Borders, trades, religions, wars, water, traditions: geographers study why things are where they are.

Course offerings include studies in physical and environmental geography, conservation, cultural, economic and political geography, land use planning, computer mapping, field methods, and geography of North America.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting

    To prepare students for a career or graduate work in accounting, and to help qualify them to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Minor, Accounting

    A student majoring in a discipline other than management may minor in accounting by completing Accounting 201 and 202 and four additional courses selected from the following: Accounting 301, 302, 310, 340, 401, 409, or Management 308 or 445.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts- Acting

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Minor, Appalachian Studies

    The Appalachian Studies minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the history, natural resources, culture, politics, economy, and literary and artistic expressions of the region in which they were raised, will work and/or are presently located and to provide a coherent learning experience through multi-disciplinary studies of a single area.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Applied History and Social Sciences

    o provide students with broad experience in history and social science theory and practice in preparation for advanced studies, professional schools, or careers with state and federal governments, non-profit foundations, or other organizations.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Art-Graphic Design

    To acquaint students who wish to enter a design field with the necessary foundations in the visual arts and to provide preparation for employment in illustration, photography, and computer image-processing.

  • Minor,Art-Graphic Design

    A student may minor in Art - Graphic Design by completing 111, 151, 210, 221, 222, and 310.

  • Minor, Art

    A student may minor in Art by completing 111, 112, 151, 221, 222, and one course selected from 205, 210, 231, 241, 255, 305, 312, and 345.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Art-Studio

    To acquaint students with concepts and techniques of the visual arts; to study art as a tool in communication; to provide students with foundation experiences, processes, and necessary skills for effective visual self-expression; and to prepare students for advanced study in art.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Art- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach art in grades PK-12.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies

    To promote understanding of the varieties of civilizations representative of Asia, including the political, economic, and security dimensions, with special attention to Japan, China, the Koreas, and India.

  • Minor, Asian Studies

    A student may minor in Asian Studies with the approval of the Director of International and Area Studies and the completion of Asian Studies 212X; 241; 245X; 346; one additional course in Asian Studies; and International Studies 425 or 429X.

  • Bachelor or Arts, Athletic Training

    To prepare students for health care careers as certified athletic trainers.

  • Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training

    To prepare students for health care careers as certified athletic trainers.

  • Master of Science in Athletic Training, Athletic Training

    The mission of the Athletic Training Department is to prepare students for entry-level careers by educating them in the knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviors needed to successfully practice as an athletic training professional. We strive to provide students with a comprehensive education that will develop critical thinking and promote civic engagement.

  • Minor, Biology

    A student may minor in biology by completing Biology 117, 201, and 300 plus two additional biology courses approved by the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach biology and, under certain circumstances, other related subjects.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology

    To acquaint students with the basic principles and branches of the biological sciences; to provide preparation for employment in industry, research, conservation, or health-related areas.

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology

    To acquaint students with the basic principles and branches of the biological sciences; to provide preparation for graduate study or employment in industry, research, conservation, or health-related areas.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology -Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach biology and, under certain circumstances, other related subjects.

  • Bachelor of Science, Business- Teacher Preparation

    To give students a broadly based background in business administration and to prepare them for careers teaching in secondary schools.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry- Applied Health Sciences

    To prepare students for admission to pharmacy programs and careers in pharmacy.

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

    To prepare students for graduate study related to chemistry or the health/medical professions and also for employment in various areas of chemistry.

  • Minor, Chemistry

    A student may minor in chemistry by completing Chemistry 111, 111L, 112, 112L, and four courses chosen from Chemistry 211, 212, 211, 212, 221, 230, 240, 312, 313, 330, 430X, and 433.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach chemistry.

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach chemistry.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry

    To prepare students for work as chemists in industry or as teachers.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Civic Innovation

    Situated at the intersection of academic knowledge, vocational exploration, and a commitment to the common good, Civic Innovation provides an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of public life and issues, including the dynamic interplay of the natural environment, the built environment, and human culture and history in places and the role of that interplay in developing innovative solutions to civic issues and problems. As a central part of the curriculum in Civic Innovation, students are actively solving community-identified problems and achieving outcomes for people and places. Graduates understand the innovation process, have the skills, knowledge, and attributes to be innovative problem solvers, to organize, lead, and coordinate civic initiatives, and to help forge creative alliances of persons and organizations to meet community needs and achieve outcomes that serve the common good. In collaboration with their advisor, students chart a course of study that provides skills that they can apply in the public and private sectors or in post-graduate study. Throughout the curriculum, students build and maintain a results portfolio, presenting this at points in their study, culminating in the senior capstone presentation.

