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College of Arts and Sciences


The departments of the College of Arts and Sciences are the primary coursework units, offering degrees in discipline-based areas of study. Graduate and undergraduate degrees and minors are available in most departments. Departments also house our centers and institutes.

Department of Anthropology

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.

Department of 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.

Department of 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.

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Solving crime today means understanding why a crime occurs and what that crime means to society. This is where the law and the mind meet.

Department of English Language and Literature

Literature is more than mere words. Our approach to literature encompasses film, authorship, rhetoric, critical theory, and more.

Department of Geography

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

Department of History

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

Department of 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.

Department of Mathematics

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

Department of Philosophy

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.

Department of 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 real world job market.

Department of 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.

Department of Psychology

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

Department of Religious Studies

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

Department of Sociology

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 suprisingly, even sports.

Department of Statistics

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.

Department of 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.