Majors and Minors Available to A&S Students

Below is a list of all the majors offered within the College of Arts & Sciences.  Minors are indicated when available.  For a complete list of available certificates please visit the CU-Boulder Admissions website.  Current students in the College of Arts & Sciences can declare a major or minor by clicking the "Make an Advising Appointment" link to the left then selecting "Major/Minor Declaration Info" at the top of the appointment system.  Students in another CU-Boulder college or school will need to follow the steps provided for intra-university transfer listed in the menu items to the left.

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Anthropology (ANTH)
Anthropology studies people in their cultural context from prehistoric times to the present. It integrates social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities to synthesize knowledge of human experience and behavior.
No Minor Offered
Art History (AAAH)
The art history track analyzes works of art from many historical periods and cultures.
No Minor Offered
Art—Studio (AASA)
The studio arts track allows students to create their own works in media such as painting, photography, sculpture, and computer imaging.
No Minor Offered
Asian Studies (ASIA)
This major provides an opportunity for students to discover Asia through a wide variety of courses that reflect the incredible diversity of the region.
No Minor Offered
Astronomy/Astrophysics (ASTR)
This department trains students in space sciences (astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, or space physics) through either an astronomy or astrophysics/physics track.
Minor Offered
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)
Minor Offered
No major offered
Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM)
These fields study the basic principles of chemistry as they relate to a variety of topics, from preparing synthetic DNA to measuring atmospheric pollution. Courses in calculus and physics are required.
Minor Offered
Chinese (CHIN)
A major in Chinese studies the modern language, its classical language and literature, and cultural history of China.
Minor Offered
Classics (CLAS)
Classics examines the origins and influence of Western Civilization through art and archaeology, the history of words, and classical mythology.
Minor Offered
Communication (COMM)
The study of communication focuses on human interaction to study the relationships among people and groups and investigates the impact of technology and change on how people and groups interact.
No Minor Offered
Computer Science (CSCI)
The BA in CS degree is anticipated to accept its first class of students in Fall 2013. Students interested in the major should sign up to receive e-mail announcements and updates at the website below.
Minor Offered
Dance (DNCE)
The dance major examines dance in culture, musical and technical features of performance, and body awareness. It develops artistic discipline, self-expression, and creativity in dance.
Minor Offered
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO)
One of three biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, EBIO studies aspects of biology including conservation biology, genetics, animal behavior, and classification of plant and animal species.
Minor Offered
Economics (ECON)
The economics major studies how individuals and societies allocate scarce resources to meet their needs and attain their goals. Microeconomics examines how consumer choices affect supply and demand and determine prices. Macroeconomics studies issues such as inflation, recession and unemployment. Students use calculus and statistics to interpret economic theory and analyze data. Economics students should have a strong aptitude for mathematics and abstract reasoning.
Minor Offered
English (ENGL)
The English major examines literature and literary theories as well as writing. There are two programs in this major: literature or creative writing. Minor offered in Creative Writing only.
Minor Offered
Environmental Studies (ENVS)
This interdisciplinary major studies the basics of physical and environmental sciences and emphasizes an awareness of the causes, scale, and remediation of environmental problems in the United States and the world.
No Minor Offered
Ethnic Studies (ETHN)
Ethnic Studies examines categories of race/class/gender while advancing an understanding of how social forces have shaped America’s diverse communities. The department encourages students to reflect critically on historical, political and cultural forms (such as popular culture, film and literature) and critique on how culture and society interweave and transform individuals, groups and communities.
Minor Offered
Film Studies (FILM)
The film studies major examines film as an art form and a contemporary medium as well as methodological variations in film criticism and film theory. Explore film’s practical and creative potential through hands-on film development.
No Minor Offered
French (FREN)
The French major studies literary works, thought, and culture as well as mastery of French language skills.
Minor Offered
Geography (GEOG)
Geography integrates the study of human activity and the natural environment. The field’s unique spatial perspective on natural environment and human activity ties in to other fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Minor Offered
Geological Sciences (GEOL)
The Department of Geological Sciences studies the Earth in terms of its origin, evolution, structure, composition, dynamic processes, and resources.
Minor Offered
German Studies (GRMN)
This major studies literary works, historical events, and current cultural context as well as mastery of German language skills.
