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Majors

Majors are arranged by college. Don’t know what college your major is in? Check the Majors A-Z tab below and then consult the appropriate college tab.

Accounting College of Business Administration (COBA)
Anthropology College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Art College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Athletic Training College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Biology College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
Chemistry College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
Child and Family Development College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Civil Engineering College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
Communication Studies College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Computer Science College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
Construction Management College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
Early Childhood Education College of Education (COE)
Economics College of Business Administration (COBA)
Electrical Engineering College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
English College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Exercise Science College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Fashion Merchandising / Apparel Design College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Finance College of Business Administration (COBA)
General Studies College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Geography College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
Geology College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
Graphic Design College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Health and Physical Education College of Education (COE)
Health Education & Promotion College of Public Health (COPH)
History College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Information Systems College of Business Administration (COBA)
Information Technology College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
Interior Design College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
International Studies College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
International Trade College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Journalism College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Justice Studies College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Logistics College of Business Administration (COBA)
Management College of Business Administration (COBA)
Manufacturing Engineering College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
Marketing College of Business Administration (COBA)
Mathematics College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
Middle Grades Education College of Education (COE)
Modern Languages College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Multimedia Communication College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Music College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Nursing College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Nutrition and Food Science College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Philosophy College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Physics College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
Political Science College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Psychology College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Public Relations College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Recreation College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Sociology College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Secondary Education College of Education (COE)
Special Education College of Education (COE)
Sport Management College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)
Theatre College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Writing & Linguistics College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

College of Business Administration

Accounting

Accounting is the language of business. Using their analytical and problem-solving skills, accountants provide big-picture thinking and an understanding of how financial data impacts every aspect of the organization. The accounting program prepares students for a wide range of professional careers in public accounting, industry and finance, and in specialty areas such as forensic accounting and fraud examination and government and non-profit accounting.

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Economics

Provides students with a broad knowledge of economic tools to provide a foundation for careers in business, economics, finance or law.

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Finance

Finance is concerned with the valuation and exchange of assets over time. It combines elements of accounting, economics and statistics to analyze financial problems and decisions. Finance questions addressed include asset pricing, financing and choice of alternative investment opportunities, domestic and international financial institutions and markets, corporate governance, and risk management.

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Information Systems

Blends experience using leading edge information technologies with business knowledge to address business problems and illustrate the value of business/IT alignment. Emphasis areas include: accounting information systems, business intelligence, electronic commerce, enterprise resources planning, enterprise security, and logistics information systems.

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Management

Emphasizes the integrative nature of the management discipline in planning, leading, organizing, and controlling contemporary profit and non-profit organizations. Emphases include entrepreneurship/small business, hospitality, human resources, and operations.

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Marketing

Provides students with an awareness of the marketing problems confronting today’s business firms, some knowledge and experience in application of the tools and techniques of marketing problem solving, and a more detailed knowledge of one or more specific areas of the marketing discipline. Emphases include fashion merchandising, retailing and sales management.

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Logistics

Provides general knowledge of the field of business and supporting coursework in the field of logistics, transportation and marketing.

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College of Education
Early Childhood Education

Prepares students to teach grades P- 5th grade with a variety of coursework and field experience prior to certification.

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Health and Physical Education

Prepares students in becoming health and physical educators by learning how to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate P- 12 health education curriculum in tradition school settings.

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Middle Grades Education

Prepares students to teach 4th through 8th grade with specialization areas in language arts, mathematics, science or social studies. Formal curriculum requirements and field experience lead to certification.

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Secondary Education * NEW MAJOR starting Fall 2017 *

Prepares students to teach 6th – 12th grade. Concentration areas include mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics.

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Special Education

Prepares students to teach special education at any level P-12. Concentration areas include language arts, reading, or mathematics.

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College of Health and Human Sciences

Athletic Training

Prepares students to enter the allied health profession of Athletic Training. Students experience a variety of clinical experiences working with collegiate and high school athletic teams. Through course work students observe orthopedic surgery, emergency room, and general medical procedures.

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Child and Family Development

Provides students foundation and practicum experiences to work with individuals and families across the life span in three emphasis areas: child development, child life, and family services.The major prepares students for career opportunities in child and family services and includes jobs in family life education, youth development, preschool education, rehabilitation, child care administration, child life, aging and family care, and other human/social service fields. To compliment the major, students may choose minors or concentrations such as recreation, psychology, international studies, Spanish, justice studies, business, and public relations.

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Exercise Science

Focuses upon the study of how and why exercise affects the human body. Students interested in a career in physical therapy often major in exercise science. Careers include fitness/wellness centers, research labs, and cardiac and physical rehabilitation centers.

