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As an undergraduate student at UC Riverside, you have the opportunity to choose from among a vast number of majors and minors that allow you to work towards your dreams and make a difference in the world.

Small classes, a supportive and accessible faculty and a dynamic and supportive learning environment make UC Riverside your place to shine.

Below you will find a brief summary of each of UCR's undergraduate programs and selected minors. If you would like more detailed information about a program, please click the links provided. For more information in a downloadable PDF format, visit My UCR's Majors and Programs.

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  • Administrative Studies
    The major is only offered in combination with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, economics, history, sociology or political science, or with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. Students gain an interdisciplinary approach to training in decision-making and analytical skills and a thorough grounding in their respective disciplines. Offered by the Department of Administrative Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • African American Studies
    The curriculum examines the African American experience, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that African Americans have made to society. It focuses within a framework of power relations, class, politics, race/ ethnicity, gender, education, socioeconomics and culture. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American studies. Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Anthropology
    The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree program in anthropology includes four broad subfields:
    • Socio-cultural anthropology, which studies communities comparatively in their local and global contexts
    • Archaeology, which investigates past societies through their material and written remains
    • Biological anthropology, which focuses on the evolution of the human as a species and the interaction of human biological variability with culture
    • Linguistic anthropology, which explores the interconnections of language, culture, thought and social structure
    Students learn of the challenges of an international economy, transnational connections communities and multicultural citizenries. The skills and knowledge learned help students understand the connections between people. Offered by the Department of Anthropology in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Art (Studio)
    The Bachelor of Arts in art offers a broad spectrum of classes spanning not only traditional art disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, but also newer disciplines such as inter-media, video and digital art, and art theory. Students can create individual programs to match their personal needs and interests. Offered by the Department of Art in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Art History
    The Bachelor of Arts in art history provides the framework for the critical study of a wide range of cultures in different periods of human history. Students examine works of art in relation to the circumstances surrounding their creation. Offered by the Department of the History of Art in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Additional courses of study include:
    • Art history/religious studies — combining courses in art history with those of related religious content and background. Students may choose between the Asian concentration, the student-designed comparative concentration, and the Western concentration. Offered in tandem with the Department of Religious Studies
    • Art history/administrative studies — providing students with the background for a career in museums by combining training in management and the history of art. Offered in tandem with the Department of Administrative Studies
  • Asian American Studies
    The program focuses on the Asian American experience. It is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the study of racialization processes that are simultaneously domestic, transnational and global in nature. Students study a wide range of issues including
    • Korean/African American and Latino relations in Los Angeles
    • Foreign policy and Asian Americans
    • Japanese internment, Asian American literature, and Asian American women
    Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Asian Literatures and Cultures
    The degree in Asian literatures and cultures offers a diverse, flexible program for students interested in the study of Asian languages, cultures and literatures. Students can choose the Chinese or Japanese track. The major is interdisciplinary, giving students the opportunity to combine courses from different UCR departments and considerable freedom to choose courses on the basis of their own areas of interest. Language proficiency and some courses in literature or culture are required. Students can study literature in the original language or focus on culture, history, and literature using texts in English translation. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Asian Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on courses and faculty from various departments. It is built around training in East, Southeast, and South Asian languages, but covers many aspects of East Asian history, literature, and cultures. Students may choose between two tracks of study:
  • Biochemistry
    Students examine the chemistry of life through a rigorous and focused program, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students may choose an emphasis in biology, chemistry, or medical sciences. Topics of study include:
    • The molecular basis of human health and disease
    • The molecular basis of nutrition
    • The structure and function of biological macromolecules
    • The chemical basis of biological metabolism
    • How the genetic code is translated at the chemical level
    • How hormones function
    Laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment in structural biochemistry and molecular biology provide excellent learning and research settings for students. Faculty members are actively engaged in teaching and basic research. Offered by the Department of Biochemistry in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Bioengineering
    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering will receive broad preparation to enter fields such as biotechnology, biomedical engineering and medicine. The curriculum provides the core courses for entry into most medical schools. The program involves developing processes and products made possible by basic science research in biology and engineering. The UCR campus offers comprehensive programs in the life sciences, and many specialized courses are available to students in the Bioengineering program to enhance their educational and career goals. The Bioengineering program is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Biological Sciences
