At the undergraduate level Clark offers a challenging liberal arts curriculum that encourages students to think critically, engage with major global challenges, and develop the breadth of capabilities necessary for success in career and citizenship. Clark provides students many of the benefits typically associated with an excellent liberal arts college, including small classes, a strong sense of community, extensive cocurricular opportunities, and faculty who are passionate about teaching and mentoring students. In addition, as a research university Clark offers students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scholarship and creative work, working side-by-side with faculty and graduate students, many of whom are international leaders in their fields. The smaller scale of the institution fosters close, active collaborations among faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. The University's dynamic learning environment and social values encourage students to seek out innovative solutions to real-world problems and create positive change in our community and our world.
Clark University's Program of Liberal Studies is based on a ways-of-knowing approach to liberal education in which students are introduced to the ways in which different fields and disciplines organize ideas and engage with questions. Undergraduates can choose from among 32 majors (which includes a self-designed major), 32 minors and 10 interdisciplinary concentrations. The largest undergraduate majors (by enrollment) are psychology, government and international relations, English, and business management. One hallmark of all of our majors is the opportunity for students to engage in original research and creative work with faculty. Students present the results of their work at campus-wide celebrations of student accomplishments that take place in the fall and spring each year.
In addition to majors and minors, Clark University offers a range of special academic program opportunities. The International Studies Stream is a program that allows students to complete their Program of Liberal Studies requirements with a series of courses that explicitly engage with global concerns. Through courses, speakers programs, internships and study abroad opportunities, the International Studies Stream provides a broad based international experience for students. Other opportunities at Clark include a university-wide innovation and entrepreneurship program, a rich array of internship and study abroad options, and a variety of summer research opportunities for students.
Clark has received national attention for its accelerated degree program that allows students to complete both a B.A. degree and a master's degree in five years, with the fifth year tuition-free for eligible students.
Graduate and Professional Programs
At the graduate level, Clark enrolls students in doctoral and master's degree programs. Doctoral degrees are offered in the following disciplines: biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, economics, geography, history, psychology and physics. The Department of International Development, Community and Environment offers inter-disciplinary master's degrees in international development and social change, environmental science and policy, geographic information science, and community development and planning. The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree based on a year of course work and a thesis.
Within the Graduate School of Management Clark University offers a full-time Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance degree. The M.B.A. is also offered on a part-time basis. Dual M.B.A./MA degrees are offered in community development and planning, and environmental science and policy. Recognized by The Princeton Review as a Best Business School and accredited by AACSB International, the Graduate School of Management is a small, academically rigorous global business school that offers a personalized, collaborative learning experience.
The College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE)
COPACE provides undergraduate and graduate degrees tailored to adult learners. In addition to the main campus in Worcester, programs are offered in Israel, Poland and Russia. At the undergraduate level COPACE offers both the B.A. and the B.S. degree in a variety of disciplines. Graduate degrees offered include Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Professional Communication, and a Master of Science in Information Technology.