SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences is organized into 22 departments; each department is the academic home of undergraduate majors and minors. These departments engage in collaboration with one another to strengthen interdisciplinary studies. Learn more about what each CAS department has to offer.
The master of science in accountancy degree program provides an advanced professional plan of study designed to prepare individuals for careers as professional accountants in public accounting, industry, or the not-for-profit and governmental sectors.
Accountants and auditors help companies run efficiently. They analyze and communicate financial information for entities such as companies, individual clients and government.
The anthropology program at SIUE emphasizes real-world applications of anthropology, with expertise in cultural heritage and the arts, community engagement, sustainability, and globalization issues.
The study of communication involves the development of theories and research tools to analyze, explain and improve human interaction. Departmental courses focus on two-person interaction, small-group decision making, communication patterns in organizations and other complex systems, public relations, and speaker-audience interaction in public speaking.
The applied communication studies program at SIUE seeks to deepen students’ understanding of communication theory and to prepare them to analyze, generate and apply communication research.
The program is based on the initial level for teacher preparation in the areas of knowledge application and development, instructional process, context and foundations of education, learners and learning, interpersonal relation skills, and professional relationships. At SIUE, our students are engaged in inquiry and reflection, which are necessary components in the development of successful learning environments in various contexts.
At SIUE, art history students study art and architecture, both as expressions of human creativity and as uniquely informative historical documents, to promote an understanding of its cultural and social value. Art history students gain a greater aesthetic appreciation of art and a deeper understanding of its purposes in different times and places through extensive study.
At SIUE, the Department of Art and Design offers a core foundation of skills that students can build upon in order to produce meaningful and engaging works with diverse objectives, meant for a variety of audiences, as well as a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional course opportunities to enhance a major area of concentration. Our students are challenged to view themselves as professionals on the first day they step into a classroom.
At SIUE, a bachelor of fine arts degree prepares students to be life-long practitioners and appreciators of the studio arts who can demonstrate professional competencies – conceptual, technical and visual – in one specialized area within the department’s studio offerings. Students study in newly built and renovated facilities offering state-of-the-art technology, and are challenged to view themselves as professionals on the first day they step into the classroom.
The master of fine arts (MFA) degree is a terminal studio degree designed to further the individual development of degree candidates and to provide them with professional competency in the studio arts.
Art therapy counselors are able to help people work through trauma, mental health issues, illness, challenges in living, as well as help those who seek personal insight and change.
Unlike a bachelor’s in a single discipline that requires students to take certain courses in a certain order, bachelor of liberal studies students take a variety of courses in a variety of fields. Students have the flexibility to design their own broad-based program that covers the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.
The biological sciences encompass the study of all life on earth. At SIUE, our diverse programs of study include specializations that allow students to pursue any of those areas that are of interest to them. Many careers are available for people with basic or advanced training in biology.
Graduate students in biological sciences may pursue a concentration in a variety of areas including cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and evolution and ecology.
Graduates of the program are qualified for careers in administration or management of business firms, in banking and insurance, and in federal, state and local government agencies as well as a variety of other settings where the knowledge of business functions is required.
The master of business administration (MBA) degree is designed to develop the professional capabilities of managers working in business.
The Department of Chemistry offers several degree programs and active research opportunities in order to satisfy the diverse career goals of our students. Chemistry majors work as analysts, environmentalists, criminologists, librarians, patent examiners, production foremen, researchers, writers and teachers.
Those with graduate degrees also can pursue secondary education positions teaching chemistry and the related disciplines.
The St. Louis area is a biotechnology hub that supports many large chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical companies that employ SIUE graduates. The biochemistry program at SIUE includes advanced courses and lab experiences in biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, analytical chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry ....
Civil engineers protect the health and safety of people and the environment. They allow goods, services and people to move efficiently. They provide locations for people to live, relax and work. Civil engineers apply the principles of mathematics and sciences to improve people’s lives.
Earn a graduate degree in civil engineering and explore the possibilities available through conducting research in environmental, geotechnical, structural or transportation engineering. Tackle the problems associated with pollution, make transportation systems safer, enhance the quality of bridges, highways and buildings, and improve the design of earthen structures and underground space.
The clinical child and school specialization trains students to work in organizations serving children, adolescents and families. Graduates work as clinical child psychologists in community mental health agencies, corrections, hospitals and residential treatment centers. This specialization provides the foundation for entry into the specialist degree program for students intending to be certified as school psychologists.
