College of Arts and Sciences, USF

Degree Programs

  • B.A. in Africana Studies

    Overview: This program provides all students with the opportunity to study the history, culture and lived experiences of people of African descent in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere; study the influence of Africa and people of African descent on world and U.S. thought, culture and politics; study the social construction and consequences of race and racism; develop needed critical thinking skills to address the often narrow and Eurocentric bias in the current knowledge base; and examine their personal experiences, prejudices and possible contributions in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.

    Specializations: African American Studies, African Studies, African Diaspora Studies

    Career Options: Africana studies alumni have many career opportunities in the areas of business, communications, government, research, law, politics, teaching and counseling, to mention a few.

    Visit the Department of Africana Studies for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in American Studies

    Overview: This degree focuses exclusively on the United States culture. Students will study the fine arts, popular and folk arts, material culture, philosophy and social history.

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    Career Options: American studies alumni can be found in industries such as education, law, government service, medicine, business, historical preservation, museums, libraries, entertainment and politics.

    Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Anthropology

    Overview: Anthropology provides excellent preparation for advanced academic degrees, such as those obtained in medical school, law school, and graduate school in anthropology and other social sciences. Thinking anthropologically fosters critical understanding of cultural assumptions, social conventions, information, and even the concept of culture itself. This level of critical thinking builds the skills and attitudes necessary for working and living in diverse social environments.

    Specializations: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology

    Career Options: This degree prepares students for a number of careers, including: education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, historic preservation, government, non-profit management and forensics. Most professional anthropological jobs require a graduate degree.

    Visit the Department of Anthropology for degree requirements.

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  • B.S. in Biology

    Overview: This degree provides both a strong liberal arts education in biology, and students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of specializations. Students who want to attend a professional school for medicine, dental or veterinary may choose to major in biology.

    Specializations: Biology, Environmental Biology,Integrative Animal Biology,Marine Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology

    Career Options: This degree provides the technical skills for careers in resource management, conservation, teaching, agriculture, medicine, dentistry, microbiology, marine biology, biotechnology, or for post-graduate study in any of the various life sciences.

    Visit the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology for more information about degree requirements for biology majors. Visit the Department of Integrative Biology for more information about degree requirements for environmental biology, integrative animal biology and marine biology majors.

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  • B.S. in Biomedical Sciences

    Overview: This program is designed to fulfill many of the admissions requirements for professional schools in the health sciences (e.g. medicine, pharmacy, dentistry). Students contemplating graduate study should pursue a major in the discipline of their interest, such as biology, chemistry or microbiology.

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    Career Options: Most students pursuing this degree wish to attend graduate or professional school in medicine, optometry, dentistry or biomedical research. This degree can prepare students for a variety of research positions for government agencies and health care companies.

    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Chemistry

    Overview: The B.A. provides a course of study for students whose careers will require a thorough understanding of chemistry required for a variety of professional activities such as in health-related professions, science teaching, business, law and other areas. Students can choose to specialize in biochemistry or health professions. Two semesters of foreign language is required for this degree.

    Specializations: Biochemistry, Health Professions

    Career Options: This degree will prepare students for a career in entry-level research positions, entry into health professional schools, and graduate programs. Students completing this degree can teach secondary school with additional certification. Students who would like to teach at universities or pursue research positions in science industries and government will need a Ph.D.

    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

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  • B.S. in Chemistry

    Overview: The B.S. in chemistry is a rigorous program that supplies the foundation in chemistry required for both the student who begins a chemical vocation immediately upon graduation as well as the one who pursues advanced study in chemistry or related areas. The curriculum for this degree meets the requirements set by the American Chemical Society.

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    Career options: This degree will prepare students for a career in entry-level research positions, entry into health professional schools, and graduate programs. Students completing this degree can teach secondary school with additional certification. Students who would like to teach at universities or pursue research positions in science industries and government will need a Ph.D.

    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Classics

    Overview: This program provides instruction in the Greek and Latin languages, and translation courses that focus on the study of Greek and Roman civilization, literature, mythology, philosophy and religion. This degree program sharpens language and writing skills, improves critical thinking and analytical skills. The extensive study in Greek and Latin is especially useful to students who want to attend law school or medical school.

