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College of Arts and Sciences

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Departments and Schools

The departments and schools of the College of Arts and Sciences are the primary coursework units, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in discipline-based areas of study as well as opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. Minors are available in most departments, which also house our centers and institutes.


To effectively study concepts like diaspora, we work together with other university departments, international programs and private sector teams. Working together is what makes us human.

Biological Sciences

Biological science is constantly changing, which is why we provide student research opportunities in a diverse array of fields - from cancer to climate change.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best scientists in the country. Together you will push the boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Solving crime today means understanding why a crime occurs and what that crime means to society.

School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

The environmental challenges of modern society are many. Our mission at the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (SEOE) is to achieve an understanding of the Earth’s diverse environments through research, and to convey that understanding through education and outreach to the broader public community. 

English Language and Literature

Encompassing literature, creative and professional writing, rhetoric, linguistics, film, and other media, our program is designed to give you advanced skills in communication, creativity, and collaboration vital to 21st century careers.


Much more than maps, the study of geography impacts business, the environment and how we interact with the world around us.


Surrounded by some of the richest historical sites and research libraries, students get a unique view of history. Gain a broad world view with a particular emphasis on the rich story of the South.

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Language is more than words and translations. We believe in embracing the art, the films and the way of life that make up different cultures.


More than mere technical expertise, our programs include research, service and interdisciplinary studies.


Creating real-world, problem-solving tools is one of the ways we apply the study of philosophy to modern life. If you can learn to think, you can learn to do most anything.

Physics and Astronomy

Recognized worldwide for cutting edge work in both experimental and applied physics, our program is more than theoretical. Students leave here prepared to compete in the job market.

Political Science

Whether it’s a step toward law school or the beginning of a career in public administration, our program is designed to create the leaders of tomorrow.


Led by nationally recognized faculty members, psychology students learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of this critical science.

Religious Studies

The role of religion is growing larger and larger as part of the new world view. Learning how different religions work and interact is a vital part of understanding our world.


Bringing people together is a complicated business. Our goal is to help students understand these interactions from a variety of perspectives. Justice, crime, poverty and, perhaps surprisingly, even sports.


Data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. In addition to studying the science of data, students work with our Statistical Consulting Laboratory providing advice to government, industry and academia.

Theatre and Dance

In addition to world-class productions and a major dance company, our program includes critical studies, theatre culture and tracks to prepare the next generation of theatre and dance instructors.

School of Visual Art and Design

Immerse yourself in in the study of media production, art, and design across our degree programs in Media Arts, Art Education, Art History, and the Studio Arts—which include the fields of Graphic Design, Photography, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, and 3/D Sculpture. Our comprehensive programs will advance your creative and professional practice and help you launch a dynamic career in the visual arts.