Interest Areas

University Studies (undeclared) students choose one of eight interest areas to focus their beginning course work. UST Academic Advisors help students focus on their specific areas of interest, refine their skills and abilities, and stay on track to declare a major that matches their educational goals.  All University Studies students are expected to choose a major before the completion of 60 credits.  A declared major is necessary in order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.


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 Composition, Music History & Literature, Music Theory, Philosophy, Russian, Spanish, Three Languages, Visual Communication

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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, Enviornmental & Resource Economics, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, Financial Planning & Wealth Management, Food & Agribusiness Marketing & Management, Hospitality Industry Studies, Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management, Human Relations Administration, International Business Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management , Organizational & Community Leadership, Sport Management

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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, 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 Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physics Education, Political Science Education, Psychology Education, Sociology Education, Spanish Education

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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: Chemistry-Environmental, Energy and Environmental Policy, Enviornmental & Resource Economics, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Enviornmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences, Marine Science, Meteorology & Climatology, Natural Resource Management, Plant Science, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

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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 Science, Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Applied Nutrition, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Dietetics, Exercise Science, Food Science, Health Behavior Science, Health Science, Insect Ecology & Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Scholars (Exercise Science), Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Occupational Therapy (Health Sciences), Plant Science, Psychology-BS, Pre-Dental *, Pre-Medicine *, Pre-Physician Assistant (Medical Diagnostics), Pre-Veterinary Medicine & Animal Biosciences, Pharmaceutical Science (Biological Sciences)

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

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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, Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Construction Engineering & Management, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Information Systems, Mathematical Sciences, Math & Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Quantitative Biology, Statistics

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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: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communication, Cognitive Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, European Studies, Geography, History, History/Foreign Language, Human Relations Administration, Human Services, International Relations, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Political Science/Foreign Language, Pre-Law *, Psychology-BA, Public Policy, Sociology, Women & Gender Studies, 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 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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