Weinberg Majors

Here is a listing of each Weinberg Major and the skills and industries within it.

African American Studies

African American Studies majors compare the black experience in various parts of the world, allowing students to learn to analyze identity, race, and racism as formations that change over time and space.  Major themes in the curriculum include the nature of colonization; trans-Atlantic slavery; racism; the black diaspora; oral language; development of black music, literature, and religious styles; black politics; social movements; and analysis of family, gender, class relations, and sexuality.  *A number of African-American Studies majors will also choose a double major within WCAS, Medill, and SESP. 

Skills Gained

  • Learn to critically analyze cultures: people, language, and history
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Awareness of intercultural conflicts and perspectives
  • Ability to academically defend a position
  • Understand community and people

Industries

  • Education
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Urban Planning
  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Social Work
  • Non-profit
  • Politics
American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary honors major that is comparative and internationally oriented. It examines the development of expressions of national culture alongside those of the borderland and diasporic American cultures, and amongst global cultures. American Studies draws on a broad range of faculty from the humanities and social sciences so that students can examine components of U.S. culture, the diverse experiences of Americans, and others affected by Americans locally, nationally, and globally.  It provides majors with broad and in-depth knowledge of the world in which we live.

Skills Gained

  • Ability to research and present relevant material
  • Ability to develop an effective and sophisticated argument
  • Appreciation and awareness of intercultural perspectives and issues
  • Diverse and original thinking that crosses traditional or disciplinary boundaries
  • Curiosity and inquisitiveness
  • Effective oral and written communication/expression skills
  • Flexibility of thought and ability to connect academic issues to broader themes
  • Ability to comprehend diverse and global ideas and values
  • Knowledge of historical and cultural contexts
  • Appreciation for social activism and social progressiveness, locally, nationally, and globally

Industries

  • Government
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Museums & Archives
  • Politics, Public Policy & Activism
  • Social work
  • Urban Planning
  • Publishing
  • Non-profit
Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human behavior. The field is wide in scope, addressing both the comparative study of world wide variations in culture and the development of humankind from prehistoric to contemporary times. It considers such questions as how people’s behavior changes over time, how people move about the world, why and how people from distant parts of the world and dissimilar cultures are different and the same, how the human species has evolved over millions of years, and how individuals understand and operate successfully in distinct cultural settings. Anthropologists seek to understand the origin and nature of human social and biological diversity. Anthropology is a holistic discipline with various subfields- archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Skills Gained

  • Awareness of intercultural perspectives and an appreciation for difference
  • Ability to make critical observations and evaluations
  • Strong skills in verbal and written expression
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Critical reading and writing skills
  • Attention to detail and nuances in language, records, and human behavior
  • Strong research, analysis, and investigative techniques
  • Capacity to process a large amount of information and summarize into an idea or argument, clearly and objectively
  • Effective listening skills
  • Wide knowledge of historical contexts, intercultural conflicts, and perspectives; appreciation for difference

Industries

  • Museums & Archives
  • Archaeology
  • Government & Policy
  • Urban Planning
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Journalism & Writing
  • Non-profit
  • Marketing
  • Interpreting & Translating
  • Healthcare & Public Health
Art History

Art History studies the art and architecture of the world from antiquity to the present. It analyzes visual objects from multiple perspectives and focuses on understanding their aesthetic and historical significance as well as their social relevance and formal characteristics. It also studies individual artists or makers, cultural institutions, audiences, and intercultural exchanges. Because the field is inherently interdisciplinary, it often requires engagement with anthropology, philosophy, political science, history, literature, film, performance, theater, and theories of race, gender, class, and sexuality.

