Programs of Study

The baccalaureate degree requires at least 120 semester hours of credit. These are to be distributed among the core requirements for general education, the major, and the remainder as free electives or additional requirements in subjects other than the major.

Students should note that enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize eligibility for certain student aid awards. Daemen College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of New York to award degrees and certificates. Following is a listing of degree programs registered by the New York State Education Department. Certificate programs are listed following minors and specializations. All Daemen College programs are approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and other eligible persons. The list is arranged in alphabetical order. LOOK IN THE INDEX TO THIS CATALOG TO FIND DEPARTMENTS, PROGRAMS, MAJORS, AND SUBJECTS OR TOPICS THAT MAY NOT APPEAR IN THIS LIST OR THAT MAY BE KNOWN BY ANOTHER NAME.

The number prefixes are the HEGIS codes assigned by the New York State Education Department when programs are registered. The programs, academic disciplines, and departments at Daemen College are grouped into two academic divisions:

Arts & Sciences (A & S)

Health & Human Services (H & HS)

Refer to the indicated division section later in this catalog for degree requirements and course descriptions. Entry-level BS/MS and DPT programs are described in this Catalog. For post-baccalaureate graduate programs, consult the Daemen College Graduate Catalog.

Degrees are available in the following majors




0502 B.S. Accounting H & HS
0502 B.S./M.S.** Accounting/Professional Accountancy H & HS
0401.01 B.S. Adolescence Education: Biology A & S
0803 M.S.+

Adolescence Education: Biology, English, French, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish

H & HS
1501.01 B.A. Adolescence Education: English A & S
1102.01 B.A. Adolescence Education: French A & S
1701.01 B.A. Adolescence Education: Mathematics A & S
2201.01 B.A. Adolescence Education: Social Studies A & S
1105.01 B.A. Adolescence Education: Spanish

A & S

1203.10 M.S. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner H & HS
1203.10 D.N.P. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner H & HS
0899.50 M.S.

Alt Cert: Childhood Special Education
and General Education (TRANS B) - Initial/Professional

H & HS
0899.50 M.S.

Alt Cert: Early Childhood Special Education and General Education (TRANS B) - Initial/Professional

H & HS
1099 B.F.A. Animation A & S
1007 B.S. Applied Theater A & S
1002 B.F.A. Art A & S
1002 B.S. Art A & S
1009 B.S. Arts Administration A & S
0599 M.S. Arts Administration A & S
1299.30 M.S. Athletic Training H & HS
0414 B.S. Biochemistry A & S
0401 B.S. Biology A & S
0401/1223 B.S./M.S.*** Biology/Cytotechnology A & S
0506 B.S. Business Administration H & HS
0506/0506 B.S./M.S.** Business Administration/Global Business H & HS
0802 B.S. Childhood Education H & HS
0802 M.S.+

Childhood Education Initial/Professional Certification

H & HS
0808 B.S.

Childhood Education/Special Education: Inclusive Childhood Education

H & HS
0808 B.S.

Early Childhood Education/Special Education: Early Childhood Education

H & HS
1501 B.A. English A & S
0599 M.S. Executive Leadership and Change H & HS
1102 B.A. French A & S
4901 B.A. Global and Local Sustainability A & S
0506 M.S. Global Business H & HS
1009 B.F.A. Graphic Design A & S
1201 B.S. Health Care Studies H & HS
1201/1299.30 B.S./M.S.*** Health Care Studies/Athletic Training H & HS
2205 B.A. History A & S
2205 B.A.

History and Political Science

A & S
4901 B.A. Individualized Studies Inter-divisional
4901 B.A. Liberal Studies A & S
1701 B.A. Mathematics A & S
4902 B.S. Natural Science A & S
1203.10 B.S. Nursing H & HS
1203.10 B.S./M.S.*

Nursing/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

H & HS
1203.10 M.S. Nursing Education H & HS
1203.10 M.S. Nursing Executive Leadership H & HS
1203.10 D.N.P. Palliative Care Nursing H & HS
5099 B.S. Paralegal Studies H & HS
1212 D.P.T. Physical Therapy H & HS
1201/1299.10 B.S./M.S.** Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Studies H & HS
1299.10 M.S. Physician Assistant Studies H & HS
2207 B.A. Political Science A & S
2001 B.A. Psychology A & S
1214  M.P.H  Public Health  H & HS 
1510 B.A. Religious Studies A & S
2104 B.A. Social Work H & HS
1105 B.A. Spanish A & S
0808 M.S.