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    Career Options: Classics is an excellent all-around liberal arts degree that serves as a superb preparation for virtually any field of professional endeavor. Many alumni go on to careers in law, medicine, business, education and publishing.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Communication

    Overview: Communication focuses on the concepts, theories and practice of human communication. Students apply their understanding of communication research and principles to personal, professional, and community relationships and concerns.

    Specializations: Culture and Media, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Public Advocacy, Relational Communication

    Career Options: Students will develop strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, all which are essential to any career. Students will be prepared for careers in education, law, government, nonprofit and business.

    Visit the Department of Communication for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Economics

    Overview: This degree program fully prepares students for a prosperous career in any number of fields such as business and government. Students pursuing an economics degree learn problem-solving skills that can be applied to any career. Specifically, economics students learn how to allocate scarce resources, estimate demand curves or forecast inflation.

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    Career Options: This degree prepares students to conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts on a wide variety of issues, including energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes and employment levels. Economists can be found working for corporations, banks, government, academia or consulting agencies.

    Visit the Department of Economics for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in English

    Overview: Students can choose from three specializations in the English program. Technical Communication and New Media prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields. Literary Studies provides a solid foundation in the study of British and American literature, which can provide students with many skills such as critical thinking and effective self-expression. The creative writing program is designed for aspiring writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

    Specializations: Technical Communication and New Media, Literary Studies, Creative Writing

    Career Options: An English degree prepares students for a wide array of professional and educational fields, including teaching and higher education, law, editing and publishing, corporate and not-for-profit management, medical school, and graduate study in English as well as other disciplines.

    Visit the Department of English for degree requirements.

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  • B.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy

    Overview: Students take supporting courses in physical and natural science, statistics, policy and ethics. In addition, students select electives to strengthen their knowledge within their concentration. Seniors complete a research project or work as an intern for a government agency or private company.

    Specializations: Environmental Science, Environmental Policy

    Career Options: This program prepares students for a variety of careers such as environmental policy, environmental science, environmental law, nonprofit and education. Potential employers include the Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA, engineering firms, nonprofit environmental agencies, consulting companies and state/local government.

    Visit the School of Geosciences for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in French

    Overview: This program offers courses in composition and translation as well as literature and cultural studies, providing students with a wide range of options involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. Some students choose to double major in another field such as education, business, mass communications or political science. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a French-speaking country.

    Specializations: French with an International Studies and Business

    Career Options: This program can help students prepare for a career in teaching, international relations, the foreign service, international business, travel and tourism, communications, journalism and the arts.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Geography

    Overview: This program offers a variety of courses in physical and human geography. Human geography courses focus on the social and spatial effects of the growth of cities, including issues such as the historical evolution of urban form and function, land-use changes and conflicts, economic restructuring, the growth and decline of inner cities, and urban racial and ethnic relations. Physical geography courses focus on major environmental systems including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, pedosphere and biosphere. Particular emphasis is placed on the human modification of the natural environment and the global interconnections of the major earth systems.

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    Career Options: Geography is an interdisciplinary field that offers diverse career opportunities. Geographers work in many different areas, such as environmental management, education, disaster response, city and county planning and community development.

    Visit the School of Geosciences for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Geology

    Overview: The B.A. program is designed primarily for the liberal arts student who has an interest in the subject but who is not preparing for a career in the field, or for the pre-professional school student. Students who elect the B.A. program and decide to pursue the geology profession or attend graduate school will need to take at least physics and field geology.

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    Career Options: The B.A. program meets the needs of many students who plan to use geology as a basis for careers in law (environmental, oil, gas, etc.), medicine, technical writing, education, and resource-related sales and marketing, to name a few possibilities.

    Visit the School of Geosciences for more information about degree requirements.

  • B.S. in Geology

    Overview: Geology is one of the broadest of all sciences because of its dependence on fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics as applied to the study of the earth. Geologists study landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanoes. This program provides the student with a hands-on foundation in the fundamentals of geosciences. A summer field camp is offered for students to learn crucial skills needed by every geologist. Students will be prepared to sit for the state of Florida exam to earn their geologist license.

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    Career Options: Geologists work in a variety of settings. These include: natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and universities. Many geologists do field work at least part of the time. Others spend their time in laboratories, classrooms or offices.

