are fostered inside and outside the classroom by faculty who are committed to high quality teaching and their own professional development. New courses include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mobile Computing; state-of-the-art equipment includes a 3-D printing lab. The Computer Science minor is also available to other majors.

  • Minor

    The interdisciplinary minor in Costume and Fashion Design helps students develop skills and abilities in costume and fashion design. Using hands-on and computer-aided design & illustration techniques, students accessories and learn the basics of textile design & production.

  • Concentration

    The Creative Writing concentration in the English major allows students to explore imaginative writing – from fiction to poetry to children’s literature. Courses cover the topics of forms and genres as well as literature, and include creative writing workshops, professional experiences and study abroad opportunities.

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    Minor

    Criminology focuses on all aspects of crime, including the causes of crime as well as its consequences. It also seeks to measure the effectiveness of society's responses to crime and propose ways to prevent and address criminal behavior. Criminologists help develop policies and procedures for communities and police departments, leading to improvements across the criminal justice system.

    Other Information

    The Criminology major examines the nature of criminal law, the causes of criminal behavior, and societal responses to crime and offenders. The program approaches the study of crime and crime problems primarily from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on social inequality and diversity. Students who earn the degree enter the field with greater understanding of social and cultural differences, and how these impact experiences and attitudes about crime, offenders and the criminal justice system. The Criminology minor is also available to other majors.

  • Concentration

    English majors may choose the concentration in Cultural Studies, where they will study a broad range of topics focused on the study of cultural formations and their effects. Students will examine power, agency and subjectivity as well as how gender, race and class reflect our exploration of different texts.

  • Concentration

    Theatre majors may choose the Dance & World Performance concentration, where they will take courses in world dance, Asian theatre and performance, West African dance, ballet and modern dance.

  • Concentration

    The Data Science concentration in the Mathematics major prepares students for careers in the interdisciplinary field of data science. Courses teach students data manipulation, visualization, analysis, and practical techniques of this highly in-demand field, which combines statistics, mathematics and computer science.

  • Concentration

    The Developmental Psychology concentration within the Psychology major offers a strong foundation in current theory and empirical research in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The program is ideal for students planning careers in areas such as child and family advocacy, school psychology, or developmental or intellectual disability assessment.

  • Minor
    Concentration

    The digital art and design concentration in the Art major familiarizes students with computer skills and graphic design and offers advanced courses in animation, magazine design, illustration, and motion graphics. A minor in Digital Art and Design is also available to non-Art majors.

  • Concentration

    The Digital Media Design concentration in the New Media Studies major requires artistic capability and basic software skills. Students take advanced courses in graphic design, contemporary art, 2D and 3D animation, and illustration.

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    Theatre majors in the Directing, Dramaturgy and Cultural Performance concentration explore the creative process of play production through the role of director. With courses in acting, directing, playwriting, musical theatre, children’s theatre and site-specific theatre, students acquire valuable hands-on experience.

  • Concentration

    The Early Childhood and Elementary Education concentration in the English major is designed for students who want to pursue a career in teaching at the preschool or elementary levels. This concentration assembles a group of courses that best prepare students for success in their future classrooms and on certification examinations.

  • Major

    The Early Childhood Education major teaches the tools needed to help a young child establish an educational foundation for the rest of their lives. The first five years of a person’s life are pivotal to their long-term development. As an early childhood educator, you can contribute to a child’s most significant period of cognitive, social and emotional development. Your skills will always be in demand and your expertise will truly make the difference in the life of a child.

    Other Information

    Eastern graduates the most Early Childhood majors in Connecticut. The program has produced six national Telly Award-winning videos and sponsors the annual TIMPANI Toy Study, which has gained international attention. Early Childhood students become communities of learners as they prepare to become future teachers. Faculty members and teacher candidates are active participants in the Child and Family Development Resource Center and its model educational technology facilities, and as partners in regional schools throughout eastern Connecticut. Graduates can earn their advanced master’s degree in Education at Eastern with one additional year of study.

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    Minor

    Economics looks at how individuals and organizations use, produce, consume and distribute the world’s goods and services. Studying economics prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including business, finance, law, politics and history. Economics students learn to think creatively about important economic concerns facing the world today, while preparing for jobs or admission to law school, MBA programs and other graduate school options.

    Other Information

    The Economics major offers concentrations in Business Economics and General Economics; both integrate a rigorous curriculum with experiential learning opportunities. Students develop high-level critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills and acquire knowledge of the latest economic theories and practices. They develop a sense of social responsibility to provide innovative solutions to society’s pressing issues related to the environment, sustainability, health and economic security. An Economics minor is also available to other majors.