Skills Gained

  • Strong independent research skills
  • Excellent skills in critical reading through archives and libraries
  • Ability to think logically and analytically and make critical observations and evaluations
  • Creative thinking
  • Advanced skills in writing including capacity to form cogent and sophisticated arguments
  • Careful attention to language and ability to acquire language skills
  • Capacity to synthesize a large body of information
  • Ability to understand diverse ideas and values and a sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Awareness of complexities of understanding and openness to new ideas and perspectives
  • Wide knowledge of historical contexts, intercultural conflicts, and perspectives

Industries

  • Education
  • Galleries, Museums, & Auction Houses
  • Appraisals & Collection Management
  • Journalism & Writing
  • Publishing
  • Production (film & theater)
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Art & Design
  • Non-profit
  • Performance
Art Theory & Practice

Art Theory & Practice explores both the making of contemporary art and the ideas and theories that drive it. The department strives to foster intellectual independence, intense critical dialogue, and cutting-edge practices that push the boundaries of aesthetic and cultural experience. Students study studio arts such as painting, drawing, photography, and visual arts in addition to digital animation, video, and conceptual art practices, blending newer trends with established practices. Beyond the development of skills and training in techniques, the study of art involves gaining both an understanding of visual thinking and an awareness of histories, issues, and concepts that bear on the direction and role of the visual arts in our culture today.

Skills Gained

  • Creativity, flexibility, and the ability to execute creative decisions
  • Ability to independently conceptualize and manage multiple projects simultaneously  
  • Ability to execute visual ideas into unique, concrete products
  • Strong grasp of the creative process, including methodology
  • Ability to make critical and abstract observations and evaluations
  • Ability to observe and analyze introspectively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledgeable of popular culture and artistic events, understanding of new and different ideas and perspectives
  • Ability to think clearly and form cogent arguments
  • Strong technical skills (painting, writing, computer)

Industries

  • Education
  • Galleries, Museums, and Auction Houses
  • Retail
  • Journalism
  • Illustration
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Digital Arts & Graphic Design
  • Non-profit
  • Performance
  • Architecture & Design
Asian Studies

Asian studies majors learn in depth about some part of the vast area covered by Asia.  Students enrich themselves by expanding their understanding and empathy for rich civilizations distant from American experience.

Skills Gained

  • Interest in and ability to speak foreign languages
  • Awareness of intercultural conflicts and perspectives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Wide ranging curiosity and creative thinking
  • Possess a diversity of knowledge across many topics
  • Savvy about international politics
  • Ability to think logically, critically and make analogies
  • Ability to understand ideas and values
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary

Industries

  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profit
  • Government
  • Politics, Public Policy & Activism
Biological Sciences

Biology is the study of life. Biologists study the diversity, history, and structure of living things and their components, at community, population, individual, cellular, molecular, and biochemical levels. 

Skills Gained

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Maintain accuracy and precision with data and research findings
  • Analytical and quantitative abilities
  • Testing of ideas and hypothesis
  • Critical observation and problem solving of cause and effect
  • Oral and written communication
  • Project planning and management
  • Opportunity to conducting research with faculty members
  • Understanding of biological theories and foundations
  • Statistical and mathematical operations

Industries

  • Aquariums/Zoos
  • Biological/Biomedical/Genetic testing companies
  • Hospitals
  • National & state parks
  • Universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Research firms
  • Government agencies
Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of materials and energies. It focuses on composition, characteristics, changes, reactions, and uses of matter. Major sub-branches within chemistry include inorganic and organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry. Chemistry is used to produce food, clothing, drugs, plastics, paper, etc. Knowledge of chemistry is crucial to environmental protection efforts as well as health and safety.

Skills Gained

  • Analytical and problem-solving aptitude
  • Project management and organization
  • Written and oral communication of research findings and scientific theories
  • Effective monitoring of chemical properties, results, and changes
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a lab
  • Use of technology to examine, analyze, and maintain research findings
  • Developing ideas and designing experiments
  • Precision and attentiveness to detail
  • Understanding of chemical materials and specialized tools
  • Proficiency in memorizing and synthesizing large amounts of information and data

Industries

  • Agricultural companies
  • Chemical laboratories
  • University research
  • Food and beverage companies
  • Health and protection branches
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Science museums
Classics

Classics is a demanding and distinctive course of study that stresses the development of some exceedingly important intellectual sensibilities—close reading, analytical clarity, thorough research, evaluation of evidence, logical analysis, effective writing, appreciation of nuance and subtleties, historical variability, cultural differences.