    Visit the Department of Geology for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in German

    Overview: This program offers courses in composition and translation as well as literature and cultural studies, providing our students with a wide range of options involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. Some students choose to double major in another field such as education, business, mass communications or political science. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Germany.

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    Career Options: This program can help students prepare for a career in teaching, international relations, the foreign service, international business, travel and tourism, communications, journalism and the arts.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.S. in Health Sciences

    Overview: This degree is designed as an interdisciplinary program for students who intend to pursue a professional career in the health sciences and allied health professions. The major offers coursework that promotes an understanding of the biological, social, behavioral, economic and ethical factors that influence health care today and disease treatment. The degree has a flexible curriculum so students can choose an area of specialization to suit their career interests.

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    Career Options: This program prepares students for employment in a community agency, a diagnostic laboratory, a hospital, or a pharmaceutical company.

    Visit the Health Sciences website for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in History

    Overview: History embraces a diverse world of ideas, people and events. Our faculty seeks to inform and question, to provoke and to challenge students to a higher level of understanding of the past.

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    Career Options: Accomplished history majors are attractive to all kinds of employers in any number of fields, as well as to graduate and professional schools. Alumni can be found in such diverse professions as law, medicine, business, government, foreign service, politics and education.

    Visit the Department of History for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Humanities

    Overview: This degree focuses on European, North American and Latin American cultural studies through courses in the fine arts, popular and folk arts, material culture, philosophy and social history. Students who choose to major in film and new media studies will study film, television, new media, video games and digital video, and they will graduate with a bachelor's degree along with a certificate in film studies. Film Studies majors learn to see film as an artistic medium, a cultural expression, a rhetorical device, a technical production and a commercial enterprise. The major develops students' analytical, research and writing skills, as well as their creative and technical abilities.

    Specializations: Film and New Media Studies

    Career Options: This degree is a great preparation for graduate school and a variety of jobs. Many alumni go on to careers in law, medicine, business, education and publishing. Most film studies students directly enter the communications job market. Advertising, public relations, technical writing, educational media and freelance filmmaking, just to name a few.

    Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies for degree requirements.

  • B.S. in Information Studies

    Overview: This program integrates a strong foundation in information technology as well as an understanding of human, organizational, policy and other issues.

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    Career Options: Areas that information science professionals work in include: information architecture, information management, knowledge discovery in databases/data mining, human computer interaction, information retrieval/extraction, natural language processing, semantic interoperability, systems analysis and design, library science, informatics (various contexts, such as medical, legal, music, museum, etc.) and a host of areas where information technology is central.

    Visit the School of Information for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations

    Overview: Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations is a broad-based area study encompassing the literature, history, linguistics, art, archaeology, philosophy and religion of Greece, Rome and the Near East from prehistory to late antiquity. Two semesters of Greek or Latin are required.

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    Career Options: This is an excellent all-around liberal arts degree that serves as a superb preparation for virtually any field of professional endeavor. Many alumni pursue careers in law, medicine, business, education and publishing.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences

    Overview: This degree offers flexibility for the student interested in the broad spectrum of natural sciences. The interdisciplinary natural sciences program features the introductory sequence in all of the five natural sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics.

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    Career Options: This program will prepare students for entry into health professional schools and graduate programs. Students completing this degree can teach secondary school with additional certification. Students who would like to teach at universities or pursue research positions in science industries and government will need a Ph.D.

    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

    Overview: This program provides students with the flexibility to pursue a course of study from a range of disciplines. Rather than simply looking at the world through the lens of one discipline, the core of the ISS program encourages students to think in interdisciplinary ways. ISS majors gain an understanding of the linkages between social science disciplines, and develop the ability to creatively synthesize the tools of these traditional disciplines to examine and analyze social issues in new ways.

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    Career Options: Graduates are prepared for the holistic problem solving required in the public and private sector (business, government, legal and nonprofit), as well as further study in graduate school.

    Visit the Department of Sociology for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in International Studies

    Overview: This program provides a general background in world affairs with a special emphasis on political and economic aspects. Courses focus on both general topics (such as conflict, globalization, terrorism and human rights) and area or country studies (the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan and Latin America are among the current offerings).

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    Career Options: Graduates from the program have pursued careers in government, business or non-government organizations that deal with international or global issues. Others have continued their education by attending graduate school or law school.

