University of Delaware

Interest Areas

ARTS & HUMANITIES

The Arts & Humanities are the creative branch of university study. Majors in this interest area ask such questions as: “What does it mean to be human?” Coursework concentrates on individuals and systems that have tried to make artistic, moral, spiritual, and intellectual sense of the world.

Majors: Ancient Greek & Roman Studies, Apparel Design, Art, Art Conservation, Art History, Chinese, Comparative Literature, English, Fashion Merchandising, Fine Arts, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Landscape Horticulture & Design, Liberal Studies, Music, Music History & Literature, Music Theory/ Composition, Philosophy, Russian, Spanish, Three Languages, Visual Communication

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BUSINESS

The study of Business encompasses a variety of skills and abilities. Majors in this interest area focus on understanding and analyzing the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth. Coursework examines activities by the community of suppliers of goods and services.

Majors: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, Food & Agribusiness Marketing & Management, Hospitality Industry Studies, Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management, International Business Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management , Organizational & Community Leadership , Resource Economics, Sport Management

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EDUCATION

The study of Education is the formal process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills, customs and values from one generation to another. Majors in this interest area focus on teaching and learning specific skills and imparting knowledge to children (Pre-K-8). Coursework is varied and covers many academic subjects.

Majors: Anthropology Education, Agriculture Education, Biological Science Education, Chemistry Education, Early Childhood Education, Earth Science Education, Economics Education, Elementary Teacher Education, English Education, French Education, Geography Education, German Education, History Education, Italian Education, Latin & Classics Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Spanish Education, Physics Education, Political Science Education, Psychology Education, Russian Education, Sociology Education.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Environmental programs provide an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems and how they impact society. Majors in this interest area focus on developing new ways to protect and regenerate the planet. Coursework typically focuses on courses in the sciences and in the field of public policy.

Majors: Bioresources Engineering, Chemistry-Environmental, Earth Science Education, Ecology, Energy and Environmental Policy, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Soil Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences, Marine Biology (Marine Sciences), Natural Resource Management, Plant Protection, Plant Science, Resource Economics, Wildlife Conservation.

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LIFE & HEALTH SCIENCES

The Life & Health Sciences deal with the application of science to the delivery of healthcare. Majors in this interest area stretch across a wide range of scientific specializations. Coursework typically encompasses subjects such as biology, genetics, physiology, physics and exercise science.

Majors: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Animal and Food Science, Applied Nutrition, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Dietetics, Entomology, Exercise Science, Food Science, Health Behavior Science, Health Sciences, Landscape Horticulture & Design, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Diagnostics (Pre-Physician Assistant), Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Scholars, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Occupational Therapy (Health Sciences), Plant Science, Pre-Dental *, Pre-Medicine *, Pre-Veterinary Medicine & Animal Biosciences, .

*Pre –dental and pre-medicine are not formal majors at UD; students will be guided toward a traditional major.

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PHYSICAL & APPLIED SCIENCES

The Physical and Applied Sciences are important for technology and system development. Its use in industrial settings is usually referred to as research and development. Majors in this interest area work to solve practical problems through the use of natural science. Coursework typically includes advanced math and physics and will include hands-on learning.

Majors: Actuarial Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geology/Geophysics, Information Systems, Mathematical Sciences, Math & Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Quantitative Biology, Statistics

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SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Social Sciences are concerned with society and interpreting or understanding human interactions. Majors in this interest area investigate why individuals or groups behave in a certain way. Coursework often encompasses some research on race, class, gender, ethnicity or other status and will cover a wide variety of topics such as individual counseling, human rights violations, economic regulations, and gender studies.

Majors: Anthropology, Black American Studies, Communication, Cognitive Science, European Studies, Criminal Justice, Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Studies, Geography, History, History/Classics, History/Foreign Language, Human Services, International Relations, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Political Science/Foreign Language, Pre-Law *, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Women’s Studies

*Pre-law is not a formal major at UD; students will be guided toward a traditional major.

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UNDECLARED

Undeclared is the category students choose if they truly have such a variety of interests that they want to consider majors from several of the interest areas. Advisors will help these students craft schedules that will expose them to as many majors as possible. These students may decide to choose more than one major or a major and several minors to complete their educational goals..

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