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    Elementary education graduates mold young minds and help children reach their potential. With greater demand for teaching skills in the business community, many education majors can expect to take on challenging and rewarding opportunities in and outside the classroom.

    Other Information

    Recognized by Colleges of Distinction and ranked number one in New England by the National Council on Teacher Quality, The Elementary Education major at Eastern prepares entry-level professionals to teach in elementary school classrooms. Teacher candidates gain competence in pedagogy; academic content areas; educational technology; and knowledge integration, while demonstrating how to create learning environments to support student diversity. Eastern’s program includes liberal art core electives, a dual major in a subject area, and hands-on student teaching experiences. Graduates can earn their advanced master’s degree in Education at Eastern with one additional year of study.

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    Minor
    Concentration

    The study of English prepares students for a variety of careers requiring knowledge and skills in critical and creative thinking, writing and research. English majors learn how to read situations, interpret details, evaluate competing points of view, form insightful questions and solve problems. An English major prepares students for careers in a number of fields, including law, business and research, in addition to the creative arts, publishing and teaching.

    Other Information

    Eastern’s English major provides students with exciting educational and career options. Introductory, writing intensive and senior capstone courses required of all majors provide students with a solid foundation for future success. The faculty are passionate about teaching and dedicated to helping students explore their interests, while developing their skills as critical thinkers, perceptive readers and effective writers. Concentrations include General English Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English for Early Childhood/Elementary Education, English for Secondary Education, Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Composition and Student-Designed. An English minor is also available to students in other majors. An English concentration is also available in the Liberal Studies major.

  • Concentration

    The English for Early Childhood or Elementary Education Concentration is designed for English majors who want to pursue a career in teaching at the preschool or elementary levels. While English majors who pursue other concentrations can certainly become certified teachers, this concentration assembles a group of courses that the English department believes best prepare students for success both in their own future classrooms and on certification examinations.

  • Concentration

    The English for Secondary Education concentration is designed for English majors who want to pursue a career in teaching at the secondary level. While English majors who pursue other concentrations can certainly become certified teachers, this concentration assembles a group of courses that the English department believes best prepare students for success both in their own future classrooms and on certification examinations.

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    Minor
    Concentration

    Global concerns about resource availability, natural disaster impacts, environmental change and sustainable development have propelled Environmental Earth Science to the forefront in the 21st century. Employment in the field is projected to grow faster than average from 2016-26 — between 10-14 percent. Environmental Earth Science (EES) is an interdisciplinary field of study that combines pure and applied science with modern technologies and research methods.

    Other Information

    Environmental Earth Science (EES) students at Eastern receive a broad education in environmental earth science with a strong foundation in geoscience, using classroom, laboratory and field-based learning. The curriculum stresses the materials, processes, and features of the Earth, Earth history and the ways in which earth scientists address scientific, societal and environmental problems. Student pick from three concentrations in Environmental Earth Science, General Earth Science or Sustainable Energy Science. A minor is also available to students in other majors.

  • Minor
    The Environmental Health Science minor explores the interrelationship between human health and the environment. The interplay of human activities, natural earth processes and ecological processes influences human health and the quality of the environment.

    Other Information

    The Environmental Health Science minor explores the interrelationship between human health and the environment. The interplay of human activities, natural earth processes and ecological processes influences human health and the quality of the environment.
  • Concentration

    The Environmental Science concentration in the Liberal Studies major prepares students for certification as early childhood or elementary education teachers. Students will learn the concepts, principles, skills, tools of inquiry and structure of environmental science.

  • Minor

    The Film Studies minor complements majors in Communication, the Visual and Performing Arts, English, History and Modern Languages. Students are prepared for careers or further study in the areas of film and video techniques, history and criticism.

  • Major
    Concentration

    Finance is the study of money management. It is a dynamic and fast-paced industry focused on resource allocation, resource management, acquisition and investment. Finance students enter a promising job market with a variety of career opportunities. Graduates are in high demand in brokerage firms, insurance companies, the foreign exchange market and the banking industry.

    Other Information

    The Finance major prepares students to enter the financial services sector, work in a corporate setting or enroll in graduate school. With a broad foundation in the liberal arts, the major is designed to develop students’ intellectual skills for problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and technical and quantitative analysis. In addition, students gain understanding of ethical issues and knowledge of the principles, theories and regulations in Finance. Eastern graduates have a distinct advantage in the marketplace, as a liberal arts education with a major in Finance places them in an enviable position with companies seeking graduates who are morally and ethically suited for today’s business challenges. In addition to the Finance Major, a Finance concentration is available in the Business Administration Major.