Skills Gained

  • Independence of thought and ability to generate important questions
  • Creative initiative and problem solving
  • Cultural competency and adaptability
  • Understand ethics and professional integrity
  • Ability to analyze arguments from multiple perspectives
  • Strong research and close reading skills
  • Proficiency in classical languages
  • Understand English and classical grammar
  • Ability to communicate ideas in multiple ways

Industries

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Government
  • Education
  • Non-profit
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Public Policy
  • Business
Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is the scientific study of the mind and brain with the goal of understanding the nature of thought. It is an inherently interdisciplinary field that investigates mental functions in humans, animals, and machines. Students who major in cognitive science study how people learn, reason, and remember, how we acquire and use language, and how cognition develops in children. The field of cognitive science emerged out of a combination of advances in cognitive and linguistic research, in artificial intelligence and computer science, and in the beginnings of neuroscience; cognitive science allows students to think about problems from a variety of perspectives.

Skills Gained

  • Strong research, analysis, and investigative techniques
  • Technical skills; an understanding of computer science and its application to research within the Liberal Arts
  • Ability to observe, analyze, and interpret individual behavior of humans, animals, and computers
  • Mechanistic and pragmatic approach to problem-solving
  • Attention to detail and nuance in language
  • Ability to quickly understand, synthesize, and analyze large amounts of information
  • Ability to effectively integrate converging sources of evidence and generate clear hypotheses
  • In-depth understanding of human cognition, learning, and information processing
  • A broad perspective on how science affects societal and individual mindsets
  • Expertise in investigating and solving complex problems

Industries

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Digital Arts & Graphic Design
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Artificial Intelligence & Computer Programming
  • Interface Technology
  • Museums
  • Consulting
Comparative Literary Studies

Comparative Literary Studies is the interdisciplinary study of literature and cultures through the questioning of nationality, linguistic practices, history, and the uses of media and the visual arts. It studies the themes, conventions, and movements shared by literary traditions, as well as the features that differentiate them. Students consider a wide range of literary texts, including literature outside of the Europe and the Americas, as well as the literatures of excluded or marginalized groups. Students also examine literary theories and critical approaches to literature.

Skills Gained

  • Excellent language acquisition skills, competency in at least one foreign language
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills; analytical, persuasive, articulate, and succinct
  • Detailed research and analysis skills; thorough investigative techniques
  • Attention to detail and the ability to make critical observations and evaluations
  • Ability to think logically and critically about abstract, philosophical, and theoretical concepts
  • Flexibility of thought
  • Ability to develop and ask powerful and relevant questions
  • Wide ranging curiosity
  • Critical reading skills, ability to process and synthesize large amounts of information
  • Wide knowledge of historical contexts, intercultural conflicts and perspectives; appreciation for difference

Industries

  • Publishing
  • Marketing & Market Research
  • Education
  • Museums & Archives
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Interpreting & Translation
  • Journalism & Creative Writing
  • Art & Design
  • Government
  • Non-profit
Computer Science

Computer Science is a combination of computer programming and the theoretical components of computers and computing.  Career areas include: applying theory, designing programming tools, creating computer games, advancing the use of virtual reality, increasing human-computer interaction, and maintaining robotics.

Skills Gained

  • Advanced quantitative abilities
  • Understanding of computer language and systems
  • Ability to cope with constant change
  • Abstract reasoning and critical observation
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to analyze cause and effects
  • Ability to gather and tabulate data
  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information
  • Effective research skills
  • Extensive concentration and attention to detail
  • Computer Literacy

Industries

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Aerospace
  • Power/energy
  • Financial Services/Banking
  • Computer Programming/Technology 
Earth and Planetary Sciences

Earth and Planetary Sciences focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological processes spanning diverse spatial and temporal scales, from the atomic to interplanetary and from the modern-day to the origin of the solar system. Earth and planetary scientists address fundamental scientific questions important for understanding the Earth and society's connection to it.

