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There are over 50 diverse, exciting majors to explore and pursue in the College of Arts & Sciences. Click on each major below to learn more, including example post-graduation paths, opportunities within the major, early course advice, and important links for more information.

African American and African Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in African American and African Studies, students will learn about the history, culture, and experiences of African Americans and people of African descent globally, studying topics such as literature, art, politics, and social justice.

African American and African Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies in African American studies, sociology, or related fields.
  • Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or educational institutions.
  • Community activism or advocacy.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Study Abroad to Kenya

Interested in African American and African Studies?

  • Take AAS 1010 - Introduction to African-American and African Studies I.
  • Take AAS 1020 - Introduction to African-American and African Studies II.
  • Talk to your advisor or an African American and African Studies faculty member!

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American Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in American Studies, students will explore diverse aspects of American culture, including history, literature, art, and popular culture. It's an interdisciplinary field that examines the complexities of American identity.

American Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Becoming educators, curators, or archivists.
  • Careers in media, public relations, or cultural institutions.
  • Policy analysis or community development.

Special opportunities:

  • Popular and Visual Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Student-designed concentration
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in American Studies?

  • Take at least one course in American history or culture, broadly defined.
  • Take AMST 2001 - Introduction to American Studies.
  • Talk to your advisor or an American Studies faculty member!

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Anthropology (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Anthropology, students will study human societies, cultures, and behaviors across time and space. It encompasses cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Anthropology graduates have pursued:

  • Careers in international development, cultural resource management, or museums.
  • Advanced degrees in anthropology or related fields.
  • Public health research or social justice initiatives.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Culture and Communication
  • Indigenous Worlds
  • Medical Anthropology, Ethics, and Care
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Anthropology?

  • Take an Anthropology (ANTH) course at the 1000- or 2000- level.
  • Talk to your advisor or an Anthropology faculty member!

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Archaeology (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Archaeology, students will gain familiarity with archaeological methods, theoretical foundations, and ethical considerations, by taking courses from core faculty in Anthropology and Art and participating in hands-on fieldwork.

Archaeology graduates have pursued:

  • Specialized graduate studies in Archaeology.
  • Careers in cultural resource management.
  • Employment at museums or historical properties.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Local, national, or international fieldwork and internships

Interested in Archaeology?

  • Take ANTH 2800 - Introduction to Archaeology.
  • Take any course in History, Anthropology, or pre-modern Art History.
  • Talk to your advisor or an Archaeology faculty member!

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Art History (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Art History, students will explore global artistic traditions, contextualize artistic production historically and geographically, and develop critical and theoretical tools to analyze and write meaningfully about aesthetic experiences.

Art History graduates have pursued:

  • Advanced degrees in art history.
  • Curatorial and museum careers.
  • Writing and publishing.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Art History Club
  • Connections to internship opportunities
  • Departmental study abroad opportunities in Israel, Italy, Mexico, Prague, and Rome

Interested in Art History?

  • Take any Art History (ARTH) course at the 1000 or 2000-level.
  • Talk to your advisor or an Art History faculty member!

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Art, Studio (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Studio Art, students will engage in professional art training across a variety of mediums, including cinematography, drawing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, to develop their creative, spatial, and design abilities within a liberal arts context.

Studio Art graduates have pursued:

  • Advanced degrees in art (PhD, MFA).
  • Curatorial careers in museums and galleries.
  • Professional artistic careers.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Cinematography
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Internships
  • Study abroad programs

Interested in Studio Art?

  • Take any Studio Art (ARTS) course at the 2000-level.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Studio Art faculty member!

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Astronomy (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Astronomy, students will explore their interest in astronomical science through a flexible program that accommodates a wide range of post-graduation plans, including interdisciplinary pairings with fields like chemistry, biology, or environmental science.

Astronomy graduates have pursued:

  • Careers in private industry, e.g., in the areas of software, finance, and communications.
  • Positions at observatories and laboratories, including as technical staff and telescope operators.
  • Careers in STEM outreach (e.g., at museums or in journalism), public policy, defense, and government.

Interested in Astronomy?

  • Take any introductory Astronomy (ASTR) course at the 1000- or 2000-level.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 1310, 1320, or 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Take an introductory Physics (PHYS) or Computer Science (CS) course.
  • Talk to your advisor or an Astronomy faculty member!

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Astronomy-Physics (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Astronomy-Physics, students will develop a strong background in physics and math, work closely with astronomy faculty, and gain hands-on experience in the process of discovery, preparing them for professional careers and graduate study in astronomy, physics, computer science, and related fields.

