Academics

Degrees and Programs

Academics

Degree Programs

Concordia University Chicago offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts & sciences, business and education. A Concordia education prepares you academically, intellectually, practically and ethically to find a meaningful career or vocation.

Undergraduate

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    1. Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Programs

      It's Evening. It's Accessible. It's Online. It's On-Campus. It's Concordia. Program Offerings: Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management (online & on campus) Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management (online & on-campus) Bachelor...

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    2. Accounting Degree

      Accounting is more than an information system that measures the performance of a business. It is the “language of business.” The better you understand this language, the better you can manage a business. That is the value of earning a degree in accounting.

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    3. Applied Microscopy

      Concordia’s applied microscopy program allows you to take advantage of our partnership with the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. Concordia’s outstanding faculty and natural science programs provide excellent foundational instruction, while the Hooke College of Applied Sciences offers specialized education from its experienced staff scientists and hands-on training with a wide range of state-of-the-art microscopy instrumentation.

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    4. Art

      Do you enjoy expressing your creative side through art? Are you fascinated with art history?  Does using art in a business or helping profession appeal to you? The Studio Art program at Concordia University Chicago focuses on the many aspects of art ranging from history to painting to desktop publishing, and prepares you for a career that uses your artistic expression.

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    5. Art Education

      Art teachers are dedicated to making their subject accessible, understandable and meaningful to their students. They are advocates who can articulate in a day-to-day classroom setting the importance of student learning in the visual arts.

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    6. Art Education Programs

      Are you interested in showing young people the value of art in their lives, and helping them explore and develop their artistic talents? Concordia-Chicago’s Art Education program will teach you a variety of learning styles related to art production, art history, art criticism and art aesthetics, as well as sharpening your skills in studio processes.

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    1. BA, Healthcare Management

      Program Overview The health care industry today is evolving which has opened opportunities for the creation of many new and exciting careers. The health care management field focuses on planning, directing, or coordinating medical and health...

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    2. BA, Organizational Management

      Organizational management focuses on the fundamentals of business including marketing, finance, human resources management and development.

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    3. BA, Sports & Recreation Management

      The program prepares persons to enter or progress in positions within several sectors of the sports industry, including professional organizations, college athletics and recreational or commercial facilities.

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    4. Biology

      In the broadest sense, biology is the study of life—looked at through molecular, organismal, cellular and global perspectives. Studying biology teaches a person to ask questions, judge evidence and solve problems.

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    5. Business Communications Degree

      A business communications degree is more than just writing press releases. It is the coordination and integration of all marketing communication tools, avenues and sources within a company into a strategy that achieves the organization’s goals.

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    6. Business Management with a Music Emphasis

      A degree focused on both music and business gives you the foundation for a career combining administration and the arts in a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

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    1. Chemistry

      Are you interested in studying medicine, forensics or chemistry?  Do you enjoy lab work? Do you want to enter medical school? 

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    2. Communication

      Are you interested in public relations, personnel or marketing? How about television and radio broadcasting, production or publications? Then communication is the major for you. Our communication major and minor are well rounded and based in the liberal arts tradition.

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    3. Comprehensive MBA

      If you're looking for an advanced business foundation in all major skill areas, the comprehensive MBA will prepare you to take on leadership responsibilities across a range of disciplines including marketing, finance, management and economics.

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    4. Computer Information Systems

      Computer Information Systems is the foundation for the management of information and data. It is the study of how to plan, develop and support computerized systems. The discipline involves more than just writing code. It includes the study of algorithms, data structures, languages, operating systems and hardware.

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    5. Criminal Justice

      Students pursuing a Criminal Justice degree will obtain an interdisciplinary experience, rooted in the social sciences, which incorporates theory and practice. Students are able to tailor their degrees by enrolling for courses in sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy and social work.

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    1. Deaconess Studies

      Through the long-standing Deaconess Studies program, you will be equipped to serve people in need through  congregations, agencies, institutions or missionary work.  Deaconesses have a wide range of responsibilities, which can include teaching, visitation, ministering to the grieving, counseling, and helping others to use their gifts of service.

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    2. Director of Christian Education (DCE)

      Concordia’s DCE program will prepare you for a rewarding ministry career through ministry-specific courses, valuable field experience, and personal interaction with experienced DCE faculty and active DCEs serving in the Chicago area.

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    3. Director of Parish Music

      The Director of Parish Music (DPM) Program is for students who want to participate in ministry in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) by sharing their musical gifts and becoming an integral member of a congregation. 

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    1. Early Childhood Education

      First established in 1864 as Addison Teachers Seminary, Concordia University Chicago continues its proud legacy of educating teachers for private and public schools. Students who major in early childhood education learn how to teach children from infancy through third grade. Hands-on experience is a cornerstone of our program.

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    2. Elementary Education

      Elementary school teachers are certified to teach grades Kindergarten through eight. At Concordia-Chicago, it’s a rigorous certification, preparing you to teach allsubject areas: reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music and physical education. 