  • Minor

    Students who minor in French will learn not only the language but also the countries and cultures that compose the French-speaking world, as well as issues such as colonialism, post-colonialism, racism and feminism. Students will be introduced to French civilization and today's cultures of French-speaking countries from a historical, political, social and artistic perspective.

  • Minor

    Students in the Game Design minor use simulation, human machine interaction and gaming to learn artistic and computational skills. Courses may consist of animation, game engines, mathematics, modeling, network design, and state-of-the-art hardware and software.

  • Concentration

    Students in the General Earth Science concentration in the Environmental Earth Science major perform formal coursework, independent studies and internships that integrate field, laboratory, technical writing and computer skills to investigate environmental problems.

  • Concentration

    The General Economics concentration in the Economics major provides a balance of economics courses with an emphasis on international economics issues. Graduates pursue graduate studies in economics, business or law, or seek immediate job opportunities in business or government agencies.

  • Concentration

    The General English Studies program allows students to explore the expanse of English studies, sampling courses from all the concentration areas and developing a breadth of knowledge in this diverse field of study.

  • Concentration

    The General Psychology concentration in the Psychology major provides students with a broad selection of psychology courses, including developmental psychology, learning and cognition, biological bases of behavior and group psychology.

  • Minor

    The Genetic Counseling minor exposes students to this growing field, and provides coursework required for admission to a genetic counseling graduate program. As we enter the age of personalized medicine, there will be an increased demand for genetic counselors who know how to analyze and interpret sequencing results for patients and consumers.

  • Minor

    Students in the Geographic Information Systems minor learn to store, analyze and display spatially oriented data to improve decision-making. Environmental scientists use GIS for applications such as environmental impact analysis, hydrological modeling and biodiversity studies.

  • Minor

    The Geography minor familiarizes students with the globe and spatial distributions of phenomena ranging from capital to technology and disease. Students learn about physical habitats - rural and urban - and how geographical factors influence social and economic systems.

  • Minor

    The Geomorphology minor applies principles of physics, chemistry, hydrology and sedimentology to understand earth surface landscapes. Geomorphologists use computer programs such as GIS to analyze, explain and evaluate the geologic nature of earth surface environments.

  • Minor

    The Health minor is useful to teacher education students as well as students who major in Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. This minor provides a foundation for students who need a knowledge of health concepts and principles for their careers.

  • Minor

    The Healthcare Informatics minor introduces the changing information technology needs of the healthcare industry and provides an overview of the resources required in electronic medical records (EMR) and clinical information systems. The minor prepares students for jobs described by the American Society of Health Informatics Managers.

  • Minor
    Concentration

    The Healthcare Management concentration in the Business Administration major prepares students to improve the outcomes of management functions in healthcare organizations, focusing on the fundamentals of healthcare management, quality improvement and healthcare law. A minor in Healthcare Management is also available.

  • Major

    The study of health sciences includes courses in physics, chemistry and biology, and prepares students for careers in a broad range of occupations. Health care is one of the strongest sectors in the U.S. economy, with an aging population increasing the demand for health care professionals. Some health sciences graduates work directly with patients, while others hold positions in management, or pursue careers in research, science writing, medical photography, health care interpreting and biomedical illustration.

    Other Information

    Health Sciences majors choose from concentrations in Public Health and Allied Health. Students study the impact of psychology, the environment and culture on personal, community and global health while learning about human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, cell biology and genetics in a variety of laboratory settings. Science facilities at Eastern include a DNA Sequencer; an Imaging Center with confocal microscope; a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center; and other specialized labs, as well as the only virtual dissection system among Connecticut's state universities.

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    Everything that happens today is influenced by or a direct result of the human history that precedes it. Historians identify and comment on social and historical trends so that current and future generations can learn from the past. History students develop invaluable skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking and a broad cultural awareness.

    Other Information

    History majors at Eastern learn to understand the historical background of modern society, politics, economy and culture. They cultivate active skills in research and writing that help them prepare for graduate school and careers in education, law, government, journalism and many other professions. Eastern is the only Connecticut state university with a digital history lab. A History minor is available to non-History majors.

  • Concentration

    The Human Resource Management concentration in the Business Administration major examines key employee administrative processes and best practices, management-employee relations, organizational decision-making techniques and tools, individual and group relations, and effective human skill development, utilization and management.