    The Bachelor of Science degree program in biological sciences offers students guidance and flexibility in achieving individual educational and career goals through the following 10 tracks:
    • Bioinformatics and genomics
    • Biology (integrated)
    • Cell, molecular and developmental biology
    • Conservation biology
    • Entomology
    • Environmental toxicology
    • Evolution and ecology
    • Medical biology
    • Microbiology
    • Plant biology
    Students select a track to match their interests, receiving a Bachelor of Science. Offered by the Department of Biology in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Biology
    Biology students can choose a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The program covers scientific methods, observation and experimental techniques, and rational approaches the study of organisms - from the level of molecules to interactions between populations. Students can take a breadth of advanced courses in biology or choose an area of emphasis, including:
    • Molecular and cell biology
    • Genetics and development
    • Animal behavior
    • Microbiology and parasitology
    • Zoology and physiology
    • Evolution and ecology
    • Premedicine, preparation for pharmacy or other health sciences or veterinary medicine
    Offered by the Department of Biology in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Botany and Plant Sciences
    See "Plant Biology"
  • Business Administration
    Students are provided a broad education in the humanities, arts, and social sciences and are taught the specialization and skills required for success in today's business world. Students initially enroll in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in pre-business, then declare the business administration major in their junior year. During their junior and senior years, students take core and elective courses in areas such as accounting, finance, human resources, international business, management information systems, marketing and organizational behavior. Offered by the Undergraduate Business Program in the School of Business Administration.
  • Business Economics
    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics are provided with a broad base in the study of the production and distribution of goods and services, enhanced by business principles. Students gain insights and skills related to marketplace structures, the functioning of economic systems and the use of tools for analyzing topics such as individual and social decision making, the distribution of resources, income theories and fiscal monetary policies. Offered by the Department of Economics in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Chemical Engineering
    The Bachelor of Science degree program teaches students how modern chemical engineering processes work to produce today's goods. Majors may choose one of three emphases:
    • Chemical engineering
    • Biochemical engineering — focusing on biochemical processes based on microorganisms or enzymes
    • Bioengineering — applying chemical engineering principles in the study of medicine and health
    As one of the newest engineering schools in California, the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering features laboratories equipped with the latest tools and instruments. Offered by the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Chemistry
    The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees allow students to study the latest theories and techniques in theoretical and experimental chemistry as well as computational methods in chemistry and molecular synthesis and structures. Students will spend some 600 hours conducting laboratory experiments. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science may choose to pursue an option in chemical physics or environmental chemistry, while all chemistry majors may opt to declare the pre-health science chemistry option. Offered by the Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Chicano Bilingual/ Bicultural Studies Minor
    The Chicano bilingual/bicultural studies minor gives students a basic understanding of the Spanish language and introduces them to the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the Chicano population in California and the southwestern United States. The minor prepares students to examine the educational needs of language-minority populations. Offered by the Department of Chicano bilingual/bicultural studies minor is offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Chicano Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts program in Chicano studies is a comprehensive and comparative examination of the Chicano experience from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The curriculum focuses on:
    • History and politics
    • Culture and art
    • Language
    • Music of La Raza
    Also examined are contemporary issues affecting the community, including religion, family, gender, identity, education, law, politics, voting, the economy, the border, the anti-immigrant backlash, the English-only movement, and community empowerment and development. Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Classical Studies
    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in classical studies examine all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that enhance our understanding of the modern world. The program covers the art, archaeology, history, religion, philosophy, and especially the language and literature of more than 2,000 years from the Mediterranean Basin into Europe, the Near East, and Africa. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Comparative Ancient Civilizations
    The Bachelor of Arts in comparative ancient civilizations is interdepartmental and interdisciplinary and focuses on a variety of pre-modern cultures of the world that flourished economically, politically, and culturally over significantly long periods of time and produced an enduring legacy. Students learn about
    • The perceptions and interactions of ancient civilizations with one another and with later civilizations that use the older cultures to reinforce or distinguish their own ideals
    • The comparison of aspects by which an ancient civilization is defined
    • The processes by which ancient civilizations are constructed
    Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Comparative Literature
    The Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature is an interdisciplinary field that encourages the study of inter-literary relationships among various cultural traditions. Students study different genres of literary works from a comparative perspective involving two or more literary and cultural traditions. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Computer Engineering