  • Minor, Civic Innovation

    Situated at the intersection of academic knowledge, vocational exploration, and a commitment to the common good, Civic Innovation provides an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of public life and issues, including the dynamic interplay of the natural environment, the built environment, and human culture and history in places and the role of that interplay in developing innovative solutions to civic issues and problems. As a central part of the curriculum in Civic Innovation, students are actively solving community-identified problems and achieving outcomes for people and places. Graduates understand the innovation process, have the skills, knowledge, and attributes to be innovative problem solvers, to organize, lead, and coordinate civic initiatives, and to help forge creative alliances of persons and organizations to meet community needs and achieve outcomes that serve the common good. In collaboration with their advisor, students chart a course of study that provides skills that they can apply in the public and private sectors or in post-graduate study. Throughout the curriculum, students build and maintain a results portfolio, presenting this at points in their study, culminating in the senior capstone presentation.

  • Master of Arts in Community and Organizational Leadership

    To equip early and mid-career professionals with the skills necessary to be more effective leaders within communities and organizations; to offer an interdisciplinary approach to questions and issues of leadership and community development in both the public and private sectors, for proactive leadership focused on building communities. The Masters of Community and Organizational Leadership has two tracks: 5-Year B.A./MCOL and the Mid-Career M.A

  • Minor, Creative Communication

    To explore creative concepts and practices related to communication in the fields of art, English, and mass communications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Directing

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics

    To give a broad background in economic theory and policy, preparing students to better understand human behavior and the events which shape their lives; to prepare students for graduate study in economics, law, and public policy, and for work in government and industry.

  • Minor, Economics

    A student may minor in economics by completing Economics 151, 152, 251, 252, and any two of the following: Economics 220X, 231, 260, 262, 321, 322, 330, 332, 450.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education- Interdisciplinary English, Elementary PK-3, Elementary and Middle School PK-6,6-8

    To provide an introduction to courses in English language and literature as a foundation for a career in teaching and to enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach grades PK-3, PK-6, 6-8 (depending on choices in professional studies). Note: Students pursuing licensure to teach with a major in Interdisciplinary English must notify the Neff Center immediately and are advised by a member of the Neff Center for Teacher Education in consultation with the Chair of the English Department.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education- Interdisciplinary History and Integrative Social Science, Elementary and Middle School PK-6,6-8

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach history and social sciences in the elementary and middle schools.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education- Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Elementary and Middle School PK-6,6-8

    To offer an interdisciplinary program of study with a broad foundation in mathematics and to enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach in the elementary and middle schools.

  • Masters of Education, Education- Professional Studies Master of Education

    Students may select a five year program leading to the appropriate bachelor’s degree and a professional studies master of education degree. This option provides more subject area content for teacher preparation students at the undergraduate level and significant professional preparation in the fifth year. Students may also select a special education option that meets the endorsement requirements for special education - general curriculum K-12. Students must complete at least 32 semester hours at the graduate level to receive the master’s degree.

  • Masters of Education, Education- Professional Studies Master of Education: Special Education- General Curriculum K-12 Endorsement Track

    Students may select a five year program leading to the appropriate bachelor’s degree and a Professional Studies Master’s degree while meeting the certification requirements for endorsement in special education-general curriculum K-12. Students in this track also meet certification requirements for general education endorsements. This option provides more subject area content for teacher preparation students at the undergraduate level and significant professional preparation in the fifth year.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education- Secondary Education 6-12 and Art, Music, Modern Language, and Physical Education PK-12

    To prepare students to teach particular subject areas in secondary and middle school.

  • Minor, English- Creative Writing

    A student may minor in Creative Writing by completing 200; two courses chosen from 230, 231, 232, 233; two courses chosen from 322, 323, 326; and one 300-level elective course chosen in consultation with the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Arts, English- Interdisciplinary English (PK-3, PK-6, 6-8) and Teacher Preparations

    To provide an introduction to courses in English language and literature as a foundation for a career in teaching

  • Bachelor of Arts, English- Literature and Creative Writing

    To provide depth and breadth in the study of literature; to develop skills in writing creatively; and to prepare students for advanced study in creative writing or for related careers.