  • Minor

    The Hydrogeology minor covers aspects of geology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Students learn about the occurrence, distribution and transport of groundwater, its natural chemical evolution and the behavior of contaminants in groundwater. Contemporary hydrogeologic problems ranging from water supply to land subsidence, groundwater protection and contamination are also covered.

  • Concentration

    The Illustration concentration in the Art major includes a range of creative and intellectual experiences in the Art & Art History Department. Illustrators work in a broad category of industries and specializations as freelancers and as full-time employees, combining traditional media with digital media techniques.

  • Major

    The individualized major is a good fit for students who are highly motivated and self-directed but who cannot find a major to match their career goals. An individualized major allows you to combine coursework from two or more disciplines to meet the broad range of skills needed in today’s ever-changing world. You will develop your plan of study with the assistance of two faculty advisors to focus on precisely what you want to study.

    Other Information

    Students pursuing an individualized major at Eastern design an interdisciplinary plan of study that consists of courses from two or more disciplines and results in a B.A. or B.S. degree. This allows students to take courses in areas that naturally complement each other in today’s workplace, while developing a strong educational base in at least one subject to facilitate entrance into graduate programs.

  • Concentration

    The Industrial Organizational Psychology concentration in the Psychology major teaches students to apply psychological principles in the workplace that enable them to recruit, hire, train, appraise, lead and motivate employees, as well as how to work within and facilitate groups and teams.

  • Minor

    The insurance minor offers students coursework to help them prepare for a rapidly growing job market in the insurance industry. Courses offerings include risk management, life insurance, insurer operations, and commercial property and liability insurance.

  • Concentration

    The Integrated Communication Media concentration in the New Media Studies major prepares students for careers in radio, video and television production. Courses in digital photography and motion graphic design ensure graduates are well-rounded and prepared to succeed in today’s workforce.

  • Concentration

    The International Business concentration in the Business Administration major focuses on international practices, standards, market institutions and regulatory structures, as well as market niches and cultural differences. The areas of financial management, international marketing strategies, global operations and logistics receive special attention.

  • Major

    Labor Relations and Human Resource Management professionals are adept at problem solving and mediating. Labor relations specialists develop labor policies, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, manage grievance procedures and ensure contract compliance. Human resource managers focus on recruitment, training, and legal and management advice.

    Other Information

    The only undergraduate program of its kind in New England, Eastern’s multidisciplinary Labor Relations and Human Resource Management major teaches students how to evaluate issues related to work and employment relationships. With a focus on creative, analytical and critical thinking, the program offers a unique approach to complex employment issues. Students develop a critical perspective and understanding of the roles of workers, employers, unions, institutions and labor laws. Faculty members come from the Business, Economics and Psychology departments.

  • Minor
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary minor specializing in the histories, cultures and social structures of these regions.
  • Concentration

    The Leadership Communication concentration in the Communication Major prepares students for careers in a variety of organizations. Students will demonstrate a professional level competency in verbal, nonverbal, written and digital communication skills common to institutional settings, including public speaking and presentation, conflict management and persuasive communication.

  • Major

    Liberal studies encompasses a broad exploration of social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts to help students become well-rounded, qualified teachers in early childhood and elementary education settings. As a student in this unique, interdisciplinary major, you will synthesize your learning to serve you as an educator. In addition, you will learn to communicate effectively and improve your critical thinking skills.

    Other Information

    The Liberal Studies major at Eastern is offered exclusively to students who are preparing to become elementary or early childhood educators. Students may complete the undergraduate education program or enroll in the Early Start master’s degree program to earn their certification. The program offers concentrations in the Natural Sciences, History/Social Sciences, English, Mathematics and Earth Science to prepare students for certification as early childhood or elementary teachers and develop in-depth expertise in a single subject.

  • Concentration

    The concentration in Literary Studies invites English majors to study literature as an imaginative artifact conditioned by history, culture and society. Students read various literary genres with sensitivity to literary and rhetorical devices, as well as aesthetic features, in order to understand how a text produces meaning, and how an interpretation is shaped by a community of readers.

  • Concentration

    The Management concentration in the Business Administration major teaches students effective management skills required in a variety of careers and organizations in an increasingly dynamic and competitive world.

  • Minor

    The Management Information Systems minor prepares students to contribute to increased productivity and the generation of new products, services and ventures, using state-of-the-art computer applications for better communication, problem diagnosis and decision-making.

  • Concentration

    The Marketing concentration in the Business Administration major addresses contemporary marketing needs by providing a solid overview of current advertising, sales and marketing best practices. Students also analyze factors influencing consumer behavior and marketing research techniques, and examine multicultural perspectives and insights into effective international marketing.