    Visit the Department of Government and International Affairs for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Italian

    Overview: This program offers courses in composition and translation as well as literature and cultural studies, providing our students with a wide range of options involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. Some students choose to double major in another field such as education, business, mass communications or political science. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Italy. In addition, the Department of History offers a certificate program in Italian studies http://history.usf.edu/isp/.

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    Career Options: This program can help students prepare for a career in teaching, international relations, the foreign service, international business, travel and tourism, communications, journalism and the arts.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Mass Communications

    Overview: The mass communications program is a conditional access program, meaning there are additional admission requirements after a student has been admitted to USF. Students will have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom by working for the campus TV station or campus newspaper. In addition, the School of Mass Communications is home to the Zimmerman Advertising Program. ZAP is a unique partnership with Zimmerman Advertising, the 13th-largest agency in the U.S., and features Zimmerman's top executives who teach USF students the latest skills necessary to thrive in the advertising industry.

    Specializations: Advertising, News (Editorial), Magazine, Telecommunications (News), Telecommunications (Production), Public Relations

    Career Options: Students are taught to think critically, report accurately, research thoroughly and write clearly and effectively, skills that are essential for any career. This degree will prepare students for careers in newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, advertising and public relations. Located in Florida's largest media market, USF students can take advantage of numerous internships offered in the Tampa Bay area.

    Visit the School of Mass Communications for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Mathematics

    Overview: This program offers diverse courses designed not only to enable the student to pursue a profession in mathematics itself, but also to enhance the student's competence in the fields of engineering, the physical sciences, the life sciences and the social sciences. The program emphasizes the broad nature of modern mathematics and its close associations with the real world and prepares students for careers in industry or secondary education as well as entry into graduate school.

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    Career Options: Mathematics is good preparation for a variety of careers, many of which make no special use of mathematics itself, but do require the ability to reason carefully and express oneself clearly. Alumni can be found working as an actuary, industry mathematician, educator or researcher. Almost every bureau and branch of the federal government -- including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Security Agency -- employ mathematicians in various capacities.

    Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for degree requirements.

  • B.S. in Medical Technology

    Overview: This program teaches students to exercise independent judgment, correlate test results, and interpret test findings. This program includes three years of study on campus and a fourth year of internship at one of three participating hospitals: Tampa General (Tampa), Bayfront Medical Center (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and St. Vincent's Hospital (Jacksonville, Fla.). Our students have a nearly 100 percent success in job placement and in passing licensure exams.

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    Career Options: This program will prepare students for a career as medical technologists, or clinical laboratory scientists, who analyze human blood, tissues and bodily fluids, or supervise the performance of thousands of types of medical laboratory tests using a wide variety of precision instruments. They also may conduct research and develop scientific methods to advance the study of disease processes.

    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

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  • B.S. in Microbiology

    Overview: This degree emphasizes a comprehensive program of coursework designed to cover the various subdisciplines of microbiology, together with requirements for hands-on laboratories to expose the students to practical aspects of microbiology.

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    Career Options: Microbiology is an excellent preparatory major for students interested in medical, dental and other health professional training. There are opportunities for employment in government, hospitals, public health laboratories, research laboratories and industrial laboratories (e.g. food, chemical and pharmaceutical companies). Graduates can teach secondary school, as long as they meet teaching certification requirements.

    Visit the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Philosophy

    Overview: The concerns of philosophy range from the arts, the methods and foundations of the sciences, politics, education and religion, to the complex questions relating to the meaning of reality, truth, values and the significance of human history.

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    Career Options: This program provides skills that are useful in any career that demands critical thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, the ability to explain and see ideas, the ability to understand and organize complex information, analytical thinking skills, communication skills, writing skills, comfort with disagreement, calm and rational thinking, and an ability and interest in understanding ideas. Graduates go on to medical school, law school, graduate school or choose to enter the workforce in public, private, governmental and nonprofit agencies.

    Visit the Department of Philosophy for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Physics

    Overview: This program offers the student a general cultural background with a specialization in physics, offering a wide flexibility in electives. This gives the student the possibility to combine the physics major together with a concentration in other areas such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer science, premedical science, business, geology or social sciences.

