Departments and Programs Offices

Arts NC State

The arts are a vital part of education, and NC State University recognizes the importance of fostering arts programs—both for our students and for the larger community. Arts NC State invites all students (regardless of their major) and the community to participate in arts programs and productions.

Dance Program

Since 1986, the Dance Program gives NC State students in any major the opportunity to study performance and choreography as well as engages a wider community with dance as an art form. Here, we do more than teach technique — we take a research-based, content-driven approach to creating beautiful, meaningful art.

Exploratory Studies

Exploratory Studies provides a comprehensive experience for first-year students who want to learn about NC State’s many academic programs, choose the right major, and graduate on time.

Health and Exercise Studies

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies educates a globally diverse NC State population regarding the benefits of living a healthy and physically active lifestyle. They do this by providing equal opportunities and professional preparation in sport, fitness, health, and recreation.

Military Studies

Aerospace Studies (AirForceROTC)

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is one of three commissioning programs in the United States Air Force. AFROTC is dedicated to producing quality leaders for the Air Force and building better citizens for America. The program exists on 145 college campuses and over 1000 affiliated cross-town schools around the nation. The program offers opportunities for young men and women to develop into responsible adults and develop vital skills applicable after graduation and beyond. The AFROTC curriculum, taught in Aerospace (AS) classes and Leadership Laboratory, stresses four main areas: leadership and management, professional knowledge, defense studies, and communication skills

Military Science (ArmyROTC)

Army ROTC is an educational program combining college electives in military science with practical leadership training to prepare men and women to become U. S. Army officers. Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four-year program with the first two years of the program comprising the Basic Course. There is also a special program for juniors and graduate students who did not take Army ROTC during their first two years of college. To enter the two-year program, a student must first participate in a five-week basic leadership instruction course.  After successfully completing this course, students may qualify to join ROTC as an Advanced Course Cadet. The Advanced Course will impart valuable experience in leadership development, military history, time management, and military customs and courtesies.

ROTC training goes beyond the typical college classroom in that students will not only learn skills one would expect to find in an Army officer including how to motivate co-workers, cope with the unexpected and organize large, complex tasks, but they will also learn skills such as teamwork, tact, and effective communication which are in demand in both the civilian and business world.

Naval Science (NavyROTC)

The Department of Naval Science (NS) offers a minor in Military Studies: Naval Science to any undergraduate degree student interested in learning about military skills and careers. Students will develop the mental, moral, and physical skills needed to make them capable of being stronger leaders. The desire to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government will be instilled. Students will also be instilled the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission college graduates as officers with a basic professional background and motivation toward careers in the military.


The Department of Music is committed to providing broad-based educational opportunities for NC State students through a variety of musical experiences and introductory and upper-level courses. Department faculty seek to assist students in developing musical insights, musical skills, and the capacity to perceive and respond to music in its historical and cultural contexts.

The department offers a variety of courses, most of which may be taken to fulfill specific general education programs. Any course may be taken as a free elective. A 20-hour music minor is offered for qualified undergraduate students who wish to engage in more extensive study of music. Emphases include history, liberal arts, composition, and performance—piano, vocal, or instrumental.

The department also serves as a cultural resource for the university community and the public at large through concerts presented by ensembles, student-musicians, music faculty, and visiting artists. Concerts are open to students and the public.


University Theatre is a member program of ARTS NC STATE within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, their mission is to provide quality theatrical, artistic and practical experiences for the students and larger campus as well as Triangle communities.

We invite students and the community to bring their own life experiences to the learning process, to observe the life experiences of others, to become better informed on the human condition and to discover, learn and grow in a supportive artistic environment.