The Department of Social Science and Public Affairs

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College Department of Social Science and Public Affairs offers the following degrees in two registered areas: Social Science and Public Affairs. We also offer bachelor of science degrees in Criminal Justice and Security Studies.

Social Science degrees offered:

  • Associate of Arts.
  • Associate of Science.
  • Bachelor of Arts.
  • Bachelor of Science.

Public Affairs degrees offered:

Criminal Justice and Security Studies degree offered:

  • Bachelor of Science

Through these degrees students will develop analytical and communication skills, increase their understanding of both foundational and advanced concepts and disciplinary methods to support their goals as they create a degree program to meet their specific needs together with a faculty mentor.

Nondegree Students

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students. Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.