    Offering a Bachelor of Science, UCR's program in computer engineering is one of the newest in the country, covering traditional subjects and the latest topics, with the most modern equipment and methods available. Students gain a broad background in mathematics and statistics, computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering design and analysis methods. In addition, students can select course work to specialize in topics such as very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, embedded computation and control, and communication and network system design offered by the Computer Science and Engineering Department in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Computer Science
    The Bachelor of Science in computer science is designed to meet the demand for employees with the technical skills and background to apply the existing computing technology and to develop new technology. Computer science courses cover artificial intelligence, commercial software development, compiler construction, and very large scale integration (VLSI) design. The major stresses the study of core and advanced CS topics and prepares students for a large variety of computing careers in
    • Software engineering
    • Networks, databases, and embedded systems
    • Graphics and algorithms
    • Security and system analysis
    Offered by the Computer Science and Engineering Department in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Creative Writing
    Students in the Bachelor of Arts in creative writing program focus on:
    • Developing writing skills and interests
    • The forms and techniques of the art of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction
    • How to read as writers
    • How writers use language to manipulate meanings
    • How to use language in ways that make ideas accessible and artistically compelling
    Students may specialize in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Offered by the Department of Creative Writing in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Dance
    Bachelor of Arts in dance students gain in-depth experience as choreographers while forming a cultural and historical perspective on the art of dance. Emphases include:
    • Modern technique choreography
    • Cultivation of cultural and historical perspectives on dance
    • Movement practices
    • Dance composition
    • Performance
    • Cultural and historical studies
    • Digital and screen studies
    Offered by the Department of Dance in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Economics
    The Bachelor of Arts in economics offers in-depth knowledge of how markets work and an understanding of how government intervention affects the economy. Mathematics and statistics serve as analytical tools for undergraduate studies. Students delve into specialized areas, including:
    • Development economics
    • Microeconomics and macroeconomics
    • Money and banking
    • Econometrics
    • International economics
    Students may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in combined areas of either economics/administrative studies or economics/law and society. Offered by the Department of Economics in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Electrical Engineering
    The Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering prepares students for the application analysis and design methods to problems in electrical, computer, and systems engineering. One of the newest programs in the country, it covers both the traditional subjects and the latest topics in electrical engineering using the most modern equipment available. Students can specialize in
    • Communications and signal processing
    • Intelligent systems
    • Nano-materials devices and circuits
    • Controls and robotics
    Offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering
  • English
    The Bachelor of Arts in English is designed to provide a well-balanced, thought-provoking program for students with a serious interest in the study of literature and culture. Students have considerable freedom to select courses according to their own interests. Subjects can include periods such as Medieval, Victorian, or contemporary; genres such as the dream vision, the Gothic novel, or film noir; areas such as colonial literature, gender and sexuality, or cultural studies; authors or major works. Offered by the Department of English in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Entomology
    The major in entomology leads to either a Bachelor of Science degree, for students with a strong interest in the biological sciences, or a Bachelor of Arts degree, for students who want a broader background in the humanities and social sciences combined with studies in the natural sciences. The department is internationally known for their cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art facilities. Students receive diverse training in the basic biological sciences, with an emphasis on insect systems. Offered by the Department of Entomology in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Environmental Engineering
    UCR's Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering is one of the few in California. Students will learn the design and construction of equipment and processes that help reduce or eliminate human-made pollutants in the environment. In-depth electives allow for specializing in study of air quality or water quality. Offered by the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Environmental Sciences
    Students who earn a Bachelor of Science in environmental science can pursue professions involved with solving environmental problems. During the first two years, students complete their core requirements. During the junior and senior years, students can specialize in an option of interest related to environmental sciences. Offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Ethnic Studies
    Students examine inter- and intra-group differences and commonalities in history, culture, racism, the impact of law and social inequality in contemporary society, and the specific experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas/os and Latinas/os, and Native Americans. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in:
    • Ethnic studies
    • African American studies
    • Asian American studies
    • Chicano studies
    • Native American studies
    Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Geosciences
    Offered by the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Geology offers four options:
    • General geology
    • Geobiology
    • Geophysics
    • Biogeography
    Students in any one of these majors learn relevant techniques from the others, thus expanding their problem-solving abilities and career opportunities. Much of the undergraduate training relates to water, oil, and precious metal resources; earthquake and landslide hazards; wildfires; and extinct and endangered species.
