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Academics

An Unshakable Academic Foundation

Western Pennsylvania is home to a strong work ethic, yet we know it takes more than hard work to succeed. That’s why Slippery Rock University delivers a core education that will prepare you for challenges in the immediate future and the rest of your life.

Our academic experience is anything but prefab. Whatever your field of study, you can explore cross-disciplinary programs that expand your perspective. A dance student might develop an interest in adaptive physical therapy. Someone in biomedical studies could research music in medicine. If you can imagine it, you can do it at SRU.

Putting knowledge to work.

As important as academic theory can be, we also believe in learning by doing. In the sustainable business program, students work with real businesses to develop strategic plans. Communication majors videotape campus debates, speakers and performances using the same equipment as the pros. Future accountants do tax returns for low-income families in the community. Organizations such as the YMCA visit our sport management classes for risk evaluations.

Research takes you beyond the basics

As early as your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members on fascinating research and present your findings at regional and national conferences. A recent study on the effectiveness of abdominal exercise machines was even featured in Men’s Health magazine.