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:

  • Foundational Requirements

    These courses provide broad exposure to the major branches of learning; introduce essential reading, writing, quantitative, and analytical skills; and encourage awareness of the development of human thought over time and of the diversity of human culture. More about foundational requirements »

  • 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. 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

Coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences may also lead to the following degrees granted by the College of Adult Scholars:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Liberal and Professional Studies

The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences is associated with programs leading to these degrees granted by the Valparaiso University Graduate School:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science

Fields of Study

The College of Arts and Sciences houses programs in arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as some preprofessional programs.

NOTE: For a complete list of majors and minors, see Departments and Programs »

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

Computer Science
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

  • 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
Greek and Roman Studies
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

Modern European Studies
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
  • 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
M.Ed. 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

The Valparaiso University Law School and the Valparaiso University Graduate School both offer programs that allow qualifying students to begin graduate study after three years of undergraduate work at Valparaiso University.
Combined Bachelor’s and Law Degree

Through the Valparaiso Law School’s Three Plus Three Program, Valparaiso University students in the College of Arts and Sciences can complete a bachelor’s and a Juris Doctor (law) degree from Valparaiso University in a total of six years.

About the 3+3 program »

Early-entry Master’s Programs

Early-entry programs permit qualified Valpo undergraduate students to apply for early entry into select Valpo graduate programs and enroll in graduate-level coursework during their senior year. This graduate-level coursework will then be applied to both the student’s undergraduate and graduate degrees, offering significant savings in both time and tuition. The Valparaiso University Graduate School offers these 4 + 1 programs:

Other early-entry programs available only to Valpo undergraduate students:

About early-entry graduate programs »