Astronomy-Physics graduates have pursued:

  • Positions at NASA facilities, the Department of Defense, and other laboratories as technicians and data specialists.
  • Graduate studies in astronomy, physics, computer science, and related fields.
  • Positions at observatories and laboratories, including as technical staff and telescope operators.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Astronomy-Physics?

  • Complete the Introduction to Physics sequence (PHYS 1420 and 2410) and associated workshops.
  • Complete the Calculus sequence (MATH 1310, 1320, and 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Take ASTR 1610 - Introduction to Astronomical Research and/or PHYS 1660 - Practical Computing for the Physical Sciences as able (recommended).
  • Speak with your advisor and the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Astronomy to come up with a course plan!

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Behavioral Neuroscience (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, students will delve into the scientific study of the brain and nervous system, focusing on how biological processes influence behaviors, emotions, and cognitive functions, integrating knowledge from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to understand complex brain-behavior relationships.

Behavioral Neuroscience graduates have pursued:

  • Neuropsychology.
  • Behavioral research science.
  • Pharmaceutical research.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Behavioral Neuroscience?

  • Take PSYC 2200 - A Survey of the Neural Basis of Behavior.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 11XX, 12XX, or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Take another prerequisite course such as STAT 1602, PSYC 2005, or BIOL 2100.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Behavioral Neuroscience faculty member!

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Biology (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Biology, students will explore the vast field of biology, gaining a broad understanding of living organisms and their interactions with the environment, through a flexible curriculum that allows for interdisciplinary studies and diverse career paths.

Biology graduates have pursued:

  • Environmental consulting.
  • Science communication.
  • Health education.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Biology?

  • Complete the Introduction to Biology courses, BIOL 2100 and 2200 and their labs.
  • Begin the Introductory College Chemistry courses, CHEM 1410 and 1420 and their labs.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 11XX, 12XX, or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Biology faculty member!

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Biology (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Biology, students will engage in a rigorous study of biological sciences, preparing for advanced graduate studies and research careers by deeply exploring molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, and developing strong analytical and research skills.

Biology graduates have pursued:

  • Advanced degrees in biological sciences.
  • Biomedical research.
  • Biostatistics.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Biology?

  • Begin the Introduction to Biology sequence, BIOL 2100 and 2200 and their labs.
  • Begin the Introductory College Chemistry sequence, CHEM 1410 and 1420 and their labs.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 11XX, 12XX, or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Biology faculty member!

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Chemistry (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Chemistry, students will investigate the fundamental principles of chemistry, studying the composition, properties, and transformations of matter, while gaining practical laboratory skills and knowledge applicable to a wide range of scientific and industrial careers.

Chemistry graduates have pursued:

  • Scientific lab careers.
  • Environmental chemistry consulting.
  • Jobs in pharmaceutical chemistry.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Chemistry?

  • Complete the Introductory College Chemistry sequence, CHEM 1410 and 1420 and their labs.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 11XX, 12XX, or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Chemistry faculty member!

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Chemistry (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Chemistry, students will immerse themselves in an intensive study of chemistry, focusing on advanced theoretical and practical aspects to prepare for graduate studies and research careers, with a strong foundation in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

Chemistry graduates have pursued:

  • Advanced studies in chemistry and other sciences.
  • Laboratory research.
  • Industrial chemistry consulting.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Physics
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Chemistry?

  • Complete the Introductory College Chemistry sequence, CHEM 1410 and 1420 and their labs.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 1310, 1320, or 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Chemistry faculty member!

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Chinese Language and Literature (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, students will gain fluency in Chinese and deep familiarity with Chinese culture, focusing on Chinese literary traditions and modernity while exploring various media forms that reflect the diverse perspectives in Chinese thought and culture.

Chinese Language and Literature graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies
  • Careers in government
  • Teaching opportunities in the U.S. and abroad

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Numerous study abroad opportunities

Interested in Chinese Language and Literature?

  • Take EAST 1010 - East Asian Canons and Cultures.
  • Complete the Chinese language sequence (CHIN 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020), depending on experience.
  • Talk to your advisor or an East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures faculty member!

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Classics (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Classics, students will explore the foundational works of Greek and Latin literature in their original languages, gaining skills in text analysis and argumentation through reading authors like Homer, Virgil, Plato, and Tacitus.

Classics graduates have pursued:

  • Education.
  • Law.
  • Government.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Supported study abroad opportunities

Interested in Classics?

  • Complete the Greek language sequence (GREE 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) or Latin language sequence (LATI 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), depending on your interests and experience.
  • Take CLAS 2010 - Greek Civilization or CLAS 2020 - Roman Civilization, depending on your interests.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Classics faculty member!