Skills Gained

  • Interest for care of environment and people
  • Working with governmental agencies
  • Analysis of cause and effects
  • Formulate and defend positions
  • Gather and tabulate data
  • Operate scientific equipment
  • Make critical observations and evaluations
  • Organize, conduct and explain research
  • Wide ranging curiosity
  • Testing of ideas and hypotheses

Industries

  • Environmental consulting
  • Federal government agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, etc.),
  • Petroleum companies
  • State government
Economics

Economics majors are the largest major in Northwestern University.  Economics majors learn how to critically analyze organizations and individuals by investigating market trends, history, and laws in order to forecast higher living standards or a desirable distribution of well-being. 

Skills Gained

  • Knowledge of how markets function
  • Formulation of thoughts through critical analysis of a subject
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to read and manipulate quantitative data
  • Effective business and government practices

Industries

  • Business
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Public Policy
  • Non-profit
  • Entrepreneurship
English

English focuses on literature, language, and writing. English studies both the traditional literary genres of fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as other kinds of texts, such as film, archival documents, media productions, and more. Students examine literature’s relationship to its intellectual and artistic traditions, as well as to history, philosophy, culture, and related fields. The English department also teaches the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. 

Skills Gained

  • Excellent proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, and analytical reasoning
  • Wide knowledge of historical contexts and perspectives
  • Attention to detail and the ability to make critical observations and evaluations
  • Wide ranging curiosity
  • Creative thinking
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Ability to quickly digest large amounts of information and interpret into practical discourse
  • Ability to think logically and critically and develop effective and sophisticated arguments
  • Awareness of intercultural conflicts and perspectives and an ability to understand different ideas and values
  • Strong research and analysis skills

Industries

  • Journalism & Writing
  • Education
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Market Research & Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Libraries
  • Law
  • Production (TV, film, & theater)
Environmental Science

Environmental Science majors aim to address the preservation and understanding of the natural world. The curriculum synthesizes courses in the natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences important for understanding the environment, the impact human activities have on it, and ways for mitigating and managing such impacts.  Majors learn integrative and quantitative approaches for solving environmental problems spanning local to global scales, such as air and water pollution, biodiversity, climate change, energy, human health, and sustainability.

Skills Gained

  • Maintain accurate records
  • Operate scientific equipment
  • Make critical observations and evaluations
  • Observe and analyze introspectively
  • Organize and memorize detailed information
  • Research, analyze, and organize information
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • Summarize and solve complicated material
  • Think logically and critically and make analogies
  • Design and complete in-depth projects
  • Knowledge of dissection and laboratory techniques
  • Testing ideas and hypotheses

Industries

  • Environmental planning and consulting companies
  • Country, state, and federal environmental agencies
  • Environmental education
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Environmental law and policy
French

French majors gain a solid grounding and good fluency in the French language and basic familiarity with French/Francophone culture and society. 

Skills Gained

  • Appreciation for and interest in exploring other cultures
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary through oral and written communication
  • Gain first-hand experience through Study Abroad Program
  • Strong listening, clarifying, and memorizing skills
  • Flexibility of thinking and strong critical thinking skills
  • Understand cross-cultural issues and perspectives
  • Ability to consider historical influences on contemporary issues

Industries

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government
  • Education
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Business
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Non-profit
  • Food & Beverage
Gender & Sexuality Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws upon more than 20 departments and across several schools. The many topics in Gender & Sexuality Studies are united in their focus on gender, sex, and sexuality. Gender & Sexuality Studies asks questions about gender and sexuality in the United States, transnationally, and in history and answers them using research tools from the humanities and social sciences, feminist, masculinity, LGBT, and queer studies. Students who major in Gender & Sexuality Studies study to understand sex, gender, desire, and the complex relations among them as malleable products of culture, changing tremendously over time and across different societies.

Skills Gained

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think logically and critically
  • Ability to develop effective, concise, and sophisticated arguments
  • Appreciation for social activism and social progressiveness, locally, nationally, and globally
  • Strong research and analysis skills, capacity to synthesize information 
  • Flexibility of thought and ability to connect academic and historical issues to broader themes and cultural contexts
  • Comprehensive approach to problem solving, including the consideration of implications and outcomes
  • Understanding and appreciation of multiple perspectives
  • Attention to detail and subtle distinctions
  • Concern for and sensitivity to others, ability to identify and understand individual needs

Industries

  • Government & Public Policy
  • Healthcare & Public Health
  • Marketing
  • Social Activism & Lobbying
  • Advocacy
  • Non-profit
  • Education
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Art & Design
German

As one of the strongest industrial powers in the world and a major force in the European Union, Germany plays a crucial role in international business and politics. German speakers have access to today's key players in business and politics, as well as to fascinating historical, literary and cultural texts.