Special Education: Childhood Education Initial/Professional Certification

H & HS
0808 M.S.

Special Education: Childhood Education Professional Certification

H & HS
1002 B.S. Visual Arts Education H & HS

* accelerated dual-degree program leading to B.S./M.S. degrees – separate degree conferrals

** entry-level Master's program leading to B.S./M.S. degrees – combined degree conferrals

*** entry level Master’s program leading to BS/MS degrees – separate degree conferrals

+ inactive program - no new students are currently being accepted

Minors for Non-Majors

NOTE: All requirements for a minor must be completed in full by the time the requirements for one’s major are fulfilled.

Minors for Non-Majors are available in

  • Accounting
  • Administration - Public
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atlantic Studies
  • Biology
  • Black Studies
  • Business – General
  • Business – International
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Society & Sustainable Communities
  • Community Health Promotion
  • Composition/Writing
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Forensic Studies
  • French
  • General Business
  • Global and Local Sustainability
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • History - Public
  • Human Resource Management – (limited to Accounting and Business majors and General Business minors)
  • Illustration
  • International Business
  • Literature
  • Marketing – (limited to Accounting and Business majors and General Business minors)
  • Mathematics
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Professional Medical Writing
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public History
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Spanish
  • Special Education – (open to all students except those pursuing teacher certification in Special Education)
  • Sport Management – (limited to Accounting and Business majors and General Business minors)
  • Sustainability - Global and Local
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women’s Studies

Core hours and free electives may be structured to fulfill various minor sequences upon advisement. Students interested in pursuing a minor(s) are required to file a Declaration of Minor form in the Registration Office.

The following specializations/tracks are available within degree programs

  • Accounting (option available in the M.S., Global Business)
  • Business - General
  • Business - International
  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Community Health (with choice of track in: Community Health Education; Administrative Aspects of Health; Community Health Principles)
  • Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices
  • Comprehensive Arts
  • Drawing/Illustration (with choice of emphasis in Drawing or Illustration)
  • Environmental Studies (as part of degree programs in Biology; History & Political Science; Natural Science)
  • Fine Arts
  • Forensic Science
  • General Business
  • Health & Fitness Training
  • Health Professions (option available in the M.S., Executive Leadership and Change)
  • Health Science
  • Higher Education (option available in the M.S., Executive Leadership and Change)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Individualized Studies (as part of the Natural Science degree)
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations (option available in the M.S., Executive Leadership and Change)
  • Painting
  • Pre-Professional Studies (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dentistry)
  • Public Relations/Communications
  • Sculpture
  • Sport Management
  • Theater

Area Studies for majors in Childhood Education, Childhood/Special Education, Early Childhood Education/Special Education majors are available in

  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Sequences and Plans of Study are available in

  • Child Care Field (Childhood Education)
  • Child Care Field (Early Childhood Education/Special Education)
  • Child Care Field (Childhood/Special Education)
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Pre-Law (individualized advisement within the History & Political Science] major)
  • Adolescence Education
  • Teacher Certification

Certificate Programs, designed primarily for the adult, non-degree, part-time population, are available in


Undergraduate Certificates


5002 Accounting (30 credit hours) H & HS
5099 Human Resource Management (33 credit hours) H & HS
5099 Paralegal Studies (28 credit hours) H & HS
5208.30 Perspectives in Oncology Nursing for the International RN (30 credit hours) H & HS
5012 Visual Effects Training Program (15 credit hours) A & S

Advanced Certificates

1203.12 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (24 credit hours) H & HS
1203.12 Nursing Education (12 credit hours) H & HS

Nursing Executive Leadership (24 credit hours)

H & HS

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (30 credit hours)

H & HS
1299 Partners in Health for People with Disabilities (6 credit hours) H & HS

Less comprehensive than full-fledged degree programs, certificate and advanced certificate programs are intended to provide formally certified documentation (credentials) that a person has earned academic credit for studying a specialized topic. See the Courses and Curricula section of the Catalog for information on requirements for certificate programs, and the Graduate Catalog for information on requirements for the advanced certificate programs.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students in BA degree programs and the BS Business Administration - International Business program must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The requirement may be satisfied through the completion of college level coursework or the successful completion of a proficiency examination. A student with no prior experience would likely take a four course (12 credit hour) sequence: elementary and intermediate levels. A student with three years of high school language study would likely take only the intermediate course sequence (6 credit hours). A student with four or more years of language study may be prepared to take a proficiency examination to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency, with no further coursework required.

