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Majors and Minors

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.

Undergraduate degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences introduce students to multiple ways of understanding the world before developing more advanced skills in a particular area of study.

Each degree plan offered by the College of Arts and Sciences is composed of these two parts:

Building Strong Foundations

Valpariso University’s general-education requirements are fulfilled primarily by courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. These courses, including the intensive freshman program called Valpo Core, provide broad exposure to the major branches of learning and develop key competencies:

  • Critical reading
  • Persuasive writing and communication
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Self-awareness and articulation of values
  • Appreciation of the history and diversity of human culture

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THE MAJOR

The major field of study is a discipline or thematically related group of courses that the student chooses in order to pursue depth of knowledge and competence in the skills required for the study of a particular area of knowledge. Pursuit of the major moves the student toward mastery of analytical skills introduced by general-education courses.

Sharpening Skills

The major field of study is a discipline or thematically related group of courses that the student chooses in order to pursue depth of knowledge and competence in the skills required for the study of a particular area of knowledge.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 120 majors

Pursuit of the major moves the student toward mastery of analytical skills introduced by general-education courses. See available majors and minors »

DEGREES GRANTED

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science Education
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Art

Biology

Chemistry

Chinese and Japanese Studies

Communication

Computer Science

  • 32-Hour B.A. in Computer Science
  • 36-Hour B.S. in Computer Science

Economics

  • General Economics
  • Economics and Computer Analysis

Education

English

Environmental Science

Exploratory Program

Geography & Meteorology

History

International Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Music

Philosophy

Physics & Astronomy

Kinesiology

  • B.S. in Kinesiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Sports Management
  • Teacher Education

Political Science

Psychology

Social Work

Sociology

Theatre

Theology

  • Theology and Ministry
  • B.A. in Theology

World Languages and Cultures

Art

Biology

Chemistry

Communications

  • Communication Law
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations

Economics

Education

English

  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Professional Writing
  • TESOL

Geography & Meteorology

History

Interdisciplinary Programs

International Studies

Kinesiology

  • Coaching Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Health and Safety
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Management

Mathematics and Statistics

Music

Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • History of Western Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Physics and Astronomy

  • Physics
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electronics

Psychology

Political Science

  • International Relations
  • General Political Science

Social Work

Sociology & Criminology

Theology

Theatre

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Design
  • Generalized Theatre

World Languages and Cultures

On to Mastery

More than 30 master’s degree programs offered by the Valparaiso University Graduate School are supervised by members of the Arts & Sciences faculty. These include

  • 11 programs in fields related to administration, commerce, economics, technology, and media
  • 10 programs in counseling and education
  • 12 programs in languages, humanities, and social sciences

Graduate Programs at Valparaiso University »