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Cognitive Science (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Cognitive Science, students will explore the interdisciplinary study of the mind and intelligence, integrating insights from psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, and linguistics to understand mental processes such as perception, memory, reasoning, and language.

Cognitive Science graduates have pursued:

  • Cognitive psychology.
  • Research in artificial intelligence.
  • Speech-language pathology.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Cognitive Neuroscience?

  • Take an introductory course in Computer Science (CS), Linguistics (LING), Neuroscience (NESC), Philosophy (PHIL), or Psychology (PSYC).
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 11XX, 12XX, or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Cognitive Neuroscience faculty member!

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Computer Science (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Computer Science, students will gain a solid foundation in computer science theory and practice, preparing them to analyze and solve a wide range of computing challenges and to apply their technical knowledge across various disciplines, as well as for graduate study in computer science and related fields.

Computer Science graduates have pursued:

  • Work in the field of computer, software development, or information technology.
  • Data science and analytics careers.
  • Graduate study in computing or related fields.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Computer Science?

  • Take an Introduction to Programming course: CS 1110 (general), CS 1111 (some programming experience), or CS 1112 (no programming experience).
  • Talk to your advisor or a Computer Science faculty member!

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Drama (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Drama, students will immerse themselves in the world of theater, studying acting, directing, design, and theater history, while gaining practical experience through performances and productions to prepare for diverse careers in the dramatic arts.

Drama graduates have pursued:

  • Professional acting.
  • Theatrical directing.
  • Arts administration.

Interested in Drama?

  • Take a Drama (DRAM) or Dance (DANC) course at the 1000- or 2000-level.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Drama faculty member!

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East Asian Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in East Asian Studies, students will gain deep knowledge of an East Asian culture and language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), alongside a broad understanding of the East Asian cultural sphere through coursework in history, humanities, and social sciences.

East Asian Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies
  • Careers in government
  • Teaching opportunities in the U.S. and abroad

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Numerous study abroad opportunities

Interested in East Asian Studies?

  • Take EAST 1010 - East Asian Canons and Cultures.
  • Complete an East Asian language sequence (CHIN/JAPN/KOR 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020), depending on experience.
  • Talk to your advisor or an East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures faculty member!

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Echols Interdisciplinary Major (B.A.)

In the Echols Interdisciplinary Major, students will define a personalized course of study that transcends traditional academic boundaries, allowing them to explore and integrate diverse disciplines to achieve unique academic and career goals.

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Economics (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Economics, students will analyze the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, developing strong analytical and quantitative skills to understand economic behavior, policy, and market dynamics.

Economics graduates have pursued:

  • Financial consulting.
  • Policy advising.
  • Market research.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Finance
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Economics?

  • Complete the Principles of Economics course sequence, ECON 2010 and 2020.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 11XX, 12XX, or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or an Economics faculty member!

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English (B.A.)

In the B.A. in English, students will study British, U.S., and Global Anglophone literatures from the early Middle Ages to the present day, learning to read attentively, argue persuasively, and write compelling prose under the guidance of renowned scholars.

English graduates have pursued:

  • Jobs as writers, editors, and publishers.
  • Law school and careers as attorneys.
  • Careers in finance, business, or with NGOs.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Poetry Writing
  • Literary Prose
  • Modern Global Studies
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in English?

  • Take a 2000-level course in the English department (ENGL).
  • Talk to your advisor or an English faculty member!

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Environmental Sciences (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Environmental Sciences, students will embark on an interdisciplinary journey combining earth sciences and ecology, studying the interactions of air, water, land, and living organisms to make an immediate environmental impact and tackle urgent ecological challenges.

Environmental Sciences graduates have pursued:

  • Careers as environmental consultants.
  • Working for non-governmental organizations (like the Sierra Club).
  • Government jobs as environmental specialists and advocates.

Special opportunities:

  • Independent or supervised undergraduate research
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Environmental Sciences?

  • Take any introductory Environmental Sciences (EVSC) course at the 1000- or 2000-level.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 1310, 1320, or 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Take an appropriate lab sciences course in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), or Physics (PHYS).
  • Talk to your advisor or an Environmental Sciences faculty member!

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Environmental Sciences (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Environmental Sciences, students will dive into the scientific study of earth systems and their connections with living organisms, focusing on advanced research to analyze environmental changes and predict future ecological trends, positioning themselves for groundbreaking discoveries.

Environmental Sciences graduates have pursued:

  • Advanced degrees in environmental science.
  • Careers in research ecology.
  • Jobs as climate change analysts and consultants.

Special opportunities:

  • Independent or supervised undergraduate research
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Environmental Sciences?

