Academic Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college of Valparaiso University, consists of twenty-one departments and provides the University with its program of general education for all students as well as advanced work in the liberal arts, the sciences and in several professional areas.

Each degree in the College of Arts & Sciences consists essentially of two parts:

  • The general education component and the major field or interdisciplinary program.

To these two parts, the student adds elective courses chosen from all the offerings of the University, often including a minor or minors.


An overview of the general education program is described in the General Catalog. Although this pattern applies to every degree in the College, certain variations for the major field are specified by individual departments.