The clinical specialization is intended for students who seek to acquire master’s-level training appropriate for clinical work, primarily with adult clients. This training often leads to employment in organizations providing clinical psychological services (e.g. community mental health agencies, hospitals, mental health facilities) or continued education in doctoral training programs.
A master’s degree in college student personnel administration will prepare you for a career in higher education.
Electrical engineering and computer engineering are concerned with the development and application of electrical and computer technology to enhance and enrich all life.
CMIS is a STEM-designated applied business program that provides students with skills in business systems analysis, design and implementation, database design and implementation, and communications systems design. Students also obtain a breadth of knowledge in the business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.
CMIS is a STEM-designated applied business program that focuses on the areas of information systems, software development, computer system architectures, data communications and related management issues.
Every aspect of our society is impacted by computer applications. Information technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and computer scientists are needed in every field including business, cyber-security, mobile applications, networking, medicine, game and movie entertainment, education, robotics, and military.
Graduates also pursue careers as research scientists, technology infrastructure specialists or technology consultants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts continued high demand and high salaries well into the next decade for computer scientists and software engineers.
The construction industry is one of the largest components of the U.S. economy. The construction management program at SIUE blends business and engineering coursework to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for the multi-faceted aspects of careers in construction management.
The land surveying specialization is designed to prepare graduates who would meet the statutory requirements for eligibility to sit for the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor in Training examination, and later to become Professional Land Surveyors.
Criminal justice studies at SIUE is a multidisciplinary degree program with a strong academic foundation in the liberal arts. In recent years, career opportunities in fields linked with criminal justice have shown steady growth.
The master of science in education, with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, provides practicing teachers with the opportunity to develop deeper and broader understandings of the challenges of teaching and learning in today’s diverse schools.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine provides exceptional value in dental education. Students access the latest technology in today’s oral health care field and also play a part in helping some 8,000 patients a year receive excellent dental care through state-of-the-art clinics.
One of the premier AEGD programs in the country, the SIU School of Dental Medicine’s fully accredited, one-year program is designed to refine and enhance the resident’s clinical skills and scientific knowledge.
Since the practice of pharmacy is a vital part of a complete health care system, and the number of people requiring health care services has steadily increased, the demand for pharmacists is expected to continue. Due to many of society’s changing social and health issues, pharmacists will face new challenges, expanded responsibilities and an ever-increasing growth in opportunities.
Early childhood programs at SIUE offer both full-time and part-time options that lead to initial teacher licensure in Illinois to work with children birth to third grade. In addition, both programs offer a non-licensure option to work in infant/toddler and preschool settings that do not require teacher licensure.
The earth and space science program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is designed for students to receive an overview of all the sciences, with an emphasis on the physical sciences.
Economics is a social science that examines the decision making process regarding the use of scarce resources such as land, raw materials, labor, machinery, physical structures, etc.
At SIUE, the business economics and finance program provides students with a deep understanding of the global economic environment, hands-on experience with quantitative analysis and also equips students with the tools necessary for financial decision making.
The graduate economics and finance program focuses on skill-building projects based on SAS and other software extensively used in the finance industry.
The Department of Educational Leadership offers a program of study leading to the master of science in education (MSEd) degree.
Completion of the superintendent program affords the opportunity to lead public school districts in both Illinois and Missouri.
The program is designed for practicing P-12 school administrators who want to pursue a career as superintendent or school district leader. Through doctoral study, they develop expertise in using research to make system-wide changes that benefit all students in the school district.
The program embeds existing course work leading to advanced certification as a district level school administrator (superintendent). In addition to this course work, candidates focus on advanced study of district level leadership, school law, politics, policy-making and research.
Electrical engineering and computer engineering disciplines are concerned with the development and application of electrical and computer technology to enhance and enrich all life.
Top-rated companies such as Boeing, Anheuser-Busch and many more hire SIUE graduates. Stand out by earning a graduate degree in electrical engineering. By building on an undergraduate foundation and conducting research alongside expert faculty at SIUE, students can enhance their skills in systems analysis and design, engineering design and development, applications design and technical sales, production and manufacturing, or field service and user training.
The elementary education program is a collaborative agreement between SIUE and public school districts whereby classroom teachers, university professors and faculty supervisors work together to provide elementary education majors a unique opportunity to regularly interact with students in grades 1-6.
The SIUE School of Engineering has entered into a cooperative agreement with the College of Engineering at SIU-Carbondale that enables students to do work on both campuses. The cooperative Engineering Science PhD program offers areas of concentration in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes.
