Our academic programs provide students with transformative experiences to improve the human condition through critical thinking and inquiry, collaboration, imagination, empathy, and service. These experiences translate to innumerable career opportunities after graduation.

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Aging Studies

Minnesota State Mankato's innovative Aging Studies program prepares students to have a meaningful impact on society by supporting individuals as they age.


At Minnesota State Mankato, students explore each of the four sub-fields of anthropology—archaeology, biological, sociocultural and linguistic—and interact with faculty who have worked in the field around the world.

Art & Design

Our program is devoted to the development of concepts, attitudes and skills in the visual arts within a broad university curriculum of liberal arts orientation.

Communication and Media

The study of communication and media prepares students to become engaged, knowledgeable, and ethical communicators, advocates, and storytellers. We inspire students to embrace media technologies, create diverse stories, think critically about social relations, and foster the public good.

Creative Writing

The creative writing curriculum assumes that writing and reading are complementary activities. So, students read some of the best literary works of the past and present while exploring issues of craft and genre that will allow them to take their writing to a new level.


Our Dance Program is a dynamic and growing field of study that provides students with a rich program of study, multiple degree options, diverse performance opportunities and off-campus events. Students receive a comprehensive education grounded in a liberal arts education.


English students learn the flexible thinking, creativity, and empathy that the current job market demands and global citizenship requires. Our classes cultivate the adaptable skills of reading and writing, creative and literary thinking, analysis and research, and cutting-edge presentation skills.

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program, academically committed to promoting multicultural and ethnic knowledge, skills and values both within and outside the United States and to preparing our students for effective participation in culturally diverse global communities.


More than 300 million people speak French on all five continents. It is also the most popular second language after English, and the third-most widely spoken language in the United States.

Gender & Women's Studies

The Gender & Women's Studies Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato contributes to feminist and social concerns through undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses. We appeal to a wide variety of disciplines, professions, research interests, and ideological perspectives.


Geography studies the interactions between people and our environment, and it uses cutting-edge geospatial technologies to solve real-world problems. Geospatial technologies provide students with skills in high demand in the workforce.


More than 220 million people speak German worldwide and the German program prepares its students to thrive as global citizens in a diverse world. Students acquire language proficiency and cultural competence that provide insight into the culture, literature, and history of German-speaking countries.


The Department of History prepares students for the future by helping them understand how the past affects the present and develop critical thinking and rhetorical skills. Our graduates are poised to become leaders, teachers, lawyers and more.


Our program reaches beyond expectations, both creatively and academically, and students gain hands-on experience in professional settings. Find your passion creating music, performing on stage, managing behind-the-scenes business details, or educating the next generation.

Music Industry

There are numerous opportunities in the growing music and media industries. The business emphasis focuses on creative entrepreneurship and strategic marketing. The songwriting/audio production track offers students a creative career perspective on the industry.

Nonprofit Leadership

The Nonprofit Leadership Program (NPL) prepares students for careers and service in the ever-growing nonprofit sector. This interdisciplinary program can be completed online, and students on or near campus can select from a greater number of courses that are part of the program.


Psychology is the scientific study of the effects of individual, social, physiological, developmental, and environmental factors on thoughts, feelings, and behavior.


The sociology program at Minnesota State, Mankato leads to careers in academic and applied settings including human services, government, business, nonprofit organizations and social action organizations.


Close to 500 million people speak Spanish and 20 countries have it as their official language. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S., giving you a local and a global advantage when it comes to job and business opportunities, travel, and life experiences.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program

Our program trains students to teach English learners in a variety of contexts, including higher education, K-12, and abroad. The program also prepares students for careers in non-teaching areas, such as language program administration, curriculum and assessment development, and support services.

Technical Communication Program

Technical communication classes will teach you to communicate ideas and information effectively. We typically study how people communicate at work and we focus upon making documents that are clear, concise, accurate, thorough, and easy for the audience to use.

Theatre Arts

Our program offers an array of opportunities exploring a wide range of dramatic literature and movement possibilities in three performance venues. We provide students the highest caliber of training in theatre and the southern Minnesota region with a multifaceted, high-quality theatrical experience.

Urban and Regional Studies

The Urban and Regional Studies Institute offers interdisciplinary, national award-winning, accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs oriented toward examining and understanding the broad range of problems and challenges associated with the nation's urban and regional areas.

World Languages & Cultures

Proficiency in another language opens doors to opportunities in many professional fields. Students acquire knowledge and skills in global citizenship, diversity, and critical thinking with local and worldwide relevance. We also offer study-abroad opportunities to enhance the learning experience.