Skills Gained

  • Appreciation for and interest in exploring other cultures
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Proficiency in a modern foreign language
  • Strong listening, clarifying, and memorizing skills
  • Ability to think logically and work both independently and collaboratively
  • Flexibility of thinking and strong critical thinking skills
  • Understand cross-cultural issues and perspectives
  • Summarize and present information
  • Ability to consider historical influences on contemporary issues

Industries

  • Business
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government
  • Education
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Non-profit
  • Public Health & Policy
  • Law
History

History grounds students in a comparative and interdisciplinary liberal arts education. History takes students outside of their own time and place to learn from others’ experiences. Students study a range of geographic areas and periods, while pursuing specialized interests and individual research. Students have the opportunity to study African, American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle-Eastern history. History concentrates on helping students learn to ask informed questions about the past and to answer them persuasively.

Skills Gained

  • Understanding of history and development as it applies to nations and groups of people
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills; analytical, persuasive, articulate, and succinct
  • Ability to creatively teach concepts and communicate ideas
  • Detailed research and analysis skills; thorough investigative techniques
  • Awareness of intercultural conflicts and perspectives, appreciation for difference
  • Ability to think critically and logically to develop themes and sophisticated arguments
  • Excellent proficiency in interdisciplinary thinking
  • Ability to quickly understand, synthesize, and analyze large amounts of information
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to develop and ask powerful and relevant questions

Industries

  • Education
  • Museums, Archives, & Libraries
  • Government
  • Journalism & Writing
  • Law
  • Politics & Policy
  • Editing
  • Foreign Service
  • Non-profit
  • Documentary Filmmaking
Integrated Science

The Integrated Science Program combines natural sciences and mathematics in small class settings at an accelerated pace. ISP courses emphasize the common base and relationships of the sciences and stress the importance of mathematics and the development of first principles. This foundation in turn leads to the study of advanced topics at the forefront of science.

Skills Gained

  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Sound research experience
  • Strong scientific understanding in a wide range of chemistry, biology, and physics
  • Technological/computer abilities
  • Analytical and problem-solving aptitude
  • Project management and organization
  • Written and oral communication of research findings and scientific theories
  • Effective monitoring of chemical properties, results, and changes
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a lab
  • Statistical and mathematical operations
  • Opportunity to conducting research with faculty members

Industries

  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Research
  • Environmental conservation
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Consulting 
Italian

Italian majors gain proficiency in language and culture with an emphasis on visual culture. 

Skills Gained

  • Appreciation for and interest in exploring other cultures
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary through oral and written communication
  • Gain first-hand experience through Study Abroad Program
  • Strong listening, clarifying, and memorizing skills
  • Flexibility of thinking and strong critical thinking skills
  • Understand cross-cultural issues and perspectives
  • Ability to consider historical influences on contemporary issues
  • Appreciation for fine art and artists

Industries

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government
  • Education
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Business
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Non-profit
  • Food & Beverage
Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at Northwestern encompasses courses on cultural, historical, linguistic, literary, philosophical, political, religious, and sociological topics related to Judaism. The purpose of the Jewish Studies major is to provide students with a broad understanding of the full range of Jewish experience and an in depth understanding of aspects of that history and culture.

Skills Gained

  • Ability to think critically and interpret data
  • Perceive the world from multiple points of view/ understanding of different cultures
  • Effective writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to Influence and persuade
  • Ability to read, reflect, and critique
  • Understand components of complex problems
  • Analyze texts and information
  • Manage a project from conception to completion

Industries

  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profit
  • Government
  • Politics, Public Policy & Activism
  • Religion
  • Communications
  • Media
Latina and Latino Studies

Latina and Latino Studies majors will be exposed to the intellectual, methodological, and disciplinary traditions in Latina/o Studies.  Studies are focused on histories, political experiences, cultural, artistic, and material expressions, and overall traditions. 

