Academic Affairs

Understanding the Academic Structure

The following is a brief overview of Muskingum University's academic structure, particularly as it pertains to the traditional undergraduate education program.

The President of the University serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

The Provost - as Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer - is responsible for administrative oversight of all academic programs, and is specifically charged with administrative responsibility for the traditional undergraduate program.

  • Graduate Programs and the Muskingum Adult Degree Completion Program (MAP) are overseen by the Office of Graduate & Continuing Studies (GCS), headed by the Vice President for Graduate & Continuing Studies.

Academic Units

The academic units of Muskingum University are grouped within four Divisions, each led by a division chairperson.

The Academic Divisions are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education
  • Science
  • Social Science

The Academic Divisions are further divided into Departments that are each led by a department chairperson.

Divisions and Departments


Divisions and Departments
Arts and Humanities Education Science Social Science
Art Economics, Accounting and Business Biology History
Communication, Media & Theatre Education Chemistry Political Science
English   Geology Psychology
Music   Informatics Sociology
Religion and Philosophy   Mathematics and Computer Science Health Science
World Languages   Nursing  
    Physics and Engineering  

Academic Majors and Minors

The academic majors are housed within the various departments, as are the academic minors.

Majors are areas of concentrated study generally composed of a set grouping of required courses, plus a selection of related electives. The total number of credits required by a given major varies by discipline, but generally amounts to about thirty to fifty credits.

  • Webpage listing Muskingum University's majors.

Minors, by contrast, consist of about fifteen to twenty credits within a specific discipline. Unless required by a particular major, minors are not required for graduation. Since, however, many of the minors are composed of credits within a major and/or a related major, adding a minor is an effective way for students to broaden their acquired competencies and skills, and to diversify their transcript and demonstrated proficiencies from the perspective of future employers.

  • Webpage listing Muskingum University's minors (Bottom right of linked page)
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