Majors, Minors, and Other Programs

The College offers more than 100 majors, minors, and areas of specialized study, complementing the breadth of the Core curriculum with an opportunity to delve into a particular area. A major may provide a comprehensive understanding of a well-defined field, such as anthropology or mathematics, or it may be an interdisciplinary program such as Big Problems or Biological Chemistry. The College also sponsors experiential programs known as “UChicago Careers In” that provide students with advising, research, and internships in fields such as business and the health professions.

The undergraduate application process is the same for all students regardless of intended major. In fact, “undecided” is our most popular major. Students are not required to make a final decision about their major until the third year of study. Full-time academic advisers are on hand from the moment students set foot on campus until they have completed their degree.

Major Major Minor Minor Interdisciplinary Opportunity Interdisciplinary Opportunity UChicago Careers In... Program “UChicago Careers In” Program Joint Degree and Professional Options Joint Degree and Professional Options Specializations Specialization

Akkadian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

American Sign Language, Linguistics

Specializations

Ancient Anatolian Languages, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Anthropology

Major

Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Specializations

Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Aramaic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Armenian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Art History

Major Minor

Arts

UChicago Careers In... Program

Asian Languages and Civilizations

UChicago Careers In... Program

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Bangla (Bengali), South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Big Problems

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Biological Chemistry

Major

Biological Sciences

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
Major Minor

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Business

UChicago Careers In... Program

Cancer Biology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Catalan, Romance Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Chemistry

Major

Chicago Studies

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Chinese, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Cinema and Media Studies

Major Minor

Classical Studies

Major Minor

Comparative Human Development

Major

Comparative Literature

Major

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

Major Minor

Computational Neuroscience

Minor Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Computational and Applied Mathematics

Major

Computer Science

Major Minor

Creative Writing

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Czech, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Early Christian Literature

Major

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Major Minor

East European, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Ecology and Evolution, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Economics

Major

Education

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Education Professions

UChicago Careers In... Program

Egyptian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Endocrinology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Engineering, Molecular (Fall 2014)

Minor

English and Creative Writing

Minor

English Language and Literature

Major

Environmental Science

Major

Environmental Studies

Major Minor

French, Romance Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

Major

Ge’ez, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Major Minor

General Slavic, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Genetics, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Geographical Studies

Major

Geophysical Sciences

Major

Germanic Studies

Major Minor

Greek and Roman Cultures, Classical Studies

Specializations

Health Professions

UChicago Careers In... Program

Hebrew, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Hindi, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

History

Major

History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science & Medicine (HIPS)

Major Minor

Human Rights

Minor Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Humanities

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Immunology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

Major

International Studies

Major

Italian, Romance Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Japanese, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Jewish Studies

Major Minor

Journalism

UChicago Careers In... Program

Kazakh, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Korean, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Language and Literature, Classical Studies

Specializations

Language Intensive, Classical Studies

Specializations

Languages in Linguistics, Linguistics

Specializations

Latin American Studies

Major Minor

Law

UChicago Careers In... Program

Law, Letters, and Society

Major

Linguistics

Major Minor

Malayalam, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Marathi, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Mathematics

Major Minor

Mathematics with a Specialization in Economics, Mathematics

Specializations

Medicine

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Medieval Studies

Major

Microbiology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Music

Major Minor

Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Near Eastern History and Civilization, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Major Minor

Neuroscience, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Norwegian Studies

Minor

Pali, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Persian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Philosophy

Major Minor

Philosophy and Allied Fields

Major

Physics

Major Minor

Polish, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Political Science

Major

Portuguese, Romance Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Psychology

Major

Public and Social Service

UChicago Careers In... Program

Public Policy Studies

Major

Religion and the Humanities

Major

Religious Studies

Major

Romance Languages and Literatures

Major Minor

Russian Studies

Major

Russian, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Sanskrit, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Science and Technology

UChicago Careers In... Program

Slavic Languages and Literatures

  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Czech
  • East European
  • General Slavic
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • South Slavic
Major Minor

Social Service Administration

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Sociology

Major Minor

South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

South Slavic, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Spanish, Romance Languages and Literatures

Specializations

Statistics

Major Minor

Sumerian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Swahili, Linguistics

Specializations

Tamil, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Telugu, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Theater and Performance Studies

Major Minor

Tibetan, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Turkish, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Tutorial Studies

Major

Ugaritic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Urdu, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Uzbek, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Visual Arts

Major Minor
 

Choosing a major

For some students, the major serves as a path to a specific career or profession. For other students, the major represents a way to dig into a passionate academic interest.

At a liberal arts institution such as the University of Chicago, your major does not necessarily equal your career path. One possible exception to this is graduate study, because advanced study in a particular field often requires prior work in that discipline. On the other hand, professional schools such as law, public policy, and social work tend to focus on an applicant’s analytic and communication skills, among other qualities.

Most students will change majors at least once during their time on campus. Remember, with very few exceptions, the major will assume more importance to you than to the outside world.

Declaring majors

Unless otherwise specified by the department, the deadline for declaring a major is Spring Quarter of your third year. Declaring a major in the second year can be an advantage if you think you may want to study abroad, attend graduate/professional school, or compete for an internship or fellowship.

Double majors

Double majors are both common and doable, but keep in mind: two majors are NOT seen as better than one.

Declaring minors

Minors permit you to use free electives with intellectual effectiveness—to take a cohesive set of courses in a single subject area. The deadline to declare a minor is the end of Spring Quarter of your third year.

Joint bachelor’s/master’s degree options

A number of joint BA/MA program options are open to students in the College. For more information, visit Joint Degree Programs.