  • Take any introductory Environmental Sciences (EVSC) course at the 1000- or 2000-level.
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 1310, 1320, or 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Take an appropriate lab sciences course in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), or Physics (PHYS).
  • Talk to your advisor or an Environmental Sciences faculty member!

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Environmental Thought and Practice (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Environmental Thought and Practice, students will examine the complex interactions between human societies and the natural environment, integrating perspectives from science, policy, ethics, and the humanities to address environmental challenges and promote sustainability.

Environmental Thought and Practice graduates have pursued:

  • Environmental policy analysis.
  • Sustainability consulting.
  • Environmental advocacy.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Environmental Thought and Practice?

  • Take the shared course EVSC 2030/ETP 2030/PLAP 2030 - Politics, Science, and Values: an Introduction to Environmental Policy.
  • Talk to your advisor or an Environmental Thought and Practice faculty member!

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French (B.A.)

In the B.A. in French, students will immerse themselves in French language and culture, exploring literature, art, philosophy, and business practices, with opportunities to study or intern in French-speaking countries, enhancing their global perspective and opening doors to international careers.

French graduates have pursued:

  • Careers in international law and business.
  • Government jobs in international relations.
  • Education work related to the French language or students.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad opportunities in Lyon and Paris
  • International internship opportunities
  • Students can apply to live in the historic French House
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in French?

  • Complete the French language sequence (FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a French faculty member!

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German Language, Literature, and Culture (B.A.)

In the B.A. in German Language, Literature, and Culture, students will explore the German-speaking world's language, literature, and cultural history, gaining proficiency in German and a deep understanding of its cultural contributions through immersive studies and diverse coursework.

German Language, Literature, and Culture graduates have pursued:

  • Translation and interpretation.
  • International business.
  • German language education.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in German Language, Literature, and Culture?

  • Complete the German language sequence (GERM 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a German Department faculty member!

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German Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in German Studies, students will engage with the German-speaking world's history, politics, culture, and society, integrating language skills with interdisciplinary studies to gain a comprehensive understanding of German contributions to global civilization.

German Studies graduates have pursued:

  • International relations.
  • Academic research.
  • Cultural heritage management.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in German Studies?

  • Complete the German language sequence (GERM 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a German Department faculty member!

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Global Commerce in Culture and Society (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Global Studies (Global Commerce in Culture and Society), students will explore the history and diversity of economic institutions, examining how systems of exchange are shaped by and embedded in social and cultural contexts, and considering alternative ways of organizing commerce through a comparative and historical lens.

Global Commerce in Culture and Society graduates have pursued:

  • Consulting in international business policy.
  • Careers in international trade.
  • Jobs as market research analysts.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad scholarships

Interested in Global Commerce in Culture and Society?

  • Take the introductory course GSGS 2000 - Introduction to Global Studies.
  • Take a course in Anthropology (ANTH) or Sociology (SOC).
  • Take ECON 2010, 2020, or 3010, depending on experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Global Studies faculty member!

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Global Development Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Global Studies (Global Development Studies), students will investigate the meaning of "development" in social, political, and economic terms, both in the U.S. and globally, through an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes anthropology, economics, environmental science, and other relevant disciplines, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning.

Global Development Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Careers as a development consultant.
  • Jobs in international aid policy.
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad scholarships

Interested in Global Development Studies?

  • Take the introductory course GSGS 2000 - Introduction to Global Studies.
  • Take another social sciences course related to Global Studies, for example in Anthropology (ANTH) or Economics (ECON).
  • Talk to your advisor or a Global Studies faculty member!

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Global Environments and Sustainability (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Global Studies (Global Environments and Sustainability), students will tackle the pressing global challenges resulting from the relationship between human societies and the planet, focusing on sustainability and the search for systems that reduce resource consumption and environmental impact, addressing issues such as natural resource depletion, global health, and biodiversity loss.

Global Environments and Sustainability graduates have pursued:

  • Environmental policy analysis.
  • Renewable energy consultancies.
  • Urban planning.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad scholarships

Interested in Global Environments and Sustainability?

  • Take the introductory course GSGS 2000 - Introduction to Global Studies.
  • Take GSVS/ARCH 2150 - Global Sustainability.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Global Studies faculty member!

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Global Public Health (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Global Studies (Global Public Health), students will develop the capacity to understand and address the complex cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental factors affecting global health, healthcare access, and quality of life, aiming to increase knowledge of global health burdens and catalyze innovative health improvements.

Global Public Health graduates have pursued:

  • Opportunities in global health policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Global health consultancies.
  • Jobs in public health outreach and education.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad scholarships

Interested in Global Public Health?

