Emerson College

Established in 1880, Emerson College is named for its founding president, Charles Wesley Emerson, an orator, preacher, and teacher. Over the years, the institution has evolved from a small New England school of oratory to a multifaceted college with an international reputation.

Emerson College offers educational programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate men and women to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in communication and the arts and to pursue scholarship and work that brings innovation to these disciplines.

Emerson College, located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, is the nation’s premier institution in higher education devoted to communication and the arts in a liberal arts context.

Emerson is internationally recognized in its fields of specialization, which are communication studies; marketing communication; journalism; communication sciences and disorders; visual and media arts; the performing arts; and writing, literature and publishing.



  • Acting (BFA)
  • Business of Creative Enterprises (BA)
  • Comedic Arts (BFA)
  • Communication Disorders (BS)
  • Communication Studies (BS)
  • Honors Program
  • Interdisciplinary Major
  • Journalism (BS)
  • Marketing Communication (BS)
  • Media Arts Production (BFA)
  • Media Studies (BA)
  • Musical Theatre (BFA)
  • Political Communication (BS)
  • Production (BA)
  • Stage & Production Management (BFA)
  • Stage & Screen Design/Technology (BFA)
  • Theatre (BFA)
  • Theatre Design/Technology (BFA)
  • Theatre Education (BFA)
  • Theatre Education & Performance (BFA)
  • Theatre & Performance (BFA)
  • Writing, Literature, & Publishing (BA)
  • Writing, Literature, & Publishing (BFA)


Undergraduate Minors

  • African American & Africana Studies
  • Art History
  • Business Studies for Communication and the Arts
  • Dance
  • Digital Media & Culture
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fiction
  • Global & Post-Colonial Studies
  • Health Communication
  • Hearing and Deafness
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Leadership and Management
  • Literature
  • Marketing Communication: Advertising and Public Relations
  • Music Appreciation
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Political Communication
  • Political Science
  • Publishing
  • Psychology
  • Radio
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Writing


Key Facts

Our faculty: 456 full and part time faculty members
Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
Location: Urban campus in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts
Enrollment: 3,757 undergraduate and 758 graduate students from 48 U.S. states and 57 countries


#8 in Regional Universities North – U.S. News & World Report
#4 Best College Theater Program – The Princeton review
#13 Most Entrepreneurial – Forbes


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