In addition, regardless of demonstrated proficiency, all programs leading to teacher certification require completion of a minimum of six credit hours in one foreign language.

Additional programs may also have a foreign language requirement. See The Courses and Curricula section of the catalog for information on requirements for specific programs. Students are encouraged to begin their language sequence early in their college career in order to take advantage of high school study.

Hours in the Major

(includes specialization which may reflect some interdisciplinary studies)


B.A. B.S. B.S/MS./D.P.T. B.F.A.
37 to 76 43 to 90 90 to 148

78 to 84

Free Elective Hours

(some programs allow a portion of these electives to be taken in the major)


B.A. B.S. B.S/MS./D.P.T. B.F.A.
0 to 39 0 to 33 0 to 12 0

For more detailed information, consult specific program requirements. Complete curricular planning sheets for every degree program are available on departmental and the Registrar’s official websites.


Cross Registration with Area Colleges

Any full-time matriculating undergraduate student may request enrollment in a course at another college in the Western New York Consortium of Colleges. Cross registration enables Daemen College students to enrich their programs of study by taking specialized undergraduate courses available only at other campuses, and it provides some flexibility for meeting graduation requirements in a timely manner. The Cross Registration option is applicable to semester registrations only.

A Cross Registration Request form must be completed in full and bear the signatures of student, required faculty, and the Cross Registration Officer (who is an administrative staff member in the Daemen Registrar’s office), and presented to the other institution at the time specified for cross registration. Students must maintain a full-time course load (12 credits minimum) at the home institution during the semester in which they cross register. If the course load at the home institution drops below full time, the home institution (Daemen) will notify the Cross Registration Officer of the visiting institution who will determine if a student will either be dropped from the cross registered course or will remain enrolled and incur tuition charges from the visiting institution. Only one course may be taken as a cross registration in any one semester. Only undergraduate courses may be completed via cross registration. Course loads which exceed 17 semester hours (inclusive of the cross registration course work) will result in additional Daemen tuition charges. Select participating institutions may enforce NYS or Erie County residency requirements in order to waive cross registration tuition charges from the visiting institution. (Students are strongly encouraged to consult the visiting institution’s Cross Registration Officer before cross registering.) Cross-registered courses do not fulfill Daemen College residency requirements, nor do they satisfy core competencies. Refer to the Residency Requirement section of this catalogue for details on the residency requirement. Only with written authorization of the Core Director will a cross registered course fulfill Quantitative Literacy and/or Writing Intensive requirements. Only in extraordinary circumstances, and only with the written authorization of the Core Director, will a cross- registered course fulfill Service Learning and/or Research and Presentation requirements (the latter for which departmental approval will also be solicited by the Core Director). Military Science courses are allowed through cross registration but may not be taken for core credit. Consult the Military Science section of this catalog for complete details regarding acceptability of Military Science credits and tuition charges.

Distance Education

Daemen College students have access to many distance education opportunities. The College has an extensive video-conference platform that provides courses and communications to students. Opportunities exist for regional high school students to earn Daemen College credit through our“Jumpstart" program. Online coursework is increasingly available for some courses within degree programs from multiple academic departments. Faculty members strive to include dynamic interactions with students via our Learning Management System that utilizes multiple forms of media, various interactions, methods, and links to contemporary and relevant resources appropriate for their courses. Distance education at Daemen College is widely supported to ensure both students and faculty have a successful and valuable experience.

Global Programs (Study Abroad)

Students in all majors at Daemen are encouraged to pursue part of their college studies abroad. Study abroad may include coursework, internships, service learning, or research. Daemen is affiliated with several excellent programs and can supply information on a variety of options for study in other nations. Inquiries for all programs should be made through the Global Programs Office.

Daemen College is a member of the Consortium on North American Sustainability (CNAS). Students in all majors are invited to participate in this consortium of American, Canadian, and Mexican universities. Students may study for one semester in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Mexico City, or Guanajuato. The program includes traditional classroom learning as well as community-based research in areas of study that may complete or complement the student’s major. The Consortium accepts highly qualified students as Sustainability Scholars who may complete specific coursework for a CNAS certificate in Sustainable Communities and Environment.