  • Bachelor of Arts, English -Literature

    To provide depth and breadth in the study of literature as a foundation for advanced study or for career objectives in literature, teaching, information services, mass communication, theatre, publishing, law, business, theology, and other fields.

  • Minor, English- Literature

    A student may minor in English by completing 200; 250, 251, or 252; 255 or 256; and three 300-level electives chosen in consultation with the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Art, English- Pre-Professional English 1: Publishing

    To prepare students for employment or graduate study in Publishing (specifically Administration, Editorial, Managing Editorial, Marketing, and Production), by combining an in-depth knowledge of English literature, advanced writing and proofreading skills, and the knowledge of related business and computer technology that are required to enter the field.

  • Bachelor of Art, English- Pre-Professional English 2: Library and Information Technology

    To prepare students for employment or graduate study in Library and Information Technology, by combining an in-depth knowledge of English literature, advanced research and instructional skills, critical thinking, and computer-based skills that are required to enter the field.

  • Bachelor of Arts, English- Teacher Preparation (6-12)

    To provide depth and breadth in literary studies as a foundation for a career in teaching and to enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach English grades 6-12. Note: Students pursuing licensure to teach must notify the Neff Center immediately and must be assigned a second advisor in the Neff Center for Teacher Education.

  • Minor, Environmental Studies

    A student may minor in environmental studies by completing Environmental Studies 100, 200, and 450, and three courses chosen from the following: Environmental Studies 205X, 212X, 225, 300, 320X, 350, Earth Science 201, Geography 240, 311, 322, 332, 340, 390, Biology 411, Economics 262.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies- Policy

    To prepare students for employment or graduate work in policy-related aspects of the environment, so that graduates can contribute to the formulation of public and corporate policies for the restoration and preservation of ecosystems.

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies- Science

    To prepare students for employment or graduate work in science-related aspects of the environment, so that graduates can contribute to the understanding, restoration, and preservation of habitats and ecosystems. To study biology of plants and animals, population biology, geomorphology, aquatic and terrestrial chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and environmental monitoring.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Equine Studies

    The Equine Studies program is a nationally-recognized program that specializes in the disciplines of Show Jumping, Equitation, Show Hunters, Dressage and Combined Training. Students earn a bachelor’s degree in Equine Studies through a program designed to produce a well-rounded horseperson with skills in teaching, training and stable management. This program prepares students to enter the horse industry with the knowledge and confidence necessary to perform successfully and professionally.

  • Bachelor of Science, Equine Studies

    The Equine Studies program is a nationally-recognized program that specializes in the disciplines of Show Jumping, Equitation, Show Hunters, Dressage and Combined Training. Students earn a bachelor’s degree in Equine Studies through a program designed to produce a well-rounded horseperson with skills in teaching, training and stable management. This program prepares students to enter the horse industry with the knowledge and confidence necessary to perform successfully and professionally.

  • Minor, Equine Studies

    A student may minor in Equine Studies by completing 2 semester hours chosen from 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, or 402; 217, 224, 324, 326, 327, 360, 417, and 418.

  • Bachelor of Arts, European Studies

    To provide exposure to the contemporary patterns of politics, economics, international relations, law, culture, society, and the historical development of the new and enlarged Europe.

  • Minor, European Studies

    A student may minor in European Studies with the approval of the Director of International and Area Studies and the completion of European Studies 235X; 333X; 335X; 410; one additional course in European Studies; and International Studies 425 or 429X.

  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science- Fitness and Wellness

    To prepare students for careers in the fields of commercial fitness, corporate wellness, or strength and
    conditioning, or for graduate study in a health-related field (public health, nutrition/dietetics, clinical exercise
    physiology, kinesiology.) Potential employment settings for Exercise Science – Fitness/Wellness graduates include:

    •  Corporate Fitness/Wellness Programs
    •  University Wellness/Adult Fitness Programs
    •  Hospitals/Clinics with specialties in Cardiac and/or Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    •  Commercial Fitness Centers
    • Senior Activity Centers
    • Worksite Health Promotion Programs
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science- Clinical Health Professions

    To prepare students for a graduate degree in a health professions discipline (i.e., athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies) or other health-related field (public health, nutrition/dietetics, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology.)