  • Take the introductory course GSGS 2000 - Introduction to Global Studies.
  • Take another social sciences course related to Global Studies, for example in Anthropology (ANTH) or Economics (ECON).
  • Talk to your advisor or a Global Studies faculty member!

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Global Security & Justice (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Global Studies (Global Security and Justice), students will study security and conflict issues such as war, genocide, and terrorism, along with international law, migration, and human rights, preparing to address the complexities of global security and justice in the modern world.

Global Security and Justice graduates have pursued:

  • Careers in global intelligence.
  • Opportunities in human rights policy and advocacy.
  • Jobs in cybersecurity.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad scholarships

Interested in Global Security and Justice?

  • Take the introductory course GSGS 2000 - Introduction to Global Studies.
  • Take another social sciences course related to Global Studies, for example in Anthropology (ANTH) or Economics (ECON).
  • Talk to your advisor or a Global Studies faculty member!

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Global Studies: Middle East and South Asia (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Global Studies (Middle East and South Asia), students will explore the cultural, historical, literary, and political contexts of the Middle East and South Asia, integrating deep regional knowledge with critical global inquiry to redefine understandings of global citizenship and address key global challenges.

Global Studies: Middle East and South Asia graduates have pursued:

  • Jobs as a Middle East and/or South Asia analyst.
  • Foreign affairs careers.
  • Opportunities in international policy and consulting.

Special opportunities:

  • Study abroad scholarships

Interested in Global Studies: Middle East and South Asia?

  • Take the introductory course GSGS 2000 - Introduction to Global Studies.
  • Take a course that focuses on the Middle East and/or South Asia (for example in the departments MESALC, Religious Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies, among others).
  • Talk to your advisor or a Global Studies faculty member!

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History (B.A.)

In the B.A. in History, students will explore the human experience across eras and continents, studying the evolution of societies, cultures, and political systems to develop critical analysis and storytelling skills, preparing for success in diverse professional fields.

History graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies and careers in law, medicine, education, history, library science, and more.
  • Careers in public service, policy advocacy, and the military.
  • Historical advisory jobs related to curation and preservation.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Capitalism and Economic Life
  • Environment, Space, and Society
  • Global and Transnational History
  • Law and Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Empire
  • War, Violence and Society
  • History internship program
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in History?

  • Take a History 1501 seminar for an introduction to the practice of history.
  • Take a History 2000-level introductory course that focuses on an area of history that interests you.
  • Talk to your advisor or a History faculty member!

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Human Biology (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Human Biology, students will integrate biological sciences with aspects of social sciences and humanities to understand human health, disease, and evolution, examining the intricate connections between biology, behavior, and society.

Human Biology graduates have pursued:

  • Medical research.
  • Public health.
  • Healthcare policy.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Human Biology?

  • Complete the Introduction to Biology courses, BIOL 2100 and BIOL 2200 and their labs.
  • Take RELG 2650 - Religion, Ethics, and Healthcare.
  • Talk to your adviser or a Human Biology faculty member!

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Interdisciplinary Major Program (B.A.)

In the Interdisciplinary Major Program, students with unique interests, superior ability, and exceptional self-discipline will design their own program of study, blending creativity and experimentation to explore a defined field within the liberal arts and sciences.

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Italian Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Italian Studies, students will immerse themselves in the language, literature, history, and culture of Italy, gaining a comprehensive understanding of Italy's contributions to the arts, humanities, and social sciences through interdisciplinary coursework and study abroad opportunities.

Italian Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Translation and interpretation.
  • International relations.
  • Cultural heritage management.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Italian Studies?

  • Complete the Italian language sequence (ITAL 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your adviser or an Italian Studies faculty member!

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Japanese Language and Literature (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature, students will gain fluency in Japanese and deep familiarity with Japanese culture and society, focusing on Japanese literary traditions and modernity while exploring various media forms that reflect diverse perspectives in Japanese thought and culture.

Japanese Language and Literature graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies
  • Careers in government
  • Teaching opportunities in the U.S. and abroad

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Numerous study abroad opportunities

Interested in Japanese Language and Literature?

  • Take EAST 1010 - East Asian Canons and Cultures.
  • Complete the Japanese language sequence (JAPN 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020), depending on experience.
  • Talk to your advisor or an East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures faculty member!

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Jewish Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Jewish Studies, students will explore the history, religion, culture, and literature of the Jewish people, gaining insights into Jewish contributions to world civilization through interdisciplinary coursework and critical study of Jewish texts and traditions.