Minor Offered
History (HIST)
The history major emphasizes knowledge and awareness of the political, social, cultural, and economic history of the United States, Europe, and one or more geographic areas outside Europe and the US. Students are expected to acquire the ability to research and conduct an investigation, distinguish between primary and secondary sources, analyze arguments, recognize interpretative conflicts, interpret evidence found in primary sources, develop an historical argument based on by the evidence available, and produce historical essays that are coherent, cogent, and grammatically correct.
Minor Offered
Humanities (HUMN)
The major examines complex works of art through analysis of style, structure, and cultural context. It studies multiple cultures through interdisciplinary examination of literature and the arts with other subjects such as psychology and sociology.
No Minor Offered
Integrative Physiology (IPHY)
One of three biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, IPHY studies how humans and animals function at the level of genes, cells, organs, and systems. Background courses in the natural sciences lead to the study of the interaction of physiological systems.
No Minor Offered
International Affairs (IAFS)
This interdisciplinary major examines the cultural, political, and economic interactions of the world’s nations through courses in political science, economics, history, anthropology, geography, and business.
No Minor Offered
Italian (ITAL)
The Italian major provides the language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) of modern Italian for all purposes of daily life. Other courses of Italian interest include film studies, fine arts, and history. These promote an understanding of the role of Italian literary and cultural tradition within western civilization.
Minor Offered
Japanese (JPNS)
A major in Japanese studies the modern language, its classical language and literature, and cultural history of Japan.
Minor Offered
Jewish Studies (JWST)
The Program in Jewish Studies explores Jewish culture, history, society, and thought from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective.
Minor Offered
Advisors:
Christine Luft
Linguistics (LING)
Linguistics studies all aspects of human language, including its physiological components, phonetical structure, and its use in human interaction.
Minor Offered
Mathematics (MATH)
This major studies mathematical processes and models, quantitative methods, statistics, and computer calculations through one of three tracks: comprehensive (which is more theoretical), applicable (applied mathematics) and secondary education (for those intending to teach).
Minor Offered
Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology (MCDB)
One of three biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, MCDB examines molecular and cellular mechanisms that are the basis of biological structure, growth, evolution, embryonic development, and genetic inheritance.
No Minor Offered
Neuroscience (NRSC)
Neuroscience emphasizes knowledge and awareness of the various systems within the brain that control specific components of behavior, learning/memory, sensation, and thought.
No Minor Offered
Open Option (XXAS)
Not a degree granting major or minor
No Minor Offered
No major offered
Philosophy (PHIL)
Philosophy examines concepts such as truth, moral obligation, knowledge, and causation; and attempts to solve theoretical problems.
Minor Offered
Physics (PHYS)
This major studies physical concepts that are basic to the laws of nature and uses these concepts to answer questions and solve real problems.
Minor Offered
Political Science (PSCI)
This major studies American government and politics, comparative politics, public policy, law, political philosophy, empirical theory, and international relations.
Minor Offered
Psychology (PSYC)
Psychology studies behavior from both a biological and social perspective, and how individuals relate to society. This major includes a research emphasis for understanding or predicting behavioral outcomes.
No Minor Offered
Religious Studies (RLST)
This major examines human culture through types of religious experience and expression, a study of the major religions of the world, and the relationship between religion and other areas of human thought.
Minor Offered
Russian Studies (RUSS)
This major focuses on literary works, historical events, and current cultural context, as well as mastery of Russian language skills.
Minor Offered
Sociology (SOCY)
Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. It considers how society influences individuals and how individuals influence society. It describes and explains the actions of persons, groups, organizations, classes, institutions, and entire societies.
No Minor Offered
Spanish and Portuguese (SPAN)
Learn to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently; study literature, culture, and history of Spanish-speaking areas. Choose between: Spanish language and literature, Spanish and Portuguese language and culture, or international Spanish for the professions (SPPR). Minor offered in Portuguese only.
No Minor Offered
Speech, Language, and Hearing Science (SLHS)
SLHS studies evaluation, treatment, and research into human communication and its disorders, and is directed toward students considering careers as speech pathologists, audiologists and special educators.
No Minor Offered
Theatre (THTR)
The theatre major examines the history of theatre as well as performing, directing, and technical aspects of a production. It develops artistic discipline, self-expression, and creativity in theatre.
Minor Offered
Women and Gender Studies (WMST)
The interdisciplinary Women and Gender Studies undergraduate major offers students a rigorous but flexible program of study that examines women and gender in relation to race, class, nation, sexuality, colonialism, multiculturalism, and globalization. Students explore the ways that gender works in diverse communities and in different cultural and historical contexts.
Minor Offered