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Bachelor's Degree Programs

Our diverse selection of undergraduate majors assures you can pursue your passion, whatever it may be, as you begin the journey to the career of your choosing. We offer more than two-dozen undergraduate programs, many in conjunction with other colleges on campus.

Our programs include:

* = [Educator Licensure required] through the Teacher Education Program

*Agriculture Education+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Agriculture)

Our graduates work directly with youths and adults in a variety of agriculture arenas including classrooms, 4-H, cooperative extension and the industry. You’ll experience teaching, public relations and leadership training and have the opportunity to participate in collegiate agricultural organizations, too.  More >>

*Art Education+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts)

Joining with the School of Art and Design, we offer this program covering the various aspects of art education.  Our students develop and teach programs in the Saturday Young Artists Workshop series as well as in various community settings during their study.  More >>

Behavior Analysis and Therapy+ -

Rehabilitation Institute

SIU's Bachelor of Science program in behavior analysis and therapy offers a degree that is in demand and the opportunity to help people in need.

The program, which is one of only two in the country, gives students the tools to work with those with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism, the elderly and more. The curriculum emphasizes the assessment and measurement of behavior, the use of single-system research methodology to evaluate the efficacy of behavioral interventions and the application of behavioral principles to a wide variety of clinical and social problems. Curriculum GuideMore >>

*Biological Science Education+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Science)

Students wishing to pursue a career in secondary-school biology education, a preprofessional human-health curriculum, or an interdisciplinary program in ecology. Students must choose one of these specializations to complete their degree. The Biological Sciences major provides interdepartmental, interdisciplinary training for specific career-paths in the life sciences. The curriculum is drawn from the resources of four life-science departments (Microbiology, Physiology, Plant Biology, and Zoology), each of which has its own undergraduate degree. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Early Childhood + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

You have two specialization options in this program:  child and family services or preschool/primary.  While both choices prepare you for careers working with young children you decide if it is within a school setting or at non-public school settings including Head Start or childcare facilities. More >>
Child and Family Services (Non-Licensure) | Curriculum Guide
*Preschool/primary | Curriculum Guide

*Elementary Education + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Teachers make the world better one child at a time and our program prepares you for a career teaching in grades kindergarten through nine. You’ll find our graduates in public and private classrooms across the country and beyond.  Curriculum GuideMore >>

*English Language Arts+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the Department of English)

This program, accredited by the Illinois State Office of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, prepares you for certification as a high school English teacher. You will study language analysis and adolescent literature and learn best methods for teaching English. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Exercise Science + -


Prepares students to manage health and fitness programs in corporate and clinical settings.  It also lays the groundwork for graduate study in physiology, biomechanics and motor behavior, and is becoming the major of choice for those pursuing health professions careers such as occupational health, physical therapy, medicine or even pharmaceutical sales.  About one-third of our exercise science students continue on to health careers. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Foreign Languages: + -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts)

Foreign Language Education Guide

French:  A major or even a minor in French enhances career opportunities in the field of education and beyond. This program, from COEHS and the College of Liberal Arts, gives you the tools you need to travel or work overseas or for research, study and teaching. Curriculum GuideMore >>

German: The German Studies Major is a versatile program and can be customized to complement a student's interest in various fields of study, while majoring or minoring in German.  Curriculum Guide

For information on transfer credits, assessment, placement, validating credit, and proficiency exams, see the Foreign Languages and Literatures section in the undergraduate catalog. Students who enter SIU with previous training in the language should consult with a language area advisor before enrolling for classes.

Spanish:  Through a variety of venues, activities and learning experiences, our students develop a high level of Spanish language proficiency and a broader knowledge of the Spanish speaking world. Since Spanish is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world and second in the U.S. only to English, graduates of this program will find enhanced job opportunities in many fields. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*History Education+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The History Education program of study is one of two ways to work toward licensure in Social Science Education with a Designation in History. This program allows teacher candidates to teach the social sciences and be considered a “highly qualified” secondary education teacher in history with a heavy emphasis in historiography, American history, and world history. Curriculum GuideMore >>

Leisure Services Management+ -

(Public Health and Recreation Professions)

Graduates of this health education and recreation program are immediately eligible to take the examination to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. That’s a valuable credential for those seeking professional advancement in the field and your training includes internships, field experiences and more. Curriculum GuideMore >>

*Mathematics Education + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Here’s your chance to share your love of numbers and calculations with others. Graduates of this program can teach high school mathematics or find employment in business or industry. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Music Education + -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the School of Music)

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a professional degree that leads to eligibility for licensure to teach music in the public schools for the State of Illinois. More >>

Public Health + -

(Public Health and Recreation Professions)

Graduates of the undergraduate program in Public Health conduct health education and health promotion activities in non-classroom settings.
 Curriculum GuideMore >>

Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management+ -

(Public Health and Recreation Professions)

Graduates of this program, a recreation major specialization, can be certified as Wilderness First Responders and/or Leave No Trace educators. The program includes field experiences and an internship. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Rehabilitation Services + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

Our graduates work with people with all types of disabilities in a variety of settings, helping them live as independently as possible and participate as fully as they can in life.  The program provides students with the skills, tools and knowledge to succeed in the myriad careers possible in the rehabilitation field. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Social Work + -

(School of Social Work)

Our program, which includes a special focus on rural areas, delivers the professional social workers who meet human services needs in the region and around the world.  In the context of culture and diversity, our students learn what evidence proves works as they prepare for careers in a variety of social service areas.  Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Special Education (LBS1) + -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

We prepare the highly skilled educators who teach in the field of special education or who serve in administrative positions at the elementary and secondary school levels.  This program also offers specialty options allowing our graduates to become learning behavior specialists or early childhood special education educators or earn dual certifications. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Sport Administration + -


Our graduates are finding a growing demand for those with sports administration expertise in the fast-growing sports industry.  Learn about the management, legal, ethical, business, sociological and psychological aspects of sports and find employment options in sport marketing, facility and event management, coaching, sports media, business operations, athletic management and more. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Therapeutic Recreation+ -

(Public Health and Recreation Professions)

Upon completion of this health education and recreation program, you’re eligible to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional examination, a valuable professional advancement credential.  The program includes an internship, field experiences and a comprehensive educational experience. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Workforce Education and Development+ -

(Workforce Education and Development)

The Department of Workforce Education and Development is committed to linking education, work, and training to improve competitiveness within the workforce. We offer programs of study from undergraduate through doctoral degrees in an array of curricula to fit student's interests, career goals, and schedules. More >>
Organizational Training and Development
Regular Option | Curriculum Guide
Instruction and Learning Specialist Career Track | Curriculum Guide
Human Resources Specialist Career Track |  Curriculum Guide