  • Minor, Foreign Language Other than Spanish

    A student may minor in a foreign language other than Spanish by completing that language’s courses numbered 101, 102, and 201, plus three additional courses, two of which must be on the 300 or 400 level.

  • Bachelor of Arts, French and Francophone Studies

    To provide students an interdisciplinary framework for the study of the history, literature, film and culture of France and the world in which French is an important medium of culture.

  • Bachelor of Arts, French and International Commerce

    To train students in French and acquaint them with the cultures, and fundamental business and economic concepts in order to prepare them for careers in management and leadership in organizations that operate globally.

  • Bachelor of Arts, French- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach French.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography - Land Use and Planning

    This degree provides a broad background and field experience for students planning a career in public service or advanced study in geography. 

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography - Social Science

    This degree is interdisciplinary, integrating courses from the departments of history, political science, economics and sociology.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Teacher Preparation

    This 4-year degree enables graduates to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach mathematics.

  • Bachelor of Art, Geography

    To provide a broad-based background for students planning careers in public service or advanced study in geography

  • Minor, Geography

    A student may minor in geography by completing Geography 111 or 221; either 201X or 202X; either 331 or 333; either 450 or 460; and two additional geography courses approved by the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography- Social Sciences

    To enroll in an interdisciplinary and integrated program of study through a combination of courses.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography- Teacher Preparation 6-12 (Earth Science Licensure)

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach Earth Science.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Health and Physical Education- Teacher Preparation

    To permit persons to choose areas of study related to health and human performance which will support their vocational and/or professional goals.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Hispanic Studies

    To provide students an interdisciplinary framework for the study of the history, literature, and film of the Spanish-speaking world. To become proficient in the four communication goals in Spanish (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), and the cultural component.

  • Minor, History with Emphasis on African-American Studies

    This minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the histories, cultures, political economies, regional relationships, and literary and artistic expressions of African Americans over time, with multi-disciplinary studies of the African-American experience. A student may complete this minor with History 234, 335, and another history course chosen in consultation with the department; English 364 when the topic is African-American Literature; and two courses chosen from the following: History 220, 306, 316, Geography 111, Political Science 103 or 117, and Sociology 270.

  • Bachelor of Arts, History

    To provide students with an integrated path of study that includes surveys of various historical regions and periods, the techniques of historical research and writing, and practical and professional experience. To prepare students for advanced study or careers in archival work, historical preservation, government service, international studies, library work, law, and teaching.

  • Master of Arts in Education, History

    To provide a degree appropriate for a person seeking certification to teach history or social studies with endorsement for Virginia and states with reciprocal agreements concerning credentials. To provide the proof required for competency and mastery according to federal guidelines

  • Minor, History

    A student may minor in history by completing History 111 or 112, 205, 305, and three additional courses selected in consultation with the department.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Human Performance

    To permit persons to choose areas of study related to health and human performance which will support their vocational and/or professional goals. Requirements: Required courses are,. In consul

  • Minor, Human Performance

    A student may minor in human performance by completing six courses: 211, 220, 222, 231 or 336, 251, and 412. In addition, minors must take five activity courses. Any substitution of courses in the minor must be approved by the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Human Performance- Sports Management

    To prepare students for business-related careers in the sport field.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary History and Integrative Social Sciences and Teacher Preparation- PK-6,6-8

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach history and social sciences in the elementary and middle schools. To provide students with a foundational program of study in history and social sciences focused on interdisciplinary and integrative learning. To enable students to meet the goals and expectations of advanced coursework in graduate and professional schools. To provide a degree appropriate for a person seeking a master’s in education or in another area of master’s level work.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary History and Social Sciences and Teacher Preparation- Secondary 6-12

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach history and social science, history, history and geography, or history and government.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Teacher Preparation- PK-6,6-8

    To offer an interdisciplinary program of study with a broad foundation in mathematics.

  • Minor, International Business

    A student majoring in a discipline other than management may minor in international business by completing International Studies 105X or Geography 221; Economics 151, 152, and 322; and Management 305 and 320.