English majors possess the ultimate transferable skills – critical thinking, careful reading and masterful writing – that allow them to be versatile, flexible employees in –’s dynamic workforce. Students who complete the bachelor of arts and secondary education licensure requirements are equally well-prepared for careers as high school teachers.
The specialization in creative writing is designed for the student interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry. Students pursuing this specialization will not just develop their skills as writers, they will be better prepared to teach creative writing, pursue other professional writing opportunities, conduct further research into matters of creative writing pedagogy and publish their own creative works.
The specialization in literature allows students to pursue a graduate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate. The program offers a variety of electives to help students explore specific literary interests and periods.
A master of arts degree in teaching English as a second language (TESL) prepares graduates to teach and tutor students who are learning English as a second language, both in the United States and abroad.
The teaching of writing specialization is designed for the student interested in teaching writing at the university, community college, high school or middle-school level. A student graduating with this specialization will be prepared to teach writing and writing pedagogy, as well as conduct research in composition.
Study local, regional and global environmental issues and develop technical competencies to address these issues, their origins, ramification and resolutions. Specializations include environmental health, environmental toxicology and environmental management. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The environmental sciences program at SIUE is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests.
The environmental science management program is for students interested in a wider variety of career options in fields such as research management and technology transfer.
The exercise science program at SIUE provides students with a solid academic foundation in anatomy, physiology and chemistry in support of cutting-edge courses in applied exercise science and rehabilitation.
At SIUE, we take our students out into the world and bring the world to our students. Our program curriculum includes subject areas focusing on the languages, literatures, cultures and histories of diverse regions and countries.
We offer the only geography program in the St. Louis metropolitan area and as such, our graduates are in demand for positions in the region’s growing geo-spatial workforce. Our graduates have earned positions as park rangers, urban planners, retail location analysts, resource managers, climate scientists and geospatial analysts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts faster than average employment growth through 2020 in geography-related fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth for geographers will be fastest in the professional, scientific and technical services industry.
Geography examines the relationships between people and the natural environment. The breadth of geographic inquiry accommodates students who have broad interests and goals, and a variety of career opportunities await those who pursue a degree in Geography.
Entry-level Health Education Specialists will encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries and other health problems. Successful completion of the program effectively prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, given twice yearly.
Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in medical data management, patient care and information technology systems.
The study of history begins with questions about the past; how things came to be as they are or were. These questions can contribute to a greater understanding of ourselves, others and the world in which we live.
Graduate work in history contributes to students’ personal enrichment, lifelong learning skills and recognition of their responsibilities as members of a society composed of many communities of memory.
Industrial engineers are specifically prepared to function as problem solvers, innovators, coordinators and change agents. Industrial engineers practice in all phases of manufacturing industries, service industries and government agencies. In a manufacturing organization, industrial engineers may be concerned with the design of a single workplace involving one or more persons and one or more machines.
Students can leverage themselves with a graduate degree in industrial engineering at SIUE. Companies such as The Boeing Co., Emerson Electric and Covidien hire many SIUE graduates. A graduate degree places students in a network of highly skilled and educated professionals who work in the region, across the country and around the world.
Instructional technology (IT) is an interdisciplinary field that can sharpen your abilities to critically analyze the performance problems of employees or students.
Most graduates from the program leave with their master’s degree and go to work immediately in a corporate setting, either in a company human resource/personnel department, organizational development/training department or as an organizational/management consultant.
Integrative studies is an interdisciplinary program geared toward meeting each student’s personal, academic and career goals as well as providing knowledge and skills to meet the needs of emerging professions. Students design their own program of study, in consultation with a professional advisor and a faculty mentor, and in doing so take responsibility for their education and career planning.
The master of integrative studies allows students to access expertise from multiple areas and integrate courses into a degree that meets the needs of an emerging career field.
The cultural heritage and resources management program prepares students for careers in applied fields relating to identification, research, preservation of, and education about cultural heritage and resources.
A diversity training graduate degree will provide you with greater insight into multiculturalism, discrimination, and the design of training interventions that maximize the benefits of organizational diversity and inclusion.
Design thinking is an innovative methodology for creatively uncovering and solving problems. Design thinking can be used to improve processes, develop organizational structures, and create new products and services.
The integrative studies in sustainability master’s program prepares students to apply sustainability concepts, principles and technical approaches to address “green” career needs in a variety of fields.