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Fashion Merchandising / Apparel Design

Provides students two emphasis areas: fashion merchandising or apparel design. The major focuses on the diverse careers in the fashion industry such as merchandising & buying, fashion promotion, apparel design, styling & visual merchandising, computer aided design, and product development. Students may choose various minors or emphasis areas such as business, public relations, sustainability, and art to accommodate their major.

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Interior Design

Gives students curriculum, studios and field experiences in interior design, including formal course work in design, materials and systems, lighting, CAD and textiles. Careers include corporate design, residential design, space planning, furniture design, lighting design, historic preservation.

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Nursing

Provides students a comprehensive and innovative bachelor of science in nursing program that promotes health and quality of life using a global perspective. Students in the nursing program learn through classroom and diverse clinical experiences.

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Nutrition and Food Science

Provides students classroom and hands-on learning in the fascinating careers of food and nutrition. Students may select an emphasis in one of three areas: dietetics, community nutrition or food systems administration.

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Recreation

Students are provided with a foundation of recreation and service industry management skills as well as three unique emphases in therapeutic recreation, natural and cultural resource management and tourism/community leisure services.

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Sports Management

Prepares students by examining a variety of issues related to the operations of sport organizations, sport facilities, and sporting events. A business minor is incorporated into this program.

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College of Engineering and Information Technology

Civil Engineering

Prepares students for careers in the environmental, structural, and transportation design areas of the discipline in the local, state, regional, national, and international markets. This degree is of particular importance as increasing emphasis is placed on improving infrastructure.

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Computer Science

Provides students with a solid foundation in the design, implementation, and application of computer software systems, an understanding of the concepts of computer science and functional background in computer hardware and understanding in math.

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Construction Management

Construction Management prepares individuals to be leaders in the construction industry. Construction managers facilitate the design and construction of projects by managing resources; understanding construction contract law and the various forms of dispute resolution; being knowledgeable of safety standards; and having a solid understanding of estimating construction costs and scheduling of construction project activities.

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Electrical Engineering

Blends classroom instruction with hands on experience to train students in the areas of electronics, digital communication, computer architecture, industrial control, and electrical power systems.

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Information Technology

Prepares tomorrow’s IT innovators and digital problem-solvers who will lead America’s fastest growing career field. Specialization areas include Information Management, Web and Multimedia Foundations, and Networking and Datacenter Administration.

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Manufacturing Engineering

The Manufacturing Engineering (MfgE) curriculum is hands-on and career- oriented. Students gain broad, practical knowledge in the major areas of Manufacturing Engineering. Manufacturing engineers work closely with mechanical, electrical and other engineers as a member of the design team to ensure manufacturability of the product while considering recycling and other aspects of the product life cycle. They also concentrate on the facilities, equipment, processes and methods necessary for the efficient and safe production of products in a globally competitive environment. Manufacturing engineers direct and coordinate the processes for transforming materials into products and guide the design, and conduct analysis and modification of product design to ensure the viability of the design for manufacturability.

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Mechanical Engineering

Blends classroom instructions with hands on experience. Emphases include mechanical design analysis, material science/manufacturing processing, thermal-fluid-energy sciences, computer aided engineering graphics and analysis/ electro-mechanical devices and controls with an emphasis in technical measurements.

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Anthropology

Provides student opportunities to engage with each of the four major areas of anthropology – cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology. These areas encompass study of social processes across the world, from all time periods. Successful majors will develop a broad based understanding of the human condition.

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Art

Provides students areas of study in animation, art history, ceramics, drawing, illustration, graphic communications management, graphic design, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Degrees include Art History, Studio Art, 2D (Drawing, Painting, Print, Paper & Book Arts), 3D (Ceramics, Sculpture & Jewelry/Small Metals), Graphic Design and Graphic Communications Management.

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Communication Studies

Helps students develop skills in oral communication, interpersonal communication, teamwork, analysis, flexibility and written communication.

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English

Trains students to think critically and communicate effectively. English majors analyze texts— poems, stories, novels, essays, and other literary works— and find new ways to understand them. This analytic skill can be applied practically on the job, as well as the superior writing skills that English majors are famous for. Many English majors also possess creative, flexible minds that can offer fresh approaches to situations in several workplaces.

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General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies program provides opportunities for nontraditional college students who are interested in combining a liberal arts background with some degree of specialization. It offers a solid core curriculum program along with the freedom to choose from a wide range of concentrations. While the General Studies degree allows for study in several areas, it is organized to provide an academically sound program with carefully planned concentrations. The student who earns this degree will have achieved a broad-based education that meets high standards of learning. The program is administered by the Academic Advisement Center.

