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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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American Indigenous Studies 

American Indian Studies provides an interdisciplinary and broad understanding of American Indians, especially the Dakota, and their respective ways of life in the past, present, and future. Students will pursue knowledge of American Indian cultures, languages, histories, politics, media, and other topics. The program will prepare students to pursue graduate studies and careers in tribal communities or in ethnically diverse settings.


Anthropology deals with the physical and cultural development of people. As a liberal study, anthropology in conjunction with a second field of study may lead to careers in health services, public administration or counseling. Museum work and research involving extensive travel are possible choices with a single field.

Applied Organizational Studies 

The B.S. in Applied Organizational Studies is a degree completion program designed primarily for working adults that will provide them the qualifications needed to advance in their careers or to change professions. It provides students with education in communication, in critical analysis, and in organizational leadership. This degree is designed for individuals who want to develop knowledge and skills that will allow them to serve and contribute to transforming the organizations of which they are a part, be it their community, church, work, nonprofit or voluntary organization, city, state. The program’s design assumes that students have completed Minnesota’s general education Transfer Curriculum and at least 60 credits of coursework.


Corrections is the application of social science to the prevention and treatment of crime. Careers are to be found in juvenile and adult probation and parole programs; institutions such as prisons, reformatories, and mental hospitals; community based programs such as group homes, half-way homes and treatment communities; and diversionary programs and crisis centers.

Earth Science & Science Teaching – Earth Science 

Earth Science studies the earth’s interrelated physical systems of atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and outer space. Foundation to earth science are the impacts of people and the interactions of chemical, physical, and biological processes at all spatial scales ranging from submicroscopic to planetary, and over time scales from the immediate to billions of years. Thus, courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, and physics are required to fulfill degree requirements. Majors may choose to earn the BA or BS in the broadly based program or a more focused geology “option” (BS only) is available. For secondary teacher licensure see the Science Teaching program and major.


Economics is the study of the use of limited resources in the attempt to best satisfy people's needs and wants. Economics analyzes the decision making of business and individuals and investigates the role of government in the economic society. Graduates undertake additional study or find a variety of positions in business and government.

Ethnic Studies 

Ethnic Studies helps students to get exposed to those economic, social, and political forces which have contoured the ethnic/racial experience in America and around the world. Awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity are stressed as a model for race and ethnic relations.

Gender and Women’s Studies 

Gender and Women's Studies contributes to feminist and social justice theory and activism through undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses. We appeal to a wide variety of disciplines, professions, research interests, and ideological perspectives. Gender and Women's Studies prepares students for careers in human services, the media, community organizing, and education, among many possibilities. Our interdisciplinary curriculum draws from such areas as cultural studies, art, psychology, literature, history, anthropology, sociology, health, international relations, and ethnic studies. Through fostering and actively encouraging original, self-directed research among our undergraduate and graduate scholars, the Women's Studies Department at MSU enables students to work independently and collaboratively in their chosen career and educational paths.


Geography answers where questions (why things happen where they do, why places and regions have their characteristics and what are the best locations for various activities), with particular emphasis on human use of the world's resources. Geographers have careers as urban, regional or environmental planners, map makers, facility location analysts, real estate agents, and travel agents. This program also provides valuable general education for today's world.


History is an attempt to understand and interpret human societies of the past, and give insight into current events. Historical knowledge and training is valuable in itself, and can lead to a variety of careers when coupled with other areas of study.

International Relations 

International Relations is a multi-disciplinary field describing how the political world functions. Students prepare for service in international organizations, governmental and charitable agencies engaged in the international arena, and in business and financial institutions with over-seas interests.

Law Enforcement 

Law Enforcement is the study of crime and its control. It prepares the student to be a law enforcement officer or private security officer.

Political Science

Political Science studies the structure and functions of government, and the techniques for analyzing the political process. Recent graduates in political science can be found in law school and graduate school in research positions with government or political units, and in administration and management positions at all levels of government as well as in the private sector.


Psychology is the scientific study of the efforts of individual, social, physiological, developmental and environmental factors on thoughts, feeling and behavior. Study in psychology prepares students for professional careers as psychologists (requires a graduate degree beyond the bachelor's degree), and in areas in which the understanding of human behavior is important.

Social Studies Education 

Social Studies is the preparation for secondary teaching in the areas of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology, with an emphasis on civic, global, and multi-cultural perspectives.

Social Work 

Social Work involves the professional application of knowledge, skills and values designed to bring about more effective individual, family, group, organization and community functioning. It prepares students for beginning level professional social work practice, including licensure by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Employment is found in public human service agencies, child welfare settings, anti-poverty and outreach programs, group homes, schools and Head Start programs, nursing homes, community planning and evaluation, hospitals, day activity centers, and many others.


Sociology studies human social interaction and interaction and relationships. Universities, government agencies, business research, companies and social service agencies employ sociologists.

Urban and Regional Studies 

Urban and Regional Studies is an interdisciplinary program which examines the problems and challenges of the nation's communities and regions. Approximately two-thirds of graduates enter the planning field, while one-third step into administrative careers in local, regional, or state government.