Areas of Study, Degrees and Certificates
- Associate in Arts (A.A.)
- Associate in Science (A.S.)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.)
- Certificate in Business and Environmental Sustainability
- Certificate in Global Indigenous Knowledge
- Certificate in Manufacturing Management
- Certificate in Healthcare Management
In addition to the undergraduate degrees listed above in our 12 areas of study, the college also offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies, Bachelor of Science in Allied Health, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Science in Management, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Bachelor of Science degree in Security Studies.
Areas of Study
SUNY Empire State College offers degrees in 12 registered areas of study:
- The Arts
- Business, Management and Economics
- Community and Human Services
- Cultural Studies
- Educational Studies
- Historical Studies
- Human Development
- Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Studies
- Labor Studies1
- Public Affairs
- Science, Mathematics and Technology
- Social Science
Labor Studies is offered through The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. School of Labor Studies in Manhattan and online.
You may earn an associate degree (A.A. and A.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in any of the 12 undergraduate areas of study. The college offers the Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) degree in: The Arts; Business, Management and Economics; Community and Human Services; Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Studies; Labor Studies; Public Affairs; and within Science, Mathematics and Technology, only in Technology.
The college has area of study guidelines that allow you wide latitude as you and your mentor design your degree. Within an area of study you will develop a concentration.
Planning Your Degree Program
Working with a faculty mentor, you design your own degree program. The degree you design reflects your goals and meets college requirements. You can incorporate prior learning from credit earned at other colleges, and college-level learning gained from work, volunteer or community activities, military training, reading, research and travel, and plan your additional study.
You formally begin degree planning through an educational planning course. For an associate or bachelor’s degree, the college requires at least 4 credits of educational planning.
As you work through your educational planning course with your mentor, you will review college requirements and define a concentration that meets your goals. The college has area of study guidelines that should be consulted when designing your degree program.
Once you and your mentor complete the development of your degree program proposal, the proposal is submitted to the Office of Academic Review for review and approval by a faculty committee. The final step is a policy review and approval by the Office of the Registrar.
Detailed information on planning your degree is available in the Student Degree Planning Guide and the Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (iPLA) Guide. Both publications are available at your location and online on MyESC. Additionally, the college provides an online degree program planning tool called DP Planner available through MyESC to help you organize your degree program and submit it for review.