Jewish Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Cultural writing and publishing.
  • Museum curation.
  • Academic research.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Jewish Studies?

  • Take HIEU 2101 - The Premodern Experience or HIEU 2102 - The Modern Experience.
  • Take RELJ 2030 - Judaism: Roots and Rebellion.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Jewish Studies faculty member!

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Latin American Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Latin American Studies, students will study the diverse cultures, histories, politics, and societies of Latin America, gaining a deep understanding of the region's complex dynamics through interdisciplinary coursework and immersive experiences.

Latin American Studies graduates have pursued:

  • International development.
  • Diplomacy and foreign service.
  • Human rights work.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Latin American Studies?

  • Complete the Spanish language sequence (SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Take LAST 2050 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latin American Studies.
  • Talk to your adviser or a Latin American Studies faculty member!

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Linguistics (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Linguistics, students will analyze the structure, development, and function of language, studying phonetics, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics to understand how languages are formed, used, and evolve over time.

Linguistics graduates have pursued:

  • Language education.
  • Computational linguistics.
  • Speech-language pathology.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Linguistics?

  • Take a 2000-level Anthropology (ANTH) course about language, such as ANTH 2400, 2415, 2430, 2440, or 2450.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Linguistics faculty member!

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Mathematics (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Mathematics, students will explore the abstract and practical aspects of mathematics, developing strong analytical and problem-solving skills through the study of algebra, geometry, number theory, and other advanced mathematical theories.

Mathematics graduates have pursued:

  • Data analysis.
  • Actuarial science.
  • Cryptography.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Graduate Preparation
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Teacher Education
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Mathematics?

  • Complete the Calculus sequence (MATH 1310, 1320, and 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your adviser or a Mathematics faculty member!

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Media Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Media Studies, students will analyze the role and impact of media in society, studying media theory, history, and production to understand and critique the ways in which media shapes culture, politics, and communication.

Media Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Journalism.
  • Digital marketing.
  • Public relations.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Media Policy and Ethics
  • Film Studios
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Media Studies?

  • Take MDST 2000 - Introduction to Media Studies.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Media Studies faculty member!

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Medieval Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Medieval Studies, students will delve into the rich history, literature, art, and culture of the medieval period, exploring the complexities of the Middle Ages through interdisciplinary coursework spanning history, literature, art, and philosophy.

Medieval Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Museum curation.
  • Historical preservation.
  • Archival work.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Medieval Studies?

  • Complete the a world language sequence (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) relevant to your interest in Medieval Studies, based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Medieval Studies faculty member!

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Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, students will immerse themselves in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Middle East, gaining proficiency in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian and a deep understanding of the region's literary and cultural traditions.

Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures graduates have pursued:

  • Translation and interpretation.
  • Diplomacy and foreign service.
  • International business.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures?

  • Complete a Middle Eastern language sequence (ARAB/HEBR/PERS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures faculty member!

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Middle Eastern Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, students will explore the complex political, cultural, historical, and social dynamics of the Middle East, integrating interdisciplinary perspectives to gain a comprehensive understanding of the region and its global significance.

Middle Eastern Studies graduates have pursued:

  • International relations.
  • Policy analysis.
  • Humanitarian work.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Middle Eastern Studies?

  • Complete a Middle Eastern language sequence (ARAB/HEBR/PERS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Middle Eastern Studies faculty member!

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Music (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Music, students will explore the diverse world of music, studying performance, theory, history, and composition, and gaining a deep understanding of musical traditions and contemporary practices.

Music graduates have pursued:

  • Professional performance.
  • Sound engineering.
  • Music therapy.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Music Performance
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Music?

  • Take MUSI 3050 - Music and Discourse Since 1900.
  • Take a performance-focused class in the Music department.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Music faculty member!

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Neuroscience (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Neuroscience, students will engage in the multidisciplinary study of the nervous system, gaining a broad background in molecular, cellular, systems, and cognitive neuroscience, using techniques from biology, psychology, and other sciences.

Neuroscience graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies in biomedical sciences.
  • Careers in clinical medicine.
  • Opportunities in genetic counseling.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Neuroscience?

  • Begin completing the required introductory lab science courses in Biology (like BIOL 2100), Chemistry (like CHEM 1410), and Physics (like PHYS 1420).
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 12XX or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Neuroscience faculty member!

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Philosophy (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Philosophy, students will delve into some of the deepest questions about existence, knowledge, ethics, and society, exploring contemporary perspectives and the answers provided by the most important thinkers throughout history.

Philosophy graduates have pursued:

  • Law and legal studies.
  • Careers in public policy.
  • Advanced studies in philosophy and the humanities.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Philosophy?