International studies is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to help students reflect on and engage in the complex social, political, economic and cultural interrelations that exist among nations and regions of our increasingly globalized world. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in international studies are qualified for many positions in diplomacy or with nonprofits, governmental organizations and businesses.
The exercise and sport psychology specialization focuses on the psychosocial factors that influence, and are influenced by, physical activity. While this specialization will appeal to those individuals currently teaching and/or coaching, it also is designed to provide a solid foundation for those desiring to further their graduate education in fields associated with behavioral medicine including exercise psychology, sport psychology, rehabilitation psychology and health psychology.
A master of science in kinesiology with a specialization in exercise physiology is offered as an adult evening program designed in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for certification as a certified clinical exercise physiologist.
The master of science in education program is a 100 percent online program that consists of 30 semester hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. Graduate students have the option to complete the program in a flexible format that works with their schedule.
The primary purpose of the program is to develop capacities of educators and other professionals to support cultural diversity and culturally responsive learning and living. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes the cultivation of dispositions, attitudes, knowledge and skills that are critical to teaching diverse students in today’s schools and working in any other settings where diversity is both present and valued.
This program offers two options, Literacy Specialist and Reading Teacher. It is intended to provide advanced preparation for reading specialists and/or reading teacher certification. Our graduates are in great demand as school districts are in need of certified reading specialists and reading teachers.
The master of marketing research (MMR) degree is designed to prepare individuals with diverse backgrounds for careers in marketing research and to meet the needs of business, government or nonprofit organizations for competent marketing research professionals.
This SIUE program prepares students to succeed in careers in one of the fastest growing and most dynamic areas: the mass media. Currently the 21st-largest media market in the United States, St. Louis provides numerous media resources to our students. Our students are placed in all major media outlets in St. Louis, including the communication departments of the St. Louis Cardinals, Blues and Rams.
Our graduate program is designed for students who wish to concentrate in professional media practice or media studies. Recent graduates from the program have applied their degree professionally in television journalism, advertising, public relations, sports marketing and public policy, or have gone on to pursue law and doctoral degrees.
Professionals holding positions in the mathematics field as mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries consistently rank their careers at the top of surveys on job satisfaction and security.
Often called the foundation of all sciences, pure mathematics or theoretical mathematics deal with the science of structure, order, measurements and relationships of objects or groups of objects. Those who enjoy problem solving are suited for pure mathematics. The degree can lead to careers in education, finance and also in technology and engineering.
Mechanical engineers work to find alternative energy sources, design robots, airplanes or outer-space vehicles. Some may design more efficient heating and air-conditioning systems or create new medical devices used to save lives.
Students with a graduate degree in mechanical engineering will be well-prepared to pursue a career in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, energy, automotive, bioengineering, robotics and automation and computer-aided design and engineering.
Mechatronic devices or “smart” devices have become common in our technologically advanced society. Mechatronics engineers can work in any company that develops, designs or manufactures and markets “smart” devices. Opportunities exist in design, manufacturing, sales, as well as research.
The Department of Music faculty believes students in undergraduate academic programs in music should receive a comprehensive musical background that includes cultural knowledge through the general education program, individual performance, ensemble performance, scholarly studies in music theory and history/literature, and teacher education courses, if appropriate. The intent is to develop skilled and informed musicians, able scholars, and competent and enthusiastic teachers.
Some of the career opportunities available to graduates of the bachelor’s degree programs in music include teaching in public and private schools; playing professionally in symphony orchestras, studio orchestras, and jazz groups; performing in choruses, recitals, operas, oratorios and musical theater; composing and arranging. Additional opportunities exist in music publishing, music management and sales, music criticism, music librarianship, and private studio teaching.
A master of music (MM) degree with specialization in music education or in performance provides advanced preparation for professional work as a teacher and/or performer.
The accelerated bachelor of science degree in nursing option allows students with a bachelor’s degree to attain a BS degree with a major in nursing rapidly through intense, defined curriculum.
The accelerated RN to BS option is designed for students who have previously graduated from associate degree nursing programs and diploma nursing programs. This program is offered in a flexible, entirely online format to accommodate the needs of working RNs.
The family nurse practitioner DNP specialization program provides students with the required clinical competencies and theoretical foundation to deliver quality primary care for patients and their families with advanced skills in evidence-based practice, leadership, policy, finance, informatics and genomics/ethics.
The SIUE Health Care and Nursing Administration (HCNA) specialization prepares nurses for entry into management positions in health care organizations, and refines the skills of experienced nurse managers to mentor them for executive-level positions.