Skills Gained

  • Perceive the world from multiple points of view/ understanding of different cultures
  • Understand components of complex problems
  • Analyze texts and information
  • Distinguish patterns/structures
  • Learn to critically analyze cultures: people, language, and history
  • Understand community and people

Industries

  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profit
  • Government
  • Politics, Public Policy & Activism
  • Religion
  • Communications
  • International Affairs
Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, including sounds, grammar, and meaning. Linguistics considers language from psychological, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical viewpoints. Linguists study problems of a more practical nature such as language acquisition, computerized speech production, the relationship between language and social status, the use of language in a precise manner, effective teaching of language, and language as a persuasive force.

Skills Gained

  • Ability to make critical and insightful observations and generate clear hypotheses and predictions
  • Strong research, analysis, and investigative techniques
  • A broad perspective on human knowledge and appreciation for cultural differences
  • Flexibility of thinking
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of cross-cultural language development, variation in languages, and linguistic issues
  • Mechanistic and pragmatic approach to solving complex problems
  • Attention to detail and nuances in language
  • Understanding of context and the use of language
  • Statistical modeling and computational modeling of complex data sets
  • Data analysis and analytics

Industries

  • Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Foreign Service
  • Marketing & Market Research
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Computer Programming & Information Technology
  • Non-profit
  • Linguistics (computational, forensic)
  • Human-computer interaction
  • System design
  • Speech and hearing health services
Materials Science

Materials Science studies the structure and properties of materials and the relationships between them. Internal structural properties and processes of solids are investigated to increase understanding of how materials are produced and how they behave. Materials science involves researching ceramics, metals, glasses, plastics, polymers, biomaterials and semiconductors. This major may also focus on ways to enhance materials or develop new materials to be used in various products.

Skills Gained

  • Record and analyze data
  • Knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics concepts
  • Experience utilizing laboratory equipment (e.g. microscopes and spectrometers)
  • Ability to identify and characterize materials used in everyday life
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of materials production process
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Industries

  • Biotechnology/pharmaceuticals
  • Computer manufacturing/Electronics
  • Government agencies
  • Oil and gas
  • National laboratories
  • Consumer products
Mathematics

Mathematics involves analyzing the relationship between quantities, magnitudes and forms. Students learn about the concepts and formulas involved in mathematics and use these concepts and logic to solve real-life problems. Mathematics can be classified as theoretical or applied and there are various specializations in mathematics.

Skills Gained

  • Flexible and critical thinking
  • Persistence with problem identification and problem solving
  • Knowledge of math theory and computer technology
  • Oral and written communication skills

Industries

  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Programming/Information Technology
  • Financial Services/Banking
  • Insurance
  • Marketing/Market Research
  • Education
Middle East and North African Studies

Middle East and North African Studies majors pursue and develop their interests in the history, languages, literatures, politics, and societies of this large and diverse region of the world.  The MENA program gives students a critical understanding of one of the most important regions of the world. 

Skills Gained

  • Language skills in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Turkish
  • Analyze self and world through other languages and cultures
  • Learn to investigate and research well
  • Understand components of complex problems
  • Summarize and present information
  • Comprehend the region and trends

Industries

  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profit
  • Government
  • Politics, Public Policy & Activism
  • Religion
  • Communications
  • International Affairs
Philosophy

The study of philosophy involves the critical discussion of the most fundamental questions asked by human beings: who we are, what we know, how we should live. Philosophy majors develop a breadth of understanding and clarity of thought. Philosophy provides students with an ethical education and rigorous training on universal skills and abilities.

Skills Gained

  • Ability to determine the morally relevant features of situations, actions, and policies
  • Strong research and analysis skills, ability to sort data; compile, rank, and evaluate information
  • Reasoning and persuasion skills, ability to explain ideas and principles to others without violating others’ rights
  • Comprehensive and pragmatic approach to problem solving
  • In-depth understanding of the structure of human thought
  • Excellent language and verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to differentiate fact from value
  • Capacity to process a large amount of information and summarize into a clear and objective argument or idea
  • Flexibility of thought
  • Attention to detail and subtle distinctions

Industries

  • Law
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Journalism
  • Non-profit
  • Government & Policy
Physics & Astronomy

Astronomy studies the planetary and galactic phenomenon that occurs in the universe. It studies how the planets, stars and galaxies have evolved and operated over time. Astronomy also focuses on observing and recording celestial occurrences.