  • Take a Philosophy (PHIL) course at the 1000- or 2000- level.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Philosophy faculty member!

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Physics (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Physics, students will explore the fundamental principles underlying all phenomena in the universe, from the smallest quantum particles to the largest cosmological structures, gaining excellent problem-solving skills and a deep understanding of technology applicable to various professional areas.

Physics graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies across the sciences.
  • Careers in scientific advocacy, outreach, and consulting.
  • Science teaching at a variety of levels.

Special opportunities:

  • Undergraduate research.

Interested in Physics?

  • Take PHYS 1930 - Physics in the 21st Century to learn how the major works and what you can do with it.
  • Take PHYS 1420 - Introductory Physics 1.
  • Complete the Calculus sequence (MATH 1310, 1320, and 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Physics faculty member!

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Physics (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Physics, students will delve deeply into the fundamental principles of the universe, studying quantum particles and cosmological structures, with intensive preparation for graduate study or careers in scientific and technical fields, laying a solid foundation for a lifetime of discovery.

Physics graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies in physics and related fields.
  • Employment in technical positions in the computer, defense, and industrial sectors.
  • Consulting jobs in technical and financial fields.

Special opportunities:

  • Undergraduate research
  • Distinguished Majors program

Interested in Physics?

  • Take PHYS 1930 - Physics in the 21st Century to learn how the major works and what you can do with it.
  • Take PHYS 1420 - Introductory Physics 1.
  • Complete the Calculus sequence (MATH 1310, 1320, and 2310), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Physics faculty member!

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Political and Social Thought (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Political and Social Thought, students will engage in a multidisciplinary study of political and social theories, critically examining the ideas and ideologies that have shaped societies and exploring contemporary social and political issues.

Political and Social Thought graduates have pursued:

  • Public policy analysis.
  • Political campaign management.
  • Nonprofit leadership.

Interested in Political and Social Thought?

  • Take a "foundation course" as described here.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Political and Social Thought faculty member!

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Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law, students will explore the intersections of political theory, public policy, and legal studies, gaining an in-depth understanding of political and legal systems, ethical considerations, and policy-making processes.

Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law graduates have pursued:

  • Legal practice.
  • Public administration.
  • Policy advising and consulting.

Interested in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law?

  • Take ECON 2010 - Microeconomics.
  • Take another co-requisite course as described in the PPL Student Handbook available here.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law faculty member!

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Politics: Foreign Affairs (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Foreign Affairs, students will delve into global politics, focusing on comparative politics and international relations to understand democracy, representation, and conflict resolution, equipping them to navigate and influence the complex landscape of international affairs.

Foreign Affairs graduates have pursued:

  • Careers in diplomacy and foreign affairs.
  • Further studies in the social sciences, public policy, and/or legal studies.
  • Consultancies in global affairs think tanks.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Honors Program

Interested in Foreign Affairs?

  • Take a 1000- or 2000-level course in the Politics department.
  • Take a course in a discipline closely related to Politics.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Politics faculty member!

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Politics: Government (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Government, students will explore the intricacies of political science, focusing on power, democracy, and governance both domestically and globally, through a comprehensive curriculum that prepares them to influence policy and drive societal change.

Government graduates have pursued:

  • Elected office, and/or campaign or policy advisor for elected officials.
  • Opportunities in the non-profit or NGO sector, social work, or community organizing.
  • Further studies in the social sciences, public policy, and/or legal studies.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program
  • Honors Program

Interested in Government?

  • Take a 1000- or 2000-level course in the Politics department.
  • Take a course in a discipline closely related to Politics.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Politics faculty member!

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Psychology (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Psychology, students will study the scientific principles of behavior and mental processes, exploring topics such as cognition, development, and mental health, and gaining research and practical skills applicable to various psychological fields.

Psychology graduates have pursued:

  • Clinical psychology.
  • Counseling.
  • Market research.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Psychology?

  • Take a 2000-level Psychology (PSYC) course.
  • Take PSYC 2005 - Research Methods and Data Analysis I.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Psychology faculty member!

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Religious Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Religious Studies, students will explore the beliefs, practices, and historical contexts of the world's religions, gaining a comprehensive understanding of religious traditions and their impact on societies and cultures.

Religious Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Nonprofit work.
  • Cultural analysis.
  • Interfaith dialogue facilitation.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy
  • Religion, Literature, and the Arts
  • Religions of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Religions, Politics, and Global Perspective
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Religious Studies?

  • Take RELG 1000 - Questions in the Study of Religion.
  • Take an additional Religious Studies course that you're interested in.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Religious Studies faculty member!