  • Concentration

    The concentration in Mathematical Structures and Applications (offered in both the BA and BS degrees) provides students with a solid mathematical foundation. It is designed for transfer students as well as for students who want to pair a Mathematics degree with courses from another discipline such as Computer Science or Economics or Physics.

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    Concentration

    College graduates with a mathematics degree are prepared for a range of career options in business, industry, government and education. Companies in the computer and communications industries employ many mathematicians, as do energy, pharmaceutical, insurance and financial services companies. Almost every bureau and branch of the federal government employs mathematicians. Data analysts are in high demand, while the job outlook for actuaries is expected to increase more than twice the overall job market through 2024.

    Other Information

    The Mathematics major provides a solid foundation in computational and theoretical mathematics. New concentrations in Mathematical Structures and Applications, Data Science, Mathematics for Teachers and Actuarial Science provide Eastern math majors with the background and skills they need to compete in today’s job market.  Mathematical Sciences faculty members perform research in mathematical biology, number theory, data science, analysis, graph theory, topology, and mathematics education and curriculum development.  A mathematics minor is also available for non-Math majors. In addition, their is a math concentration in the Liberal Studies major for early childhood and elementary education teaching candidates.

  • Concentration

    The Mathematics for Teaching concentration in the Mathematics major investigates mathematical topics in the elementary and secondary school curriculum at an advanced level. Courses integrate advanced mathematical thinking from Calculus, Geometry, Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics into the mathematical content typically taught at the elementary and secondary level.

  • Concentration

    The Media Computation concentration in the New Media Studies major offers students courses in computer science, programming, data mining, and computer and video game development.

  • Concentration

    The Media Writing and Journalism concentration in the Communication major prepares students for a variety of writing careers within the broad media spectrum. Students will demonstrate a professional level competency in an understanding of story structure and the real-world requirements of publishing their work in print, film, radio or the electronic media. Students will also understand the techniques and methods used to repurpose their writing across multiple media platforms.

  • Concentration

    The Mental Health Counseling concentration in the Psychology major teaches students evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and intervention in mental health, as well as practices that promote adaptation and well-being.

  • Minor

    The Modern Languages minor exposes students to different people and cultures and enhances appreciation of the world community. Students learn communication skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

  • Concentration

    Students in the Multimedia Writing, Form and Analysis concentration in the New Media Studies major learn electronic literature, writing for digital environments, digital game studies and copyright in the digital age.

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    Studying music teaches discipline, develops analytical and creative habits of the mind, and leads to understanding the performing arts’ place in culture—both past and present. Being a music major requires energy, focus and determination and a willingness to think creatively and critically. Studying music also cultivates confidence, tenacity, collaborative skills and an ability to grow through criticism. Music career paths range from performance to management, teaching and publishing.

    Other Information

    Housed in the state-of-the-art Fine Arts Instructional Center, Eastern’s Music Program provides theoretical and hands-on opportunities that emphasize the history, theory, performance and criticism of music and musicians from Western and non-Western traditions. Three concentrations—in Performance, Musicology, History, Composition and Criticism and Music Industry and Leadership are available. Students benefit from nine ensembles, personal instruction on a variety of instruments; and facilities that include nine practice rooms for student use, a 400-seat concert hall, a proscenium theater, a studio theater, two performance labs, a piano lab and several graphic design classrooms. A Music minor is also available to non-Music majors.

  • Concentration

    Students taking the concentration in Music Industry and Leadership within the Music major will be able to:

    • Articulate the paths available to students with a background in the music industry
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the technology essential for music industry careers
    • Exhibit the entrepreneurial skills necessary for 21st-century musicians
    • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills
    • Display effective leadership skills
    • Develop workplace skills through internships with on- and off-campus arts organizations
  • Concentration

    Music majors with a concentration in Musicology: History, Composition and Criticism will have the ability to investigate music in a critical way; grow as thinkers, creators and researchers through interactions with repertoires not included in the music major core; and analyze the style and structure of past and present music.

  • Concentration

    The Natural Sciences concentration in the Liberal Studies major teaches students to view the natural world with the questioning eye of a scientist. They will study scientific principles and the methods by which scientists develop and validate those principles and will gain hands-on experience in planning, making, analyzing and interpreting scientific observations.

  • Minor

    In the New England Studies minor, students learn about the distinctive values and characteristics of historic and contemporary New England. The program uses traditional classroom lectures and discussions, as well as individual research, internships and field experiences.