Physics studies the structure of materials and particles within the universe. It examines the interaction between matter and energy considering time, distance, and temperature while utilizing mathematical and computational methods to explain these interactions. Physics also helps others understand how particles are created and utilizes laboratory equipment to examine forces of nature.    

Skills Gained

  • Recording, analyzing and reporting data
  • Strong scientific and mathematical proficiencies
  • Ability to work in small and large teams and independently
  • Experience working with laboratory equipment such as spectrometers, lasers and microscopes
  • Knowledge of computers, electronics and chemical structures
  • Critical thinking and complex problem solving
  • Analysis of causes and effects
  • Oral and written communication skills

Industries

  • Government agencies
  • Science education
  • National laboratories
  • Engineering firms
  • Universities
  • Planetariums/observatories/museums
  • Electronics
  • Informational technology
Political Science

Political Science is the study of power, politics, and government. Political Science focuses on political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and American politics. It investigates a variety of topics, pressing issues, and political phenomena including: war, strategy, law, legislation, local politics, public life, voting, values, deliberation, propaganda, public opinion, authority, community power, urban dynamics, poverty, human rights, social capital, race, gender, ideology, class, bureaucracy, central banks, executive power, foreign policy, trade flows, international organizations, revolutions, and failed states in all parts of the world.

Skills Gained

  • Detailed research and analysis skills; thorough investigative techniques
  • Comprehensive and pragmatic approach to problem solving that considers all factors contributing to a problem
  • In-depth knowledge of organizational development and behavior
  • Appreciation for social activism and social progressiveness, locally, nationally, and globally
  • Ability to quickly understand, synthesize, and analyze large amounts of information
  • Ability to determine the legality and legitimacy of situations, actions, and policies
  • Flexibility of thought and ability to connect academic issues and historical contexts to broader themes
  • Curiosity and inquisitiveness; ability to develop and ask powerful and relevant questions
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills; articulate, analytical, and succinct
  • Thorough understanding of and appreciation for citizenship

Industries

  • Law
  • Government, Politics, & Policy
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • International Relations
  • Non-profit & NGOs
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations
  • Service (Peace Corps)
Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of data. It seeks to understand and explain normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, development, and individual differences. Because it considers the mental, attitudinal, motivational, and behavioral characteristics of individuals, Psychology has many subdivisions and areas of specialization. Students have an opportunity to gain a general understanding of the field, an understanding of the research techniques used by psychologists, and hands-on research experience.

Skills Gained

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Understanding of ethical practice
  • In-depth knowledge of human development and behavior
  • Comprehensive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to observe, analyze, and interpret information and individual behavior
  • Concern for and sensitivity to others, ability to identify and understand needs
  • Strong research and analysis skills (qualitative and quantitative); thorough investigative techniques
  • Effective listening skills and an ability to clarify goals and issues
  • Ability to present complex ideas and information effectively
  • Consideration of multiple perspectives, flexibility of thought

Industries

  • Public Policy & Social Policy
  • Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing & Market Research
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Education
  • Non-profit
  • Sales
  • Consulting
  • Counseling & Clinical Practice
Religious Studies

Religious Studies examines the history, texts, and lived religious practices that have shaped the world.  Religious Studies looks at the study of religions as historical and cultural phenomena. Students explore religious traditions, histories, cultures, beliefs, practices, sacred texts, sacred stories, and material productions from around the world. Religious Studies is fundamentally interdisciplinary, drawing from anthropology, history, philosophy, ethics, sociology, and literary studies.

