The College of Arts and Sciences offers a diverse array of programs, including multiple plans of study in each of its 23 departments in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as majors and minors in interdisciplinary programs. Students may also create individualized majors in consultation with the Dean’s Office.

Most of the fields of study listed below are also among the available minors; see “minors” tab for a complete listing.

Actuarial Science

American Studies


  • Art
  • Studio Arts
  • Digital Media Arts




  • Biology
  • Biology Research Intensive Concentration within BS
  • Biology for teaching certification


  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry for teaching certification
  • ACS Certified BS Chemistry
  • ACS Certified BS Biochemistry

Chinese and Japanese Studies



  • Communication
  • Digital Media

Computing and Information Sciences
Available areas of focus:

  • Hardware
  • Software Development
  • Traditional Computer science

Criminology (concentration within sociology)


  • General Economics
  • Economics and Computer Analysis


  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education


  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Professional Writing

Environmental Science

Exploratory Program

  • Undecided students who have yet to declare a major




  • Geography
  • Geography Education
  • Available Concentrations:
    • Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • Environmental Geography
    • Urban Geography and Regional Planning
    • Human/Cultural Geography

In collaboration with Indiana University Northwest

Global Service


International Economics and Cultural Affairs

International Relations

Latin America/Latino Studies

Available areas of focus:

  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Forecasting and Operational Meteorology
  • Research Meteorology/Preparation for Graduate Study

Available areas of focus:

  • Secondary Education
  • Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Scientific Mathematics
  • Preparation for Graduate Study in Mathematics


  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • B.A. in Music, with the following available areas of focus:
    • Church Music
    • Performance/Musical Aarts
    • Music Industry



  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Physics and Astronomy Education

Physical Education

  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Sports Management

Political Science

  • Political Science
  • Political Science Education
  • International Relations


  • Psychology
  • Psychology for Secondary Education

Social Work


  • Sociology
  • Sociology with a Criminology Concentration




Theology and Ministry

These graduate programs are associated with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. See the website of the Valparaiso University Graduate School for more information.

Administration, Commerce, Economics, Technology, and Media

Master of Ministry Administration
M.S. in Analytics and Modeling
M.S. in Digital Media
M.A. in Comparative Global Inquiry
M.S. in Cyber Security
M.S. in Cyber Security (Online)
M.S. in Information Technology
M.S. in International Commerce and Policy
M.S. in International Economics and Finance
M.S. in Sports Administration
M.S. in Sports Media

Counseling and Education

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
M.Ed. in School Counseling
M.Ed./Education Specialist in School Psychology
MEd Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program
M.Ed. in Initial Licensure
M.Ed. in Initial Licensure (LEAPs Program)
M.Ed. in Initial Licensure (Teaching Chinese Track)
M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership
M.Ed. with a Concentration in Humane Education
M.A. in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences

M.A. in Chinese Studies
M.A. in Chinese Studies (Specialized Track for P-12 Teachers)
M.A. in English Studies and Communication
M.A. in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
M.A.L.S. in English
M.A.L.S. in Ethics and Values
M.A.L.S. in History
M.A. or M.A.L.S. in Humane Education
M.A.L.S. in Human Behavior and Society
M.A.L.S. in Theology, Theology and Ministry
M.A.L.S. in Theology and Ministry (Deaconess Track)
M.A.L.S. in Individualized Concentration

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