  • Major

    Where and how people consume their news and entertainment continues to evolve, making new media an exciting and ever-changing field. New media students are exposed to a world of possibilities as they study computer science, performing arts, communication, visual arts and more. They build critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, and develop communication skills needed in the world of global media.

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    New Media Studies offers students an innovative program of study that is structured in three tiers. New Media Studies majors in Visual Art will be prepared for careers in such fields as digital motion graphics, game and apps design, social media applications for advertising and marketing, digital projections and special effects for live performance, audio/video production, 2-D and 3-D animation, and as creative mixed-media artists working primarily with digital technologies.

  • Concentration

    The Operations Management concentration in the Business Administration major teaches the effective management of the organizational resources crucial to the competitiveness and survival of modern businesses and nonprofits. Courses provide a thorough examination of the fundamentals of production planning and control, quality management, facility oversight and utilization, supply-chain design and logistics, as well as global operation strategies and effective use of information systems.

  • Minor

    The Peace and Human Rights minor explores fundamental issues related to the human condition and the study of social, political and religious thought. Students are encouraged to think critically and to broadly explore contemporary issues related to peace and human rights.

  • Concentration

    The Performance concentration in the Music major teaches students to reach the highest level of their potential through participation in private lessons, large and small ensembles, valuable performance experiences, and related coursework in conducting, literature and chamber music.

  • Concentration

    The Performance Media concentration in the New Media Studies major offers courses and hands-on learning in performance, music, multimedia composition, digital 3-D, and theatre lighting and sound.

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    Philosophy examines the most basic assumptions on which our actions, beliefs and systems of thought (social and individual) are built.  Students of philosophy arrive at a deeper understanding of the issues at hand; develop new perspectives; and learn new ways of thinking that can help them solve problems in various disciplines and make wise, sound and moral decisions in their own lives.

    Other Information

    The Philosophy major at Eastern gives students the tools to address any issue regarding our lives as human beings with critical openness, creativity and intellectual rigor.  The program focuses on the development of autonomous, creative and critical thinking through courses such as Global Ethics, Philosophical Perspectives, Phenomenology and Feminist Philosophies. Students are also introduced to non-western philosophical traditions through courses such as Asian Philosophies and Buddhist Philosophy.  A Philosophy minor is available to non-Philosophy majors.

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    Students who study physical education are enthusiastic, physically fit, patient and excellent communicators. They go on to make a difference in the lives of those around them, inspiring a lasting love of fitness and health. Physical educators teach basic motor skills, games, fitness activities and the social skills related to participating in sports. They positively influence their students both physically and mentally, and encourage competition and cooperation.

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    The Physical Education major is designed for students who have a love of physical education and a special interest in working in sport and exercise activities. The program provides excellent preparation for careers in school physical education programs and other related agencies such as YMCAs, YWCAs, boys and girls clubs, and city or town public and private recreation programs and clubs. The major emphasizes studies in exercise science, instructional philosophy, and pedagogical analysis and techniques. The hallmark of this distinctive program is extensive clinical field experiences in public schools and professional agencies. A Physical Education minor is available to non-PE majors.

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    Students who study physical education are enthusiastic, physically fit, patient, and excellent communicators. They go on to make a difference in the lives of those around them, inspiring a lasting love of fitness and health. For those who pursue teaching, physical education involves teaching children basic motor skills, games, fitness activities, and the social skills related to participating in sports. They positively influence their students both physically and mentally, and encourage competition and cooperation.

    Other Information

    The Physical Education Studies major is designed for students who have a love of physical education and a special interest in working in sport and exercise activities but who are not planning to become physical education teachers. In lieu of student teaching and clinical experiences, students in this major take electives and an internship. For more information, see the Physical Education major.

  • Minor

    The Physical Science minor is designed to give students a foundation in the physical sciences and to enhance their career opportunities in an increasingly technical world.

  • Minor

    The Physics minor is offered for students wishing to pursue physics beyond the introductory level and gain experience with the uses of applied mathematics in physics.

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    Political science majors study how laws are made. They learn the comparative structures of governments across the world. They also learn about public policy and its impact on society and the economy. Political science majors are prepared to pursue careers in public policy and administration, law, diplomacy, international development and foreign relations, environmental and gender politics, academia and socioeconomic research or campaign studies.

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    Eastern’s Political Science major combines a core of political science courses with an internship or study abroad requirement to provide professional and analytical skills. Students gain an understanding of domestic and international political processes through classroom discussion; guest speakers and special events; political debates; and a review of current political issues. The major includes a track for students seeking certification to teach high school social studies. A Political Science minor is also available to other majors.