  • Minor, International Socioeconomic Studies

    A student may minor in international socioeconomic studies by completing International Studies 105X; Geography 221; Political Science 225, 235, 241X, or 245; Economics 322; Management 320; and International Studies 425.

  • Bachelor of Science, International Studies and Business

    To provide students with a professional education and an understanding of the political, economic, and cultural complexities in the world. To prepare students for careers in business, journalism, diplomacy, international law, or public policy.

  • Bachelor of Science, Management

    To give students a broadly-based background in business administration leading to employment or graduate study.

  • Minor, Management

    A student may minor in management by completing Economics 151, Management 305 and 345, Accounting 201, and two additional courses selected from the following: Economics 152, Accounting 202, Management 203, 308, 320, 441, or 445.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications

    To provide liberal arts students a thorough foundation in the theories and applications of mass communications and an understanding of the function of communication in society. To develop broad-based skills and understanding which will prepare students for a wide variety of careers or for advanced study in communication, business, government, or law.

  • Minor, Mass Communications

    A student may minor in mass communications by completing 101, 202, 210, 390, 451, and one additional course other than 470, 471, or 480.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

    To offer a broad foundation in theoretical and applied mathematics. To provide the necessary preparation for teaching, graduate study, or related work in a number of vocational fields.

  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

    To offer a broad foundation in theoretical and applied mathematics. To provide the necessary preparation for teaching, graduate study, or related work in a number of vocational fields.

  • Minor, Mathematics

    A student may minor in mathematics by completing Mathematics 151, 152, 201, and 253, and two additional courses at or above the 300 level, not including 311, 312, 420, 460, 470, or 480.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics- Teacher Preparation- Secondary 6-12

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach mathematics.

  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics- Teacher Preparation- Secondary 6-12

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach mathematics.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

    To study Islam as a religion and as a civilization, as well as the Middle East, a region at the center of world attention.

  • Minor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

    A student may minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies with the approval of the Director of International and Area Studies and the completion of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 206; 211X; 225X; 315X, 327X; and International Studies 429X.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music

    To provide the basis for a lifetime of engagement with music and/or for a professional vocation in music. Also appropriate for those wishing to continue with musicological or theoretical studies in graduate school.

  • Minor, Music

    A student may minor in music by completing 152, 153, 162, 163, 301, 302 in sequence, one elective approved by the department chair, three semester hours in applied music, and two semester hours in ensemble.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music- Performance

    To develop individual potentials in musicianship, technique, artistry, self-expression, and critical thinking through academic and applied music study focusing on the instrumental, piano, or vocal repertoire. To provide a broad liberal arts foundation and opportunities for career preparation in a variety of performance-related areas.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music- Teacher Preparation- Grades PK-12 Choral/Vocal

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach vocal and choral music in grades K-12, while developing individual potentials in musicianship and providing a broad liberal arts education.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music- Teacher Preparation- Grades PK-12 Instrumental

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach instrumental music in grades K- 12, while developing individual potentials in musicianship and providing a broad liberal arts education.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Master of Occupational Therapy

    The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program is offered on the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences Campus in Marion. The MOT program is a 27 month program, consisting of seven consecutive semesters, including two 12 week clinical fieldworks.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics

    To provide students with an integrated approach to examinations of social and political life by encouraging broad, integrated education in three distinct but related disciplines; to enhance preparation for careers in public policy and public service, consulting, political and economic journalism, law, and international affairs.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

    To engage students in critical and reflective inquiry; to prepare students for graduate study or for a number of vocational fields.

  • Minor, Philosophy

    A student may minor in philosophy by completing 101, 211, 212, 231, and two other philosophy courses chosen in consultation with the department chair.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is offered on the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences campus in Marion. The DPT is a 3-year program, consisting of nine consecutive semesters, including three full-time clinical internships.

  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies

    Emory & Henry College’s rigorous 27-month physician assistant studies program prepares students for practice as physician assistants (PAs) and eligibility to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). PAs are comprehensively trained medical providers. In the U.S., PAs are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine and prescribe medications and currently practice in every setting and every medical and surgical specialty. PA practice includes comprehensive patient care incorporating patient interviewing, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment plan development, implementation and follow-up and patient education and counseling. Since the origination of the physician assistant profession, PAs have been improving access to high quality medical care for patients across the U.S and throughout the world.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Physics

    To provide background in basic physics, emphasizing laboratory skills and knowledge which students will need in industrial or government employment or a science teaching career; to stress applications of analytical software and mathematical techniques.

