Emerson College was originally founded as the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory and Dramatic Art in 1880 in Boston's Back Bay. A year later, the name shifted to Monroe Conservatory of Oratory and again in 1890 to Emerson College of Oratory - in honor of founding president Charles Wesley Emerson. It wasn't until 1939 that the name was shortened to Emerson College. From its humble beginnings as an oratory school, Emerson has since evolved to include a variety of academic disciplines across the liberal and fine arts. The school's present location is right beside the Boston Common downtown.
According to its mission statement, "Emerson College educates students to assume positions of leadership in communication and the arts and to advance scholarship and creative work that brings innovation, depth and diversity to these disciplines. The mission is informed by core liberal arts values that seek to promote civic engagement, encourage ethical practices, foster respect for human diversity and inspire students to create and communicate with clarity, integrity and conviction."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment have access to Emerson's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate level degrees through the departments of Performing Arts, Visual & Media Arts, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Marketing Communication, Communication Studies and Communication Sciences & Disorders.
Student living and university living at Emerson revolve around a variety of traditional campus student activities and organizations. The school established the first educational FM radio station, WERS, in 1949 - an organization that is considered one of the best college radio stations in the country.
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