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    3. Emergency Medical Services

      Emergency Medical Services encompasses a variety of opportunities such as critical care transport, aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams and industrial medicine. Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental or hospital-based ambulance companies.

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    4. English

      A liberal arts degree in English prepares you to read and interpret texts, think critically, and write effectively.  Literary study also focuses on deepening your understanding of human life and culture.   An English degree can prepare you for a variety of different careers.  Many students also use the B.A. in English as preparation for graduate study, either in English or in other areas like ministry, law, or library science.   

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    5. English, Secondary Education

      In conjunction with the College of Education, you can earn a degree in secondary education with a major in English.  This will prepare you to teach English at the secondary level.  The program combines rigorous study in English with the professional course work leading to certification as a secondary English teacher.

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    6. Environmental Science

      Environmental science professionals are committed to studying the effects of humans, industry, production and other sources of pollution on nature and the environment.

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    7. Exercise Science

      Are you interested in corporate fitness, recreational fitness, personal training or cardiac rehabilitation? Have you considered a career as a strength and conditioning coach or work in other allied health professions? Are you looking to build a strong foundation of knowledge to pursue graduate studies in a specialized exercise science related field such as athletic training, physical therapy, oroccupational therapy?

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    1. Geography

      Are you fascinated by maps? Do you like to travel? Do differences between one place and another intrigue you? Are you concerned about the impact of people on the physical environment? 

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    2. Graphic Arts

      The Graphic Arts program at Concordia University Chicago combines both good designing skills with the technical knowledge to excel in the publishing and printing world.

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    1. Health Sciences

      The Pre-Professional Health Sciences program  is a package of courses for the student whose academic or professional plans require a broad base of science courses. If you’re interested in attending medical, dental or veterinary schools, or pursuing graduate study in nursing (generalist), occupational therapy or physical therapy, this program will prepare you well.

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    2. History

      Are you interested in exploring the lineage of governments both free and totalitarian, the fate of nations, and the origins of the world we live in?  What about the influence of minorities on the history of their various countries? if you answered yes to these questions, then the History program at CUC is a perfect match for you.

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    1. Journalism

      The Journalism program at Concordia University Chicago focuses on the writing, communication, social media, broadcast and print skills necessary for success in today’s world of journalism.

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    1. Lutheran Teacher Education

      Our Lutheran Teacher Education program is specifically intended for those who are called to serve in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod schools. This program will equip you with the education and certification necessary to become a teacher in Lutheran schools at the early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education levels.

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    1. Management Degree

      A management degree is about more than just people and processes. Management brings together people and the process of attaining organizational goals in the dynamic marketplace that we see in business today.

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    2. Marketing Degree

      A marketing degree is about more than just buyers and sellers, surveys and focus groups. It is the ability to develop strategies for allocating a company’s resources in order to achieve its objective.

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    3. Mathematics

      What’s among the most fascinating of all disciplines…the purest of all art forms…the most challenging of games? If you answered “math,” you may have found your major!

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    4. Media Arts Administration

      Media Arts Administration encompasses a diverse range of positions in agencies, film distribution companies, commercial radio and television stations, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. It requires individuals who communicate well in speaking and writing, know the latest technology, and understand how to effectively use information in today’s rapidly changing media environment.

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    5. Media Arts Administration, B.A.

      Media arts administration encompasses a diverse range of managerial, financial, marketing and development positions within the media and arts world: working for film distributiors, museums, television and radio stations, digital production houses, cinemas, film festivals and other media arts organizations.

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    6. Music

      Music is a vital part of the college atmosphere at Concordia University Chicago. As a student, you can find your place in music at Concordia whether you are taking courses in music, participating in ensembles orenjoying music as a listener.

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    7. Music Education

      This program combines two of Concordia’s strengths: music and education. We recognize the value of music in the lives of all students, providing quality programs, faculty and ensembles that exceed those of many other universities of comparable size.

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    8. Music Education

      Are you interested in teaching music to others? The Music Education program at Concordia University Chicago prepares you to teach music in elementary or secondary school settings.

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    9. Music with a Business Emphasis

      Earning your degree focused on both music and business gives you the foundation for a career combining administration and the arts in a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

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    1. Natural Science

      Are you considering becoming a doctor, nurse, dentist,pharmacist or veterinarian? Are you interested inusing science to work with and help those in need? Is graduate school part of your future plans? 

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    2. Not-for-Profit/Church Management

      In not-for-profit organizations and churches, doing business today means meeting payroll, providing health insurance, managing staff, maintaining facilities and minimizing risks and liabilities. Not-for-profit professionals are increasingly asked to deal with these matters and to handle them with a CEO-type efficiency.

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    3. Nursing Degree Program

      Earn your Nursing degree from Concordia University Chicago and Resurrection University. Our unique program allows you to earn a bachelor of sciencedegree in Nursing from two accredited institutions, while you enjoy the benefits of being a student at two nationally recognized universities. 

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    1. Philosophy

      Philosophy attempts to understand the nature of reality and how we can know about it. It enriches the understanding of human nature and human culture and sharpens the capacity to think clearly and precisely. You will become familiar with traditional philosophic issues and some of the attempts to solve them.