  • Minor, Physics

    A student may minor in physics by completing five courses or 18 semester hours as follows: 201, 202, 311, and two additional courses, both of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Physics- Teacher Preparation- 6-12 Secondary

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach physics and, under certain circumstances, other related subjects.

  • Bachelor of Science, Physics- Teacher Preparation- 6-12 Secondary

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach physics and, under certain circumstances, other related subjects.

  • Bachelor of Science, Physics

    To provide background in basic physics preparing students for entry into graduate school or engineering programs; to stress applications of analytical software and mathematical techniques.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

    To give students an understanding of the full spectrum of political science and political activity, with a focus on the four traditional branches of the discipline: American, comparative, international, and political theory. To prepare students for graduate study in political science; entry into careers related to public service, government, international affairs, business abroad, or public administration; or teaching civics, American government, or foreign affairs at the secondary level.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science- Law and Politics

    To provide students with an integrative approach to the study of law as a part of liberal education; to introduce fundamental notions of the nature of law, its history and development, and principles which underlie its administration and to prepare students for law school and the practice of law.

  • Minor, Political Science

    A student may minor in political science by completing 103, 105; 215; 240; and two additional courses chosen in conjunction with the advisor, at least one of which will be at the 300-level.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Production and Design

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Masters of Education, Professional Studies Master of Education

    To provide prospective teachers with significant professional development at the master’s level.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

    To provide a general program for students who wish to study a wide range of psychological topics; to prepare students for possible graduate study or employment in human services.

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology

    To provide a specialized program for students interested in aspects of psychology that relate to the natural sciences.

  • Minor, Psychology

    A student may minor in psychology by completing 101, 102, 211, and two additional courses in consultation with the department. Statistics 163 is also required for the minor in Psychology (Statistics 161 or 162 may be substituted).

  • Master of Arts in Education, Reading Specialist

    To provide practicing and prospective teachers the opportunity to learn contemporary pedagogy in Reading and address contemporary and controversial issues that affect public education. This program is designed to meet Virginia certification standards for reading specialists. The program is cohort based and implemented face to face or online with two residential experiences. Contact the Neff Center for Teacher Education for more information on the current cohort structure.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion

    To investigate religious thought and action within a balanced context of approaches, utilizing biblical, theological, literary, and historical insights.

  • Minor, Religion

    A student may minor in religion by completing 131, 132; 111, 212, 213 or 314; 310 and two electives from the department selected in consultation with the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

    To introduce students to the theoretical and empirical foundations of sociology and develop their skills in critical evaluation, data collection, and data analysis in order to prepare them for careers in business, policy analysis, program evaluation, or human services as well as for continued study of sociology in graduate programs across the country.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology- Crime and Society

    To provide students with coursework and practical experience in preparation for graduate study in criminology and/or careers in law enforcement, victim advocacy, and related fields.

  • Minor, Sociology

    A student may minor in sociology by completing 101, 330, 334, and three additional courses in sociology approved by the department chair.

  • Minor, Spanish

    A student may minor in Spanish by completing Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202A, 301, and 302A.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach Spanish.

  • Minor, Sports Management

    A student may minor in sport management by completing six courses: 211, 324, 336, 360, 430, and 470. In addition, minors must take five activity courses. Any substitution of courses in the minor must be approved by the department chair.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre

    To provide the basis for a lifetime appreciation of the theatre and/or for a professional or educational vocation in the theatre.

  • Minor, Theatre

    A student may minor in theatre by completing 100, 110, either 105 or 205, and two additional theatre electives (for a total of at least six credits) chosen in consultation with the department. Students must also complete three semester hours of Practicum (Theatre 402).

  • Minor, Visual Communications

    A student may minor in visual communications by completing 101, 210, 204, 390, 404, and 451.

  • Minor, Women and Gender Studies

    To examine the history and current status of gender issues, providing theoretical and practical experience in a variety of areas.

Our geography graduates become planners, geographic information specialists, teachers, cartographers, scientists, managers, surveyors, conservation agents, and even park rangers. At least a quarter of our students go to graduate school, and a good number of them go into fields that might seem at first to be unrelated: like law, environmental science, engineering, and business.


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