The Department of Social Science and Public Affairs

As a regionally accredited university of the State University of New York, Empire State University's Department of Social Science and Public Affairs offers degrees in two registered areas: social science and public affairs. We also offer a Bachelor of Science degree 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

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

Nondegree Students

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