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

Anthropology

Major

Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Specializations

Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations  

Architecture, Art History

Minor

Art History

Major Minor

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Astrophysics, Physics

Specializations

Big Problems

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Biological Chemistry

Major

Biological Sciences

Major Minor

Business

UChicago Careers In... Program

Cancer Biology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Catalan, Romance Languages and Literatures

Minor

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Chemistry

Major Joint Degree and Professional Options

Chicago Studies

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Cinema and Media Studies

Major Minor

Classical Hebrew Language and Civilization, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Classical Studies

Major Minor

Clinical and Translational Science

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Comparative Human Development

Major

Comparative Literature

Major

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

Major Minor

Computational Neuroscience, Biological Sciences

Minor Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Computational and Applied Mathematics

Major

Computer Science

Major Minor Joint Degree and Professional Options

Creative Writing

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Cuneiform Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

  • Assyriology
  • Hittitology
  • Sumerology
Specializations

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
Major Minor

Ecology and Evolution, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Economics

Major

Education

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Education Professions

UChicago Careers In... Program

Egyptology/Egyptian Languages and Civilizations, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Endocrinology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Engineering, Molecular

Major Minor

English and Creative Writing, English Language and Literature

Minor

English Language and Literature

Major

Environmental Science

Major

Environmental Studies

Major Minor

French, Romance Languages and Literatures

Minor Specializations

Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

Major

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Major Minor

Genetics, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Geographical Studies

Major

Geophysical Sciences

Major

Germanic Studies

  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Yiddish
Major Minor

Global Studies

Major

Health Professions

UChicago Careers In... Program

History

Major Minor

History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and 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 Relations

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Islamic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Kazakh
  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Uzbek
Specializations

Italian, Romance Languages and Literatures

Minor Specializations

Jewish Studies

Major Minor

Journalism, Arts, and Media

UChicago Careers In... Program

Latin American Studies

  • Haitian Kreyol
Major Minor

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Law

UChicago Careers In... Program

Law, Letters, and Society

Major

Linguistics

  • American Sign Language
  • Basque
  • Modern Greek
  • Swahili
Major Minor

Mathematics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics with a Specialization in Economics
Major Minor Joint Degree and Professional Options

Mathematics with a Specialization in Economics, Mathematics

Specializations

Medicine

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Medieval Studies

Major Minor

Microbiology, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Middle Eastern Studies

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Music

Major Minor

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

  • Akkadian
  • Ancient Anatolian Languages
  • Arabic
  • Aramaic (Syriac)
  • Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East
  • Armenian
  • Classical Hebrew Language and Civilization
  • Cuneiform Studies
  • Egyptian
  • Egyptology/Egyptian Language and Civilizations
  • Ge'ez (Classic Ethiopic)
  • Hebrew
  • Islamic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies
  • Kazakh
  • Near Eastern Judaica
  • Persian
  • Sumerian
  • Turkish
Major Minor

Near Eastern Judaica, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Specializations

Neuroscience, Biological Sciences

Specializations

Norwegian Studies, Germanic Studies

Minor

Philosophy

  • Philosophy and Allied Fields
Major Minor

Philosophy and Allied Fields, Philosophy

Specializations

Physics

  • Astrophysics
Major Minor

Political Science

Major

Portuguese, Romance Languages and Literatures

Minor

Psychology

Major

Public Policy and Service

UChicago Careers In... Program

Public Policy Studies

Major Joint Degree and Professional Options

Religious Studies

Major Minor

Romance Languages and Literatures

  • Catalan
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Major Minor

Russian and East European Studies

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

UChicago Careers In... Program

Social Sciences

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Social Service Administration

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Sociology

Major

South Asian Languages and Civilizations

  • Bangla (Bengli)
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Pali
  • Sanskrit
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Tibetan
  • Urdu
Major Minor

Spanish, Romance Languages and Literatures

Minor Specializations

Statistics

Major Minor Joint Degree and Professional Options

Theater and Performance Studies

Major Minor

Tutorial Studies

Major

Urban Teaching

Joint Degree and Professional Options

Visual Arts

  • Studio Track
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.