How to use definite articles
I'm writing an English introduction to the school I'm working at. When describing the school's academic advantages, I got confused about how to use the definite article 'the' correctly. Should it go with the departments or centers always?
e.g., "Several departments, such as the Department of Counseling, the Department of Special Education, and the Department of Finance are the first of their kind in the nation. The university also has numerous distinguished research centers, such as the Community Counseling Center, the Special Education Center, and the Environmental Education Center."
The exact lists of departments and centers are longer in the introduction. Is there any way to make the expressions more concise?
Thank you very much!