  • Global Studies
    The program prepares students to become global thinkers and problem solvers by crossing disciplines, drawing on the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Students prepare for careers in public service, media work at the practical and policy levels, environmental advocacy; graduate study in a variety of disciplines; or for advanced study in professional schools of public policy, law, medicine, or management. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Global Studies Program in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • History
    The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in:
    • History
    • History/administrative studies
    • History/law and society
    Emphasizing an understanding of changes in society over time, students develop an ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, and to think clearly and analytically. Offered by the Department of History in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Information Systems
    The Bachelor of Science degree covers the core of computer science along with basic business and management topics, preparing students for careers in management of computer and information systems, system administration, and e-commerce. It combines a rigorous computer science curriculum with fundamental topics from management in a single degree. Students prepare for careers that require both technical depth and management knowledge. Offered by the Computer Science and Engineering Department in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    Students are provided with the opportunity to earn a degree within a broad liberal arts education. During the junior and senior year, students can specialize in Communication Studies or select two concentrations representing different fields of study. Students gain competence in their areas of interest that enables them to extend and deepen the investigations begun during the first two years. Requirements are flexible and allow students to prepare for graduate or professional school as well as pursue their interests. Offered by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program under he College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • International Relations Minor
    The International relations is an interdisciplinary minor that probes questions of economics, history, and political issues in an integrated program, offering an understanding of the issues and problems facing the countries of the world as they become more interdependent. It prepares students for the many careers in the international arena. Offered by the International Relations Program in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Languages
    The Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in:
    • Asian literatures and cultures — students choose a Chinese or Japanese track and study Asian languages, cultures, and literatures. Language proficiency and some courses in literature in culture are required. Students can study literature in the original language or focus on culture, history, and literature using texts in English translation.
    • French — Focused on a core study of French culture, literature, and language, students can take the major with the options French literature or French civilization, which focuses on the culture and people of France.
    • Germanic Studies — The major offers a diverse curriculum ranging from beginning language classes to advanced study of literary and cultural topics. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to form a program of study.
    • Russian Studies — The major is for students who are interested in Russian language and literature, and history and civilization. Students work closely with advisors to plan a coherent program of courses that match the student's interests.
    • Language — The major allows students to specialize in two or three foreign languages, their creative use in literature, and the cultures and civilizations they reflect.
    The department also offers courses in Italian literature, language, and civilization; and Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese languages. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Latin American Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts features study of the anthropology, economics, geography, history, sociology, languages, and cultures of the region. The major provides the ability to explore subjects of particular interest. Students can complete a double major with other departments. Offered by the Latin American Studies Program in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Law and Society
    The Bachelor of Arts in gives undergraduates an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to the study of legal and law-like relationships and institutions. It aids students in developing critical thinking about law and social institutions, as well as critical reading and writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, and general research skills. It is offered only in combination with other majors:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    Offered by the Law and Society Program under the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersexual, and Transgender Studies Minor
    One of the first programs of its kind in the University of California, the minor allows students to learn about current developments across several disciplines that focus on lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues, including sexual identity and orientation; gay, lesbian, and bisexual perspectives on the arts; re-theorizations of gender; sexuality and cultural diversity; and intersections of sexuality and ethnic identity. It is by nature interdisciplinary and encourages new research in the field for interested students. Offered as an interdisciplinary major under the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Liberal Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts is for students interested in careers in elementary school education. The major includes a core of lower-division courses designed to provide students with broad subject matter coverage to give them the foundation needed to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and enable them to be well prepared to teach. Upper-division tracks allow students to build upon their strengths and interests. The program also features the Bridge to Teaching Program for students interested in teaching in California elementary schools and the "accelerated" Blended Program in Undergraduate Teacher Preparation that allows students to begin "professional" student teaching in the final quarter of the senior year. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Liberal Studies Program in then College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Linguistics
    The Bachelor of Arts covers the science of language and investigates the psychological and physical mechanisms of human speech, the similarities and differences among languages, the origin of languages and how they change, and how language is acquired. Students can customize studies to meet individual academic and career goals, including selecting a double major that provides strong preparation in two fields. Offered by the Linguistics Program in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Mathematics
    The department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees that cover a broad range of advanced course sequences in both theoretical and applied mathematics, including sequences in combinatorics, set theory and topology, numerical analysis, probability and mathematical statistics, and optimization and game theory. Offered by the Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Materials Science and Engineering
    Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) is concerned with the creation of materials with novel properties and their use in a variety of fields ranging from ultra-fast computer chips and high-efficiency solar cells to high-powered jets, and even beauty products. This program prepares graduates for a variety of careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, computing, the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies and research laboratories.