The nurse anesthesia DNP specialization prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic or pain management procedures.
An ever-increasing need for nursing faculty means that baccalaureate-prepared nurses who obtain a nurse educator master’s degree are actively sought throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region as well as nationally.
Building on their specialty practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates design new models of care; use evidence to improve practice; evaluate outcomes; identify and manage the health care needs of individuals, communities, and populations; and use technology and information systems to improve health outcomes.
The concurrent MBA/DNP degree program provides master’s-prepared nurses with the scholarly knowledge, political awareness, and financial skills to become entrepreneurs, chief nursing officers (CNOs), or chief executive officers (CEOs) of major healthcare institutions, collaborating with other professionals to design cost-effective models of accountable healthcare.
The traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BS) program is intended for students seeking their first degree with no prior college experience. This option is offered at the SIUE campus and through the SIUE Regional Nursing Program at SIU Carbondale. Highly qualified incoming freshmen at SIUE may be awarded direct entry into the program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, national job growth for dieticians and nutritionists is expected at 21 percent through 2022. The nutrition program at SIUE meets all requirements outlined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide exceptional preparation for graduate and professional training in a wide range of nutrition, health and medical fields.
Gain the tools necessary to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sciences research, discovery and development of new drugs. The MS in pharmaceutical sciences offers concentrations in the areas of medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics.
At SIUE, pursuing a degree in philosophy allows you to follow your interests. Since classes are often centered on a discussion, you can be an active participant every day.
Immediate application of new physics knowledge is not what drives physicists, but rather an inherent curiosity about everything around them. Physics explores the big questions about the universe, and students who are motivated, curious, mathematical, and inventive, and who wish to explore these big questions will find their place at SIUE.
Students who major in political science have entered careers in business, government service, law, teaching, journalism, and public and private interest groups. The Department of Political Science offers courses broadly concerned with the study of government and politics organized into seven fields.
At SIUE, undergraduate courses in psychology acquaint students with the methods used and the knowledge gained by psychologists in their continuing efforts to understand mental processes and behavior. Students obtaining an undergraduate degree in psychology from SIUE will be well-prepared to pursue a variety of both public and private sector careers.
The master of public administration (MPA) has become the recognized degree for individuals who wish to serve as administrators, managers and directors in local, state and federal agencies, as well as in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.
This program provides advanced academic and professional training for students pursuing a career in school psychology. Job prospects for students who complete the requirements for the specialist degree program in school psychology from SIUE are excellent due to a nationwide shortage of school psychologists.
The secondary education program is a joint effort between the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Students study their subject area field with faculty in CAS as they also develop an understanding of the broad issues that impact adolescents and schools through courses and field experiences with faculty in the SEHHB.
The undergraduate social work program focuses on the knowledge, values and skills needed for social work practice. In addition to completing on-campus course work, social work students engage in field work in local social service agencies in several courses. Most graduates work in child welfare, family service, mental health or health agencies.
The master of social work program prepares students for careers in advanced social work practice. Students graduate with comprehensive social work knowledge and refined practice skills to engage in professional roles.
A major purpose of the discipline is to find efficient and effective ways to understand and improve society.
Graduate work in sociology involves the advanced study of human social life, its processes, problems and possible future forms.
The special education program at SIUE is a nationally recognized program delivered through a collaborative partnership agreement between SIUE and public school districts. Classroom teachers and university professors work together to provide special education majors a unique opportunity to regularly interact with children from Pre-Kindergarten to Age 21.
The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders offers two program options that lead to the master of science in education (MSEd) in special education. Candidates may choose from MSEd with emphasis in Professional Development in Special Education or MSEd-2nd Certificate in Special Education. There is a growing need for special educators nationwide, and that growth is anticipated to continue in the years to come. Special education teachers are considered a teacher shortage area in Illinois.
The need for professionals in this field is expected to increase over the next decade. Opportunities in various work settings are numerous and include educational facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health, colleges and universities, and many more.
Undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology and audiology provide students with a scientific background for understanding communication disorders. Students acquire knowledge in speech and hearing science, normal processes and the development of speech, language and hearing.
The theater and dance program at SIUE is known for its small class sizes and the artistic freedom afforded its students. Faculty members encourage students to take risks to discover their creativity, and performance opportunities are ample.
Faculty members encourage students to take risks so they may discover and expand their creativity. SIUE’s location – 25 minutes from St. Louis – allows students the opportunity to compete for internships in an artistically vibrant city.
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