2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Departments and Offices

Academic Department Listing

Academic Departments & Programs

At Clark, undergraduates can choose from among 31 majors (which includes a self-designed major), 30 minors and ten interdisciplinary concentrations, and can also take advantage of Clark’s Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program, with the fifth year of study free to qualified students. Graduate students can choose from seven doctoral and 12 master’s degree programs.

Undergraduate Programs and Departments

Graduate Programs and Departments


red leaf icon = Undergraduate concentration

green leaf icon = Undergraduate concentration and Ph.D. program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies


 Academic Support Services

Leep Center

The LEEP Center provides the guidance, resources, and support necessary for students to identify and achieve their personal and professional goals. The LEEP Center is home to Career Services, Community Engagement, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Study Abroad, and the Writing Center. Additionally, students can come to the LEEP Center for assistance with academic advising, pre-law advising, undergraduate research and project opportunities, and prestigious and national fellowship advising.

The staff in the LEEP Center also serves as advisors to students, complementing the work of the pre-major and major advisers. Each first year student will be assigned a LEEP Center advisor, who will meet with the student individually and in groups throughout the student’s tenure at Clark. Students will be able to rely on their LEEP Center and their advisor for guidance regarding: interest exploration; major declaration; leadership and personal skills development; experiential learning opportunities, including internships; and preparation for post-baccalaureate options. The LEEP Center located on the first and second floor of Dana Commons.


Academic Advising

 Academic Advising  provides general academic advising services and adviser assignments. Students are invited to meet with a staff member for academic advice or for assistance in deciding upon a major. Evaluation of transfer credit and College Board petitions for exception to any academic policy are coordinated through the center, as are all cases involving possible breaches of academic integrity.


Disability Services

Disability Services are designed to foster functional independence for students with disabilities. The coordinator of disability services offers advising and helps students, who have submitted appropriate documentation, negotiate reasonable accommodations.


English as a Second Language: American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)

If English is not your first language and you are having a difficult time with your classes as a result, you should contact ALCI. A variety of noncredit ESL classes are offered at up to five levels of instruction. Undergraduates who take the Verbal Expression placement test at Orientation may be required to take one or both of the following writing courses offered by ALCI: Pre-Academic Writing (ESL 0150, noncredit) and Expository Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English (ESL 0155, credit).

For more information about ALCI classes and/or programs, call ALCI at 508.793.7794.


Research Centers and Institutes

The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise seeks to improve, through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research, the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns. The institute focuses on important social issues, including such areas as education reform, environmental sustainability, access to health care, human development, well-being, and global change. The institute achieves its mission through the promotion of an exemplary model of use-inspired research, sponsorship of projects in collaboration with other research centers on and off campus, publications, conferences, and student internships.

The George Perkins Marsh Institute conducts collaborative and interdisciplinary research on human-environment relationships within a wide range of research themes such as risks and hazards, the human dimensions of global environmental change, resource and environmental policy, industrialization and globalization, and the development and application of Geographic Information Science across multiple disciplines. Several centers are housed within the institute including The Center for Risk and Security, The Center for Technology, Environment and Development, and The Center for Community-Based Development.

Clark Labs for Cartographic Technologies and Geographic Analysis, best known for its flagship product, the IDRISI GIS and Image Processing software, is dedicated to the research and development of geospatial technologies for effective and responsible decision making for environmental management, sustainable resource development, and equitable resource allocation. Clark Labs leverages its academic base to develop innovative and customized research tools, provide software solutions to organizations in need, and apply geospatial expertise to a range of real-world problems.

The Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education, a national leader in education reform, has as its core mission the development of exemplary models of urban schooling, teaching, and teacher education through local partnerships. The Hiatt Center aims to learn from these models and expand the knowledge base of effective practice through research. The work of the Hiatt Center serves as a catalyst for positive change in urban education both locally and nationally.

The Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an intellectually dynamic forum for education and scholarship about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and other genocides around the world. Dedicated to teaching, research, and public service, the center offers the only Ph.D. in Holocaust history and genocide in the country, training the next generation of Holocaust and genocide historians, scholars, teachers, museum directors and curators, and experts in nongovernmental organizations and government agencies.

The Higgins School of Humanities, founded in 1986 works to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of Clark University by fostering connections between the humanities disciplines (English, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Philosophy, and History), by supporting humanities faculty research, and by offering public events to the community.