  • Mechanical Engineering
    One of the oldest and broadest areas of engineering, mechanical engineers design and manufacture machines that move and lift loads, transport people and goods, and produce and convert energy to other forms. Subjects of study include mechanical design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer. Students can gain educational experience beyond the classroom through other opportunities, including internships and independent study programs. Offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Media and Cultural Studies
    Distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach, its attention to a range of visual media, and emphasis on cultural studies, visual ethnography, and media literacy, the curriculum is organized into the following three distinct but interrelated clusters:
    • Film and visual media, which emphasizes media literacy, paying particular attention to questions of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity
    • Film, Literature, and culture, which focuses on comparisons and intersections among film and other arts and among different national cultures
    • Ethnography, documentary and visual culture, which provides in-depth coverage of the theories and methods that guide the production and analysis of ethnographic and documentary films and media
    Students study with faculty from all departments in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. They can elect to receive either fine arts or humanities credit for any film and visual culture classes they take to satisfy College breadth requirements. Offered by the Department of Media and Cultural Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Music
    The Bachelor of Arts provides students with a unique approach to the study of music. Students are encouraged to study and perform a wide range of musical forms, and examine music and its roles in other cultures and its relation to literature, politics and art. Students have the freedom to create, perform, and study a range of musical forms; to write original scores, to give public performances; and are challenged to think of music in new ways, and study it in relation to other arts, literature, and politics. Offered by the Department of Music in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Native American Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts in Native American studies is a rigorous introduction to the indigenous cultures of the Americas. The degree challenges students to examine the political, social, and economic aspects of Native American culture, and to question notions of cultural identity. The Bachelor of Arts prepares students for work in several fields, including:
    • Tribal administration
    • Museum curatorship
    • Teaching
    • Human services
    Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Neuroscience
    The program offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students will study various aspects of neuroscience affecting humans and animals, including:
    • Behavior
    • Physiology
    • Neurobiology
    • Neurochemistry
    Students will also have the opportunity to perform hands on research in a lab environment. Neuroscience is an inter-college major offered by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Philosophy
    The Bachelor of Arts is an intensive program that teaches students how to think critically and independently about the fundamental questions facing human kind. Students gain a background in western and contemporary philosophy and their philosophical approaches to contemporary social issues. Training in analytical skills such as reasoning and argumentation will aid students in their understanding of human inquiry. Offered by the Department of Philosophy in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Physics
    Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in physics will come to understand physical principles of the universe by studying topics such as:
    • Astrophysics and astronomy
    • Laser physics and electrodynamics
    • Atomic physics
    • Elementary particle physics
    • Thermal physics
    • Condensed matter physics
    The Bachelor of Science best suits students who are interested solely in the sciences, while the Bachelor of Arts is intended for students looking to combine business opportunities with a background in physics. Offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Plant Biology
    An interdepartmental program of the botany and plant sciences, plant pathology and nematology departments, the program focuses on current research and achievements in plant biology. Students gain a basic knowledge in the natural sciences and may receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in one of the following fields:
    • Plant cellular, molecular, and developmental biology
    • Organismal botany and plant sciences
    • Ecology, evolution, and systematics
    • Pest management, plant pathology, and nematology
    Offered by the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Political Science
    The Bachelor of Arts in political science provides a rigorous view at the processes and issues facing the political world of today and of the past. By opening a window to the political world, students pursuing the degree will critically examine schools of political thought and past and present political institutions. The major also offers cooperative majors, including:
    • Administrative studies
    • Law and society
    • Political science/public service
    • Political science/international affairs
    Offered by the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Political Science/International Affairs
    The Bachelor of Arts in political science with an emphasis on international affairs furthers students' understanding of the world around them and global affairs shaping the political landscape. Students concentrate on offerings from the Political Science Department, with related courses from other department, such as:
    • Economics
    • History
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
