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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Programs and Certificates

The College of Arts and Sciences is the place for explorers. As the home of the liberal arts at Syracuse University, we offer a broad range of degree programs through three academic divisions – the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences (offered in collaboration with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs). It’s also here that you can customize your education with interdisciplinary, dual, and combined-degree programs, as well as through research projects, immersion trips to top businesses and cities, international study and service learning opportunities.

To start exploring your many exciting degree options, peruse the subjects below.

African American Studies

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The Department of African American Studies enables students to explore cultural, literary, historical, socioeconomic and other issues affecting African Americans as well as links with continental Africa and the Caribbean.

Anthropology

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Anthropology at Syracuse focuses on permutations of socio-cultural anthropology, historical archaeology and bio-archaeology.

Arabic

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Arabic is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the native tongue for approximately 250 million speakers.

Art and Music Histories

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Study the history of art, music and architecture from myriad historical and cultural perspectives while honing your problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and research skills. See more at the Department of Art and Music Histories page.

Asian/Asian American Studies

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This program was developed out of an awareness that we cannot understand Asian Americans without understanding the histories and cultures of Asia. We also cannot understand contemporary Asia without understanding how American politics, capital, religion, culture and Asian American diasporas have shaped countries in that continent.

Biology

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The biology program is wide-ranging and flexible, and it provides undergraduate and graduate students with many opportunities for research and field work. Learn more at the Department of Biology.

Biotechnology

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Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet.

Chemistry

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Undergraduates can choose one of our four undergraduate degrees, which include a B.A., the prestigious ACS certified B.S., or a B.S. focused on either medicinal chemistry or biochemistry. Graduate students can pursue M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Learn more at the Department of Chemistry.

Chinese

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More than one billion people speak Chinese throughout the world today.

Citizenship and Civic Engagement

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Students pair this nationally unique curriculum with any Syracuse major of policy relevance, using the companion major as another lens through which to view and contribute to the public good.

Classics and Classical Civilization

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The classics major encompasses history, drama, poetry, political science and philosophy. Learning about them will give you a better understanding of the cultural politics of the modern world.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders programs prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology and other related fields in health, education and science.

Digital Humanities

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The digital humanities integrated learning major combines the traditional strengths of the humanities with attention to digital and information technology.

Earth Sciences

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The Department of Earth Sciences is a leader in cross-campus interdisciplinary research and educational programs, including those in water science.

Economics

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Students of economics enjoy a rigorous curriculum rooted in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, with further study in international, labor, public and urban economics.

Energy and Its Impacts

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Many of the issues facing humanity today center on energy: its supply, use, and impact on our environment. Energy and its Impacts is a 25-credit Integrated Learning Major that provides students with the background required to understand the origin of today’s energy problems and the ability to seek 21st-century solutions to the problems.

English

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Look deeper into language and culture by examining literary forms or pursuing a concentration in creative writing or film and screen studies. Learn more at the Department of English.

Environment, Sustainability, and Policy

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As an Environment, Sustainability, and Policy major, you will come to understand the nature of our changing planet, contribute solutions to advance sustainability, and become a more engaged global citizen. 

Forensics and Forensic Science

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At the Forensic & National Security Sciences Institute, our studies span the fields of anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, psychology and sociology.

French

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You’ll start with a focus on language skills and move on to study the diverse writers, culture and cinema that influence France’s arts and politics.

Geography

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Geography is the study of the complex interactions between humans and the natural and social environments around them.

German

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Improve your German language skills and learn about the literature, cinema, art and history that comprise German culture.

Health Humanities

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The Health Humanities ILM includes a menu of courses designed to foster the skills and qualities that prepare you for successful further study in health-related fields.

History

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The history program’s award-winning faculty teach a wide range of classes about fascinating times and places and on topics society continually wrestles with, such as violence, political power and religion.

International Relations

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Engage in the multidisciplinary study of international affairs, drawing on a range of resources from the  social sciences, languages and study abroad.

Italian

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Master the language and explore the culture, aesthetics, and socio-cultural issues of Italy, past and present.

Japanese

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By studying Japanese, you'll gain basic competence in speaking, reading and writing.

Jewish Studies

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This interdisciplinary minor explores modern Jewish culture and religion.

Language Teaching

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The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language Teaching (TESOL/TLOTE) prepares individuals for careers teaching languages in a variety of contexts.

Latino-Latin American Studies

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Examine the culture, development, resources, history and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Latino/a peoples dispersed around the globe.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies

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As an interdisciplinary field, LGBT studies critically examine the significance of sexuality and gender identity to social organization, cultural production and historical change from a wide range of academic disciplines.

Linguistics

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Delve into the nature and use of language as you examine topics like anthropology, child and family studies, spoken languages, mathematics, psychology, speech pathology and more.

Mathematics and Statistics

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The mathematics major is designed to qualify graduates for a wide range of careers in business, industry, government and teaching. Learn more at the Department of Mathematics.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies explores the birth of our own familiar world while introducing students to an often alien and mysterious past.

Middle Eastern Studies

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Students of the program study the languages, history, culture, religions and politics of the Middle East.

Modern Foreign Languages

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The modern foreign language major allows you to combine two language minors (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) into one major.

Native American and Indigenous Studies

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The minor in Native American and Indigenous studies introduces you to an important area of study: the religious, historical, political and aesthetic dimensions of the lives of Indigenous peoples of the Americas from the earliest cultures (extending back 11,000 years or more) to the present.

Neuroscience

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The neuroscience integrated learning major complements multiple majors in several schools and colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and the School of Education.

Philosