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Division of Professional Studies

Accounting and Finance Department
Majors: Accounting, Finance
Minor: Business Administration

Education Department
Majors: Special Education, Elementary/Middle Education (Grades 1-8), Middle/Secondary Education
Minors: Early Adolescence/Adolescent Education, STEM Minor for Educators, Education

Exercise and Sport Science Department
Majors: Athletic Training, Exercise and Sport Science

Management and Marketing Department
Majors: Management, Marketing
Minors: Business Administration

Nursing Department
Major: BSN in Nursing

Social Work Department
Major: Social Work 

Division of Arts and Humanities

Asian Studies Program
Major: Asian Studies
Minor: Asian Studies

Art Department
Majors: Studio Art, Art Education, Art History
Minors: Studio Art, Art History, Photography, Film and New Media

Classics Department
Majors: Classical Archaeology, Classical Foundations, Classical Studies
Minors: Classical Studies, Latin

Communication and Digital Media Department
Majors: Communication, Graphic Design, Public Relations
Minors: Communication, Public Relations, Photography, Film and New Media

English Department
Major: English
Minors: English, Creative Writing
Emphases: Creative Writing

Great Ideas Program
Major: Great Ideas
Minor: Great Ideas

History Department
Major: History
Minor: History

Modern Languages Department
Majors: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
Minors: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Music Department
Majors: Music (with emphases in Music, Music Performance, Piano Pedagogy, and Music Theatre); Music Education (vocal/general K-12 and instrumental/general K-12)
Minors: Music

Philosophy Department
Major: Philosophy
Minor: Philosophy

Religion Department
Major: Religion
Minor: Religion

Theatre Department
Majors: Theatre, Theatre Performance, Theatre Technical Directing, Theatrical Costume Design, Theatrical Stage Management
Minors: Dance, Theatre

Women and Gender Studies Program
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies

Division of Natural and Social Sciences

Biology Department
Major: Biology
Minor: Biology
3+2 Program: Occupational Therapy
Emphasis: Paleontology

Chemistry Department
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Chemistry
3+2 Program: Pharmacy
3+2 Program: Engineering

Computer Science Department
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Computer Science

Criminal Justice Program
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Criminal Justice

Economics Department
Major: Economics
Minor: Economics

Environmental Science Program
Major: Environmental Science

Geospatial Science Department
Majors: Geographic Information Science, Geoscience
Minors: Geographic Information Science, Geoscience, and Climatology/Meteorology

International Political Economy Program
Major: International Political Economy

Mathematics Department
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Mathematics

Neuroscience Program
Major: Neuroscience

Physics & Astronomy Department
Major: Physics
Minors: Climatology & Meteorology, Physics
3+2 Program: Engineering

Political Science Department
Major: Political Science
Minor: Political Science

Pre-Health Program
Major: Athletic Training
3+2 Programs: Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy
Guidance/Medical School Preparation: Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Veterinary

Psychological Science Department
Major: Psychology
Minor: Psychology

Sociology Department
Major: Sociology
Minor: Sociology 

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