    Offered by the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Political Science/Public Service
    The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Service provides additional focus on governmental and administrative studies, in areas such as:
    • Local government leadership
    • Public policy
    • Urban politics
    • Regulation
    • Economic policies
    The emphasis on public service gives students the chance to examine government workings at all levels and to critically analyze how government deals with pertinent issues. Offered by the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Psychology
    The Bachelor of Arts, through hands-on curriculum, allows students to study a broad range of various aspects of psychology and its research methods. Students are expected to develop their analytical skills in dealing with aspects of psychology, such as physiological influences on behavior. Offered by the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Public Policy
    The Bachelor of Arts is designed to teach students to critically analyze current public policies, their implementation, and their impacts on households, community, and society. Courses draw on developments in philosophy, economics, and political science, amongst others. This interdisciplinary major is offered in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Religious Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts gives students a cross-cultural perspective of religious traditions throughout the world, through the examination of texts, symbols, rituals, values, and institutions. Also offered is the Art History/Religious Studies undergraduate major, which gives students the opportunity to concentrate on one section of religion, combining it with visual art. Offered by the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Sociology
    Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science participate in an expansive and challenging curriculum, focused on understanding the social universe. Students will receive individual attention from the faculty in a broad range of topics, including:
    • Gender, ethnicity, race and class
    • Social stratification
    • Urban issues
    • Sociology of education, religion, or human society
    • Crime
    • Family
    • Political organizations
    • Social psychology
    Offered by the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Spanish
    The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish gives students a deeper understanding of the Spanish language, literature, and culture, while focusing on increasing each student's proficiency in Spanish communication. Students can specialize in one of three areas:
    • Literature: primarily for students who plan to go on and earn a teaching credential or graduate degree in Spanish
    • Language: designed for students interested in linguistics or language, or students preparing to teach Spanish
    • Cultural Studies: intended for students considering teaching Spanish in high school, working in the media, or international studies
    Offered by the Department of Hispanic Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Statistics
    The Statistics program provides a significant focus on data collection and statistical analysis. Students are taught the basics how to collect and analyze data. By learning the theories, methods and technological aspects of statistics, students in the program apply the concepts they learn towards vital social issues, including:
    • Medical research
    • Environmental risk assessment
    • Development of therapeutic drugs
    • Space exploration
    • Quality assurance
    • Poverty and homelessness
    • Economic forecasting and business issues
    The degree is offered as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. The B.S. can be earned with one of two focuses: statistical computing or quantitative management. Offered through the Department of Statistics in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Theatre
    The Bachelor of Arts offers students a full range of courses in a small, learning-friendly environment. The program is one of the strongest in the country, with students studying a range of topics, including:
    • Dramatic literature
    • Playwriting and screenwriting
    • Stage management and design
    • Production, acting and directing
    • Theatre technology
    Students receive course credit for taking part in productions, and advanced students are invited to do specialized creative projects. Partnering with the Gluck Foundation, students can teach theatre workshops in local schools. The department also offers a writing track for undergrads interested in writing for film, theatre and television. Offered by the Department of Theatre in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Urban Studies Minor
    The minor in urban studies is intended to add dimension and strength to any major discipline with an understanding of urban concepts and issues. The program combines diverse perspectives of art and architecture, economics and politics, as well as social and financial insights to give students a broader perspective of how urban communities develop. The minor is helpful for students majoring in economics, political science, sociology, and art history. Offered through the Urban Studies Program in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Women's Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts in women's studies offers an intensive academic program, fusing together traditional academic disciplines with studies of diverse cultures and how they relate to gender and sexuality. Lower division coursework familiarizes students with issues in women's studies and research on gender and sexuality. Upper-division courses and core electives help students understand the broad scope of feminist thought, research in the field, and how knowledge is produced on the subject. Offered through the Department of Women's Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

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