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Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design prepares students for careers in today’s creative and innovative society. Students are challenged with visual problem solving process to generate successful solutions to commercial, cultural, global, and social communication problems. Visual communication solutions typically include: complex identity and branding systems, publications and layout, motion sequences, advertising, retail products, architectural signage, information structures, websites and interactive displays. Along with coursework, professional opportunities and practical experience are a cornerstone of the program that provide the students with a portfolio that will enable them to enter the industry.

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History

Provides students the opportunity to analyze and interpret information, write and share ideas about why events happened and develop the knowledge and transferable skills.

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International Studies

Provides an undergraduate, interdisciplinary social science background for careers both inside and outside the United States. Emphases include Modernization, Development, and Environment ; Security, Conflict, and Diplomacy; and Society, Cultures, and Tradition.

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International Trade

Provides an interdisciplinary business background for careers outside the United States or in international businesses and agencies within the United States. The degree will require completion of a prescribed course of study and an internship overseas or with a business or institution having an international component in the United States.

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Journalism

Prepares students for careers with newspapers, specialty publications, magazines and on-line publications. The major courses provide students with a solid balance of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline.

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Justice Studies

Provides students an interdisciplinary program that provides a comprehensive examination of justice, crime and the law, and offers broad courses to prepare students for the criminal justice system or law schools.

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Modern Languages

Also known as foreign language emphases are French, German and Spanish.

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Multimedia Communication

Formerly known as Broadcasting, it prepares students to enter the field of professional Convergence Media. Emphases include filmmaking, information or production.

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Music

Prepares students for careers in concert or jazz performance, music education, composition and arranging or the general music industry.

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Philosophy

Requires students to learn views held by various philosophers and by doing so, excel in understanding principal points from complex material, evaluate the soundness of the arguments involved and, most important of all, justify his or her own position on any given topic. These skills are extremely valuable to employers from a variety of fields and professions.

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Political Science

Political Science is the study of government and focuses on its structure and function and the necessity for human social order. Political Science study attempts to provide the student with a better understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relationships,justice, and power. Political Science trains students to be observers of political behavior in their home country and around the world.

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Psychology

Provides students options for research in animal learning, sensation and perception, cognition, physiological psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, psychology of religion and clinical psychology.

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Public Relations

Merges the theoretical and practical by incorporating business, journalism, speech, and multimedia communication courses to prepare students for careers in public relations.

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Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs.

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Theatre

Provides students the opportunity to perform, direct, design sets, be a lighting and sound technician, serve as a stage manager, or work with behind the scenes business elements of theater.

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Writing & Linguistics

Prepares students in formal coursework designed to hone communication and formal writing skills. Concentration areas include create writing, linguistics, professional/technical writing, writing studies.

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College of Science and Mathematics

Biology

Prepares students for careers as professional biologists and emphasizes study in cellular/ molecular biology, conservation biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, medical entomology, and physiology.

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Chemistry

Combines student-centered classes, broad based laboratory instruction and opportunities for research in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, chemical education, food chemistry, organic synthesis and physical chemistry

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Geography

Provides students the opportunity to study the rich variety of events, peoples, landscape, climate, and biology that characterize the Earth’s surface. Geographers use geospatial tools to understand relationships between place and every aspect of life on the planet.

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Geology

Provides students a curriculum to understand how the Earth works and to apply this knowledge to unraveling the planet’s history and anticipating its future. Geologists work to find solutions to many of humanity’s most important issues including water and mineral resources, hazards mitigation, and understanding the Earth’s climatic system.

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Mathematics

Provides opportunity to learn analytical and computational skills that prepare students for careers in actuarial science, engineering, computer programming, operations research, mathematics education and many other areas. In addition, mathematics majors are typically some of the top performers on exams for medical, dental, business and law school.

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Physics

Provides basic undergraduate physics/astronomy education that will prepare students for a variety of careers in industry or science education, and also includes excellent preparation for pursuing an advanced degree in physics. Physics majors have a unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in close collaboration with world-class faculty.

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. • B.S.P. Curriculum Sheets: • B.A.B.S.P. • Department Website • Career Opportunities

College of Public Health

Health Education and Promotion

Gives students the knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate disease prevention as well as promote healthy activities.

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Pre-Professional Programs

Students who plan to pursue graduate degrees in law or health sciences are considered pre-professional students. These fields are not undergraduate majors, and students with these plans declare an underlying major. See below for supplemental advising and other resources available for students in these areas.

Pre-Health Sciences (Dental, Medical, Optometry, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Veterinary)
Pre-Law

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Last updated: 6/29/2017

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