Daemen College is a member of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL), through which a student can participate in study abroad programs offered by member institutions. The programs offer unique opportunities for international service learning, collaborative international projects with faculty and students from member universities, and innovative learning opportunities in countries all over the world.

Daemen College is partnered with Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, Birkenfeld University in Germany, and Central Ostrobothnia Polytechnic in Finland in a U.S.-European Union program. Students in the Natural and Health Sciences should seek information from Dr. Kathleen Murphy in the Natural Sciences Department.

Daemen College is also partnered with East European State Higher School in Przemyśl, Poland. Students in all majors have the opportunity to study Polish history and culture. There is also the possibility of undertaking service learning. Interested students should seek information from Dr. Andrew Wise in the History and Political Science Department.

Through our partner Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Daemen College offers students the opportunity to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China during the summer. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories fundamental to TCM, including the essential principles of Yin and Yang, five elements and internal organ systems, the usage of acupuncture therapy, and the usage of traditional herbs.

Daemen College offers study abroad opportunities for Spanish majors and students interested in increasing their Spanish proficiency through Spanish Studies Abroad: The Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies in Seville and Alicante, Spain, Córdoba, Argentina, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Participating students take classes in Spanish in a variety of subject areas including language, literature, art history, business, and sociology while experiencing the culture in contemporary Spain, Argentina, Cuba, or Puerto Rico. Students may participate for one or two academic semesters or one or two summer sessions.

Daemen also has a number of short-term faculty-led opportunities which vary year-to-year.

Students interested in studying French abroad may choose from programs in France or Quebec, Canada.

Daemen College is affiliated with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Academic Programs International (API), and Center for International Studies (CIS). Through these affiliations, students in all majors are able to select a program that best fits their needs. These providers offer internships, service learning, and study abroad programs in over 30 countries: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Students who intend to study, intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have their proposed course work approved by their Department Chair and the Global Programs Office before departure. Students are not allowed to participate if they are on academic probation or suspended from the College. Students are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct of the program in which they are participating and with Daemen’s Code of Conduct. Students may enroll for regular courses at a foreign institution or earn credits through Daemen’s Study Abroad (SAB) courses. International study as part of the Daemen SAB program results in the inclusion of specific course listings and grades on the Daemen transcript and in the calculation of grades earned as part of their Daemen grade point average (GPA). Official transcripts from a foreign institution must be sent directly to the Daemen College Registrar to ensure credit is awarded.

Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL)

Daemen College is a member of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL), a growing network of distinguished, progressive higher education institutions. Daemen College students can present their academic work in CIEL’s online student journal and can participate in exchanges at CIEL member campuses or in study abroad programs offered through the network. Current member institutions include: Alverno College, Daemen College, The Evergreen State College, Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, Hampshire College, The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, Marlboro College, New College of Florida, New College at the University of Alabama, Pitzer College, Prescott College, and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. All members of the consortium share a common goal: to advance innovations in student learning. Opportunities to meet and work with students at schools within the consortium provide powerful learning opportunities. To learn more, please visit and/or contact Dr. Mary Fox at

Credit for Learning from Life Experience (CLLE)

Daemen students may receive academic credit for training courses in the armed forces or other non-educational organizations, for acquired proficiency as determined by College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests or Excelsior College examinations, or for equivalent knowledge acquired through occupational or avocational life experiences. See the earlier CLLE entry under the Academic Regulations section for rules pertaining to life experience credit.

The Course Numbering System Used By Daemen College

Courses numbers generally reflect the course-level (100-299 being lower division baccalaureate level; 300-499 being upper division baccalaureate level courses and 500-700 being post-baccalaureate level.) Two-part courses are normally assigned course numbers in sequence. Odd numbers are generally assigned to the first part and even numbers to the second part of the course sequence. However, for specific course offerings, access the Course Schedules on WebAdvisor which is published on the website by the Registrar’s Office each term.

Daemen College is organized academically into two divisions, whose departments offer the various majors. In this catalog, courses are grouped alpha-numerically by academic discipline or degree program, and then listed under the name of the department offering the program. Please refer to the index to find subjects or topics whose Divisional/ Departmental affiliation may not be otherwise apparent.

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