Skills Gained

  • In-depth understanding of global issues and trends, both historical and contemporary
  • Awareness of intercultural conflicts and perspectives, appreciation for differences in values and ideas
  • Detailed research and analysis skills; thorough investigative techniques
  • Ability to quickly understand, synthesize, and analyze large amounts of information
  • Excellent language skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think logically and critically about complex domestic and global issues
  • Flexibility of thought and ability to connect academic and historical issues to broader themes and cultural contexts
  • Curiosity and inquisitiveness; ability to develop and ask powerful and relevant questions
  • Attention to detail and subtle distinctions
  • Ability to connect with individuals from a variety of backgrounds; intercultural sensitivity

Industries

  • Government & Policy
  • Foreign Service
  • Education
  • Marketing, Market Research, & Advertising
  • Law
  • Human Resources
  • Non-profit & NGOs
  • International Development
  • Museums & Archives
  • Social Services & Advocacy
Slavic Languages and Literature

Slavic Languages and Literature students learn to appreciate broad processes of literary and cultural evolution, literary theory, and aesthetics as well as to improve their analytic reading and writing skills.

Skills Gained

  • Proficiency in a modern, foreign language
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Adaptability to other cultures and understanding of values systems
  • Ability to read critically, summarize ideas, and listen carefully
  • Expertise in evaluating evidence, reporting and editing data
  • Understanding of historical and cultural influences
  • Comparative translation and interpretation skills
  • Knowledge of international politics
  • Ability to explain concepts and complex ideas

Industries

  • Print
  • Government
  • Non-profit
  • Higher Education
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare Administration
  • International Affairs
  • Human Resources
Sociology

Sociology is the broadest of all of the social sciences; it begins with the social relations that structure individual behavior. Sociology concentrates on those relations that create and maintain inequalities, looking at the social movements, legal and economic systems, institutions, organizations, and cultural forms that shape, redress, or defend these systems of inequality. Students study relations between men and women, racial and ethnic groups, rich and poor, and workers and managers, and the social movements that grow from them. Students focus on social collectives such as legal and medical organizations, economic classes, families, social movements, and groups defined by racial, ethnic, and gender identities.

Skills Gained

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to think logically and critically about complex domestic and global issues
  • Creative approach to solving new and challenging problems
  • Detailed research and analysis skills (qualitative and quantitative); thorough investigative techniques
  • Ability to develop effective, concise, and sophisticated arguments
  • Appreciation for differences in values and ideas
  • Flexibility of thought and ability to connect academic and historical issues to broader themes and cultural contexts
  • Ability to quickly understand, synthesize, and analyze large amounts of information
  • In-depth understanding of how to engage with the world within the context of cultural and other diversities
  • Reasoning and persuasion skills, ability to explain ideas and principles to others without violating others’ rights

Industries

  • Government
  • Law
  • Healthcare & Public Health
  • Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • Market Research & Marketing
  • Non-profit
  • Social Service & Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
Spanish

Spanish majors participate in a program designed to immerse students in the complexity and diversity of literary and intellectual traditions in Latin American and Iberian cultures while achieving fluency in the target language. Students are encouraged to focus on particular interests, such as literary and cultural history, Latino studies, Lusophone studies, race and ethnicity, film, cultural history and others.  Being the 2nd most used language in the world, Spanish is a key asset. 

Skills Gained

  • Perceive the world from multiple points of view/ understanding of different cultures
  • Understand components of complex problems
  • Analyze texts and information
  • Learn to critically analyze cultures: people, language, and history
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Understand community and people

Industries

  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Non-profit
  • Government
  • Politics, Public Policy & Activism
  • Consulting
  • Communications/Media
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • International Affairs
Statistics

Statistics focuses on creating surveys and experiments to collect, analyze and process data. Statistics use mathematical methods and computer programs to tabulate results and draw conclusions about data. Statistics is utilized in various subject areas such as physical, life and social sciences, economics, engineering, public health, marketing, education and sports. Statistics majors are in demand in industries wherever quantitative research is conducted as statistics plays a role in quality control and product development.

Skills Gained

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to identify patterns/trends
  • Knowledge of experimental design and implementation
  • Computer and mathematical proficiency
  • Aptitude to identify problems quickly, think critically and create solutions
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Industries

  • Financial services/banking
  • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies
  • Consulting
  • Government agencies (e.g. Census Bureau, National Security)
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Sports