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    Career Options: Students develop essential job skills such as problem solving, information handling, critical reasoning, logical thought, clear communication and use of computers as an analysis tool. Graduates can be found working in education, medicine, public service, management and research.

    Visit the Department of Physics for degree requirements.

  • B.S. in Physics

    Overview: This is a professional program designed to meet today's standard of science and technology, opening doors to industrial and governmental jobs, and the appropriate level of physics for those students who intend to proceed with graduate studies in physics or related fields.

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    Career Options: Some of the better-known careers for physics majors include academic and industrial research, electronics, alternative energy development, communications or the vital area of medical physics. Physicists are in demand for their analytical skills in many financial, fund management and research roles, in law, as weather forecasters, computer programmers, and as physics and science teachers.

    Visit the Department of Physics for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Political Science

    Overview: This program provides students with a detailed study of the institutions and processes of American government, foundations in political theory, as well as an examination of the international system and foreign political systems through the study of international relations and comparative politics.

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    Career Options: This program prepares students for careers in law, government, political consulting, lobbying, nonprofit sector, education and publishing, just to name a few.

    Visit the Department of Government and International Affairs for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Psychology

    Overview: This program prepares students to better understand behavior and mental processing. The program emphasizes critical thinking skills and knowing how to formulate effective questions and research the answers.

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    Career Paths: Many graduates go on to graduate study in psychology, counseling, law or medical school and other graduate programs. Other graduates find employment in various organizations and businesses.

    Visit the Department of Psychology for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Religious Studies

    Overview: Religious Studies is concerned with those features of the human experience that commonly are referred to as sacred or religious. The matter of the sacred or religious deals with what human cultures and societies regard as the most important and of ultimate concern, past and present.

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    Career Options: The vast majority of religious studies majors do not become members of the clergy, but go on to lead their fields in many other areas. This program is an excellent preparation for law, business school, medicine, or graduate study in counseling, humanities or administration. Additionally, many people with religious studies degrees find employment in social services, international relations, music, and health and welfare organizations, and many others start businesses, found nonprofit organizations, just to name a few.

    Visit the Department of Religious Studies for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Russian

    Overview: This program offers courses in composition and translation as well as literature and cultural studies, providing our students with a wide range of options involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. Some students choose to double major in another field such as education, business, mass communications or political science. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Russia.

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    Career Options: This program can help students prepare for a career in teaching, international relations, the foreign service, international business, travel and tourism, communications, journalism and the arts.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Sociology

    Overview: Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human action. It investigates the structure of groups, organizations and societies ranging from intimate families to hostile mobs; from crime to religion; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a culture; from the workplace to the intimate corners of private life. Students acquire a broad liberal arts education and a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives.

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    Career Options: Employment opportunities are quite varied. Some go on to work for human service agencies; others work in personnel, criminal justice, and urban planning; others enter graduate programs in sociology, education, law, medicine or social work.

    Visit the Department of Sociology for degree requirements.

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  • B.A. in Spanish

    Overview: This program offers courses in composition and translation as well as literature and cultural studies, providing our students with a wide range of options involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. Some students choose to double major in another field such as education, business, mass communications or political science. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

    Specializations: Spanish International Studies and Business

    Career Options: This program can help students prepare for a career in teaching, international relations, the foreign service, international business, travel and tourism, communications, journalism and the arts.

    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Statistics

    Overview: Statistics is a science of information gathering, data analysis, and decision making. It is a discipline that blends the applied with the. These courses provide an excellent preparation for careers in industrial statistics, actuarial science, biostatistics and statistical research.

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    Career Options: Statistics can be used in a wide variety of fields within science, technology, business, health and social sciences. Statistics graduates work in education, banking and finance, production management, insurance, risk management, health and medicine, and government.

    Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for degree requirements.

  • B.A. in Women's Studies

    Overview: This program critically examines women's experiences and takes into consideration historical, cultural, racial, class and other differences. Enhancing knowledge about feminism and gender studies through teaching, emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity, the department focuses on critical thinking, collaborative learning and personal empowerment.

    Specializations: Women of Color Studies

    Career Options: This program prepares students for positions in organizations that focus on gender and diversity issues, such as government, research and service organizations. Students graduate with strong writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation and leadership skills that are valued by many employers.

    Visit the Department of Women's and Gender Studies for degree requirements.

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