  • Concentration

    Students majoring in Physical Education can take the Pre-K12 concentration in teacher certification, which includes 30 credits required to meet Connecticut State Certification requirements. In addition to the senior year student teaching course, students in the certification concentration are also involved in at least two off-campus practicum/seminar courses taught by physical educators currently teaching in area public schools.

  • Minor

    The Pre-Law minor prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test and strengthens their skills in areas needed for success in law school, including critical thinking, logical reasoning and effective writing. Students receive a background in the nature, workings and justification of the law.

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    Psychology is an exciting, diverse field that applies to all parts of the human experience. Psychologists study behavior at all levels, from the actions of large groups to the chemical processes occurring in individual brain cells. Students who study psychology gain a deeper understanding of themselves and those around them. They become better communicators, develop critical thinking skills, and are better prepared to interact with colleagues, no matter their profession.

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    Eastern’s Psychology program provides a solid scientific background for students seeking a research, teaching or service career in the behavioral science or mental health fields. Through coursework and extensive applied learning experiences, psychology majors develop an understanding of the diversity of human behavior and the variables that influence it. Students receive a firm grounding in the science of psychology including research methods and statistics from faculty whose own research reflects the breadth and diversity within the field. Four concentrations in Behavior Analysis, Developmental Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Mental Health Counseling allow students to focus their studies in preparation for graduate school or employment. A Psychology minor is also available.

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    Public Health is available as a concentration in the Health Science major and also as a minor. The program builds upon supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, health, sociology and psychology. Students learn about public health issues, drinking water management, substance abuse, and health promotion and prevention as they prepare for careers in public health or entrance into graduate school.

  • Concentration

    The Public Relations concentration in the Communication major integrates theory and practice into a program that stresses creativity and professional competence. Through courses in marketing, public relations writing and crisis management, students prepare for employment in a global communication environment.

  • Concentration

    The concentration in Rhetoric and Composition in the English major cultivates skills in critical and creative thinking, writing and research. Through writing workshops, composition theory and courses in digital rhetoric and business and technical writing, students develop the capacity to communicate ideas with nuance and precision.

  • Concentration

    The Secondary Education concentration leads to certification in grades 7 through 12 in biology, English, mathematics, earth science, or history and social studies. Teacher candidates gain skills in pedagogy, academic content areas, educational technology and how to create learning environments that support diversity.

    Other Information

    Students majoring in Biology, English, Environmental Earth Science, History, History/Social Science, and Mathematics take the Secondary Education concentration to prepare for teaching certification in grades 7-12.  In addition to pedagogical instruction by Eastern’s outstanding education professors, students benefit from student teaching/clinical experiences, the Education Club and other out-of-class activities to enhance their teacher preparation.

  • Minor

    Students in the Social Informatics minor study the design, uses and consequences of information technologies that take into account their interaction with institutional and cultural environments. Students deepen their understanding of information technology in one of three areas: sociology, social work and social sciences; environmental management; or sustainable energy. Students learn to collect and analyze data needed to enhance business productivity.

  • Major

    Social work is an ideal career if you want to improve the lives of others. Social workers listen to peoples' needs and help them cope with challenging life circumstances. Social work provides practitioners with diversity and autonomy in their work settings and opportunities for creativity and intellectual stimulation. Social workers also have the opportunity to relieve human suffering while making a lasting difference for individuals, communities and society as a whole.

    Other Information

    The Social Work major prepares social work professionals to advance social justice and human rights effectively. Students graduate ready to serve diverse client populations, especially those most vulnerable and oppressed. More than 50 percent of Eastern social work graduates go directly into MSW programs and most pursue graduate education within five years of completing their BSW degree.
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    Sociologists investigate how people interact and behave within the structure of groups, organizations and societies. The subject of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from the division of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports.

    Other Information

    Practicum and internship courses complement classroom instruction in the Sociology major and give students an opportunity to gain experience in one or more field placement settings. Sociology majors graduate ready for employment in community, business and organizational settings or for graduate level study in sociology, social work, law and other career fields. A Sociology minor is also available to other majors.

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    With approximately 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States and more than 400 million in the world, being fluent in Spanish is one of the most valuable skills you can bring to your resume and future career. Pairing a Spanish major at Eastern with another major or minor will make you more competitive in the workplace. You can also travel to Spanish-speaking countries knowing you can fully engage in the culture.