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Slavic Languages and Literatures (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, students will immerse themselves in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Slavic-speaking countries, gaining proficiency in languages such as Russian or Polish and a deep understanding of Slavic cultural heritage.

Slavic Languages and Literatures graduates have pursued:

  • Translation and interpretation.
  • International relations.
  • Language education.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature

Interested in Slavic Languages and Literatures?

  • Complete the Russian language sequence (RUSS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Slavic Languages and Literatures faculty member!

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Sociology (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Sociology, students will explore the intricate dynamics of human behavior, societal structures, and inequalities, gaining insight into the complexities of social life to address pressing social issues and enact positive change.

Sociology graduates have pursued:

  • Nonprofit advocacy.
  • Community development.
  • Public policy analysis.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Crime, Law, and Power
  • Global Economy, Organizations, and Work Requirements
  • Health and Medicine
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Sociology?

  • Take SOC 1010 - Introductory Sociology.
  • Take a 2000-level Sociology (SOC) course.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Sociology faculty member!

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South Asian Languages and Literatures (B.A.)

In the B.A. in South Asian Languages and Literatures, students will embark on a captivating journey through the diverse linguistic and literary traditions of South Asia, fostering cross-cultural communication and understanding through mastery of languages and narratives.

South Asian Languages and Literatures graduates have pursued:

  • Translation and interpretation.
  • International relations.
  • Journalism.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in South Asian Languages and Literatures?

  • Complete a South Asian language sequence (HIND/SANS/URDU 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a South Asian Languages and Literatures faculty member!

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South Asian Studies (B.A.)

In the B.A. in South Asian Studies, students will undertake a comprehensive examination of the multifaceted history, politics, religions, and cultures of South Asia, preparing them to navigate the complexities of global interconnectedness and contribute meaningfully to cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation.

South Asian Studies graduates have pursued:

  • Diplomatic roles.
  • International development.
  • Global business consulting.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in South Asian Studies?

  • Complete a South Asian language sequence (HIND/SANS/URDU 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020), based on experience and placement.
  • Talk to your advisor or a South Asian Studies faculty member!

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Spanish (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Spanish, students will immerse themselves in the language, literatures, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, with tracks in languages, literatures, and cultures; literatures and cultures; and Spanish language and linguistics, all taught by accomplished teacher-researchers.

Spanish graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate programs in Spanish literature and cultural studies.
  • Careers in professional translation and interpretation.
  • Opportunities like law school; NGOs; non-profit organizations; social work; community interpreter; and more.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • General Spanish
  • Linguistics and Philology
  • Literature and Culture
  • Study abroad in Valencia, Spain
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Spanish?

  • Complete the Spanish language sequence (SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020), depending on experience.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Spanish faculty member!

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Statistics (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Statistics, students will delve into the foundational principles of statistical theory and methodology, preparing them to tackle complex research questions and real-world problems in advanced studies and research fields.

Statistics graduates have pursued:

  • Graduate studies in statistics.
  • Data science and analytics
  • Analytical research and consulting.

Special opportunities:

  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Statistics?

  • Take an introductory Statistics course (one of STAT 1100, STAT 1120, STAT 2020, STAT 2120, APMA 3110, or APMA 3120).
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 1310 or 1320), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Statistics faculty member!

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Statistics, Applied (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Applied Statistics, students will harness the power of statistical methods and computational tools to analyze and interpret real-world data, gaining expertise in data manipulation, visualization, and modeling techniques to tackle complex problems and drive evidence-based decision-making across industries.

Applied Statistics graduates have pursued:

  • Data analysis.
  • Business intelligence.
  • Operations research.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Biostatistics
  • Data Science
  • Finance and Business
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Applied Statistics?

  • Take an introductory Statistics course (one of STAT 1100, STAT 1120, STAT 2020, STAT 2120, APMA 3110, or APMA 3120).
  • Take an appropriate Calculus course (MATH 12XX or 13XX), based on your experience and transfer credit.
  • Talk to your advisor or a Statistics faculty member!

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality (B.A.)

In the B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, students will engage in a critical examination of the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and other social identities, empowering them to effect meaningful change in their communities and contribute to the creation of more inclusive and equitable societies.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality graduates have pursued:

  • LGBTQ+ advocacy and outreach.
  • Diversity and inclusion consulting.
  • Gender studies education.

Concentrations and opportunities:

  • Gender Studies
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Distinguished Majors Program

Interested in Women, Gender, and Sexuality?

  • Take WGS 2100 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies.
  • Take another 2000- or 3000-level Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) course.
  • Take to your advisor or a Women, Gender, and Sexuality faculty member!

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