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 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 three Divisions, each led by a division chairperson.

The Academic Divisions are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business, Education & Social Sciences
  • Natural, Applied & Health Sciences

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 Business, Education & Social Sciences Natural, Applied & Health Sciences
Art Economics, Accounting and Business Exercise & Health Sciences
Communication, Media & Theatre Education Biology
English Library Chemistry
Music Political Science and Criminal Justice Geology
Religion and Philosophy Psychology Math and Computer Science
World Languages Sociology and Health Studies Nursing
History   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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