    Other Information

    Eastern’s Spanish majors learn proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking Spanish. Through classroom instruction, fieldwork and travel, they immerse themselves in Spanish culture and literature, and learn to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts. Spanish majors are also able to discuss cultural topics and major literary works in Spanish. A Spanish minor is also available to other majors.

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    Sport and Leisure Management is an ideal major for students interested in sport management or sports sciences. Students learn exercise science, health, sport management and sport performance. Graduates are well prepared to help individuals make reasoned decisions related to their personal development and lifestyle, and for careers in sport management, exercise science, personal training, health and wellness, and sport performance and coaching.

    Other Information

    The Sport and Leisure Management major provides students with exciting professional opportunities that enhance knowledge, along with options for participating in health, wellness and recreational activities. Concentrations include Sport Management and Sport Science and Performance. A Sport and Leisure Management minor is also available.

  • Concentration

    Students in the Sport Management concentration of the Sport and Leisure Management major prepare for careers in the field through courses in accounting, business finance, economics of sport, marketing and sports psychology.

  • Concentration

    The Sport Science & Performance concentration in the Sport and Leisure Management major provides advanced courses in physiology, exercise, sports nutrition, conditioning and psychology. Students are prepared for careers in employee wellness programs, public and private recreation facilities, exercise science and sport performance.

  • Concentration

    The Student-Designed concentration in the English major allows students the flexibility to build their curriculum, combining nine credits of core English Studies with 18 additional credits within the English Department; electives; and either a capstone seminar or research project to conclude the program.

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    The Studio Art concentration in the Art major offers courses in traditional and alternative approaches to develop observational skills and promote a high level of craft. Advanced students are encouraged to identify and develop a strong personal point of view in their coursework and studio practice. A Studio Art minor is also available to other majors.

  • Concentration

    The Sustainable Energy Science concentration in the Environmental Earth Science major teaches the impact of energy consumption on humans and the natural environment and the application of renewable energy to address these problems. Students integrate field, laboratory, technical writing and computer skills in the investigation of energy resources and the application of energy science.

  • Minor

    Continued growth of fossil fuel energy consumption is not sustainable indefinitely. A transition to an economy based on renewable energy technologies such as hydroelectric, solar and wind energy is inevitable. Students in the Sustainable Energy Studies minor look at this transition through the perspectives of the natural sciences and the social sciences.

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    Theatre majors gain earn performance, writing and technical skills in class, backstage and onstage as they learn theatre technology, management and design as well as directing, acting, dance and playwriting. Theatre majors work on stage and on-camera, as well as backstage and front-of-house. They explore the human condition, learn to express human emotions and reflect on man’s rich diversity.

    Other Information

    Theatre majors at Eastern examine the history of performance and gain practical experience in production. They work onstage, backstage and front-of-house through classes, independent studies, internships, practica and study tours, and on full-length major productions, one-acts, original plays and staged readings. The Theatre program produces four main stage shows each year, giving students many opportunities to develop skills and talents in all areas of theatre and dance. Concentrations include Acting; Dance and Performance; Directing; and Theatre Technology, Design and Management.

  • Concentration

    The Design, Technology and Management concentration in the Theatre major offers courses in scenic design, lighting and sound design, and stage management. Students explore the global spectrum of theatrical production, experience the creative process of theatre technology and design, and develop an appreciation for and commitment to the collaborative process.

  • Major

    Women’s and Gender Studies explores how our lives are shaped by gender and other forms of identity, such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality and geography. Students learn how to strive toward a more just and equitable society. Women’s and Gender Studies majors study politics, theory, literature, history, sociology and psychology, and graduate with a broad range of career opportunities.

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    Eastern is the only public university in Connecticut with a major in Women’s and Gender Studies. The program offers a quality undergraduate education in gender scholarship. Students learn about the achievements and activism of women and other historically underrepresented groups as they consider how gender and other identities shape social experiences. Students think about social change in informed ways and are able to apply their acquired knowledge, analytical skills and competencies to their careers and everyday life. A minor in Women's and Gender Studies is also available.

  • Minor

    Women’s Studies explores how our lives are shaped by gender and other forms of identity, such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality and geography. Students learn how to strive toward a more just and equitable society. Women’s Studies majors study politics, theory, literature, history, sociology and psychology, and graduate with a broad range of career opportunities.

  • Minor

    Students in the Writing minor explore writing from the imaginative to the persuasive, from fiction to political blogs, from graphic novels to digital hypertexts – as writers and critics. Students develop interests and goals, whether in creative writing, rhetoric, business writing, editing and publishing, or any combination of these.