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    2. Physical Education

      Are you passionate about working with elementary, middle school, or high school students? Would you like to learn about various teaching strategies and methodology that will lead students to discover how to develop an active and healthy lifestyle? Click the details link above for more information.

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    3. Physical Education

      Are you passionate about working with elementary, middle school, or high school students? Would you like to learn about various teaching strategies and methodology that will lead students to discover how to develop an active and healthy lifestyle? Click the details link above for more information.

       

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    4. Political Science

      If you’re interested in law, American government, politics, political theory, policy studies or international relations, Concordia University Chicago offers you the opportunity to study any of these of subjects and more in the department of political science. This program includes courses about all levels in government, political theory, public administration and much more, which are designed to give students a well-rounded and accurate view of their nation and the world.

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    5. Pre-Law, Criminal Law and Social Justice

      The program will help you understand the legal institutions and issues faced by America’s legal, correctional and justice professionals. It is flexible and interdisciplinary, combining courses in political science, sociology, philosophy, psychology and social work.

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    6. Pre-Seminary

      Our Pre-Seminary program designates coursework to be taken within a liberal arts or education degree track, which fulfills seminary entrance requirements. Students completing all the prescribed coursework will be identified as having completed the pre-seminary program of studies on their transcripts.

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    7. Psychology

      Psychology focuses on understanding two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As scientists looking to contribute solutions to problems, psychologists follow the scientific method through careful observation, experimentation and data analysis to develop intervention strategies, applying scientific principles.

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    1. Secondary Education

      Are you interested in teaching high school students, preparing them to enter the workforce or college? Concordia’s Secondary Education program prepares you to be an educator in a specific subject area, teaching grades 6-12.

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    2. Social Work

      It takes a special person to care for the needs of others, to listen with an open heart, to establish trust and confidence in a helping relationship. Social workers devote themselves to helping individuals, couples and families function effectively.

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    3. Sociology

      Several popular classes focus on research providing students with opportunities to conduct original work under the guidance of a faculty member. Recent research projects have focused on the homeless, the dynamics of congregations, family interactions, labor unions, the assimilation of minority groups and criminal justice.

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    4. Spanish

      The Spanish program at Concordia University Chicago is an excellent starting point for those interested in other cultures, intrigued by the travel and tourism industry, or seeking to break the communication barrier to help those in need.

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    5. Special Education

      Special Education teachers are in great demand-they modify lessons to cater to the various special learning needs of children and help develop positive social skills.They also believe that every child can learn, regardless of special circumstances. As more special-needs conditions are recognized and discovered, the demand for special education teachers will only grow.

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    6. Sports Management Degree

      People assigned the responsibility for managing sports programs and facilities must be familiar with sports and recreation, while also being effective leaders and business professionals. This is where earning your degree in business administration focused on sports management comes in.

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    1. Theatre

      Located within one of America’s most celebrated theater hubs, Concordia University Chicago’s Theatre Department offers students unique access to professional training in an intimate lab setting. Our Theatre program reflects the best of Chicago theaters by treating students as members of a vibrant theater company who have ample opportunities to shape the nature of that company.

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    2. Theatre Administration

      Are you passionate about the performing arts but aren’ tas interested in practicing the arts? Are you passionate about performing but also interested in the business aspects of theater?

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    3. Theatre Arts Administration, B.A.

      Are you passionate about the performing arts but aren't as interested in practicing the arts? Are you passionate about performing, but also interested in the business aspects of theatre? The Theatre Arts Administration program at CUC offers you the opportunity to explore both the theatre and business side through two different degree tracks.

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    4. Theological Languages

      The Theological Languages program allows you to earn a major or minor in biblical languages. You will study Greek, Hebrew and Latin-learning to communicate, comprehend and write each language. Students interested in this program often pursue careers as pastors, professors and language experts.

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    5. Theology

      Our bachelor of arts degree in theology is a broad-based program that prepares students to be future teachers, satisfies career options, and is excellent preparation for students interested in continuing their education at the graduate level. Our courses offer in-depth studies in areas such as biblical studies, systematic theology, historical theology, Christian education and Christianity in society.

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    1. Visual Arts Administration

      Concordia’s Visual Arts Administration degree develops an exciting range of skills to create a well-equipped individual who will excel in culturally rich art environments and organizations such as museums, art galleries, art agencies, educational institutions, commercial arts and public art.

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    2. Visual Arts Administration

      Concordia’s Visual Arts Administration degree develops an exciting range of skills to create a well-equipped individual who will excel in culturally rich art environments and organizations such as museums, art galleries, art agencies, educational institutions, commercial arts and public art. The administrative aspect will help you build relevant management and leadership skills to serve both not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.

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    1. Women's and Gender Studies

      The first program of its kind in the Concordia University System, this interdisciplinary program explores gender as a theory and as a practice -- and how it affects psychology, sociology, art and a range of other disciplines. The core faculty for our program are all trained in women’s and gender studies in their respective fields.

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Required Courses

The required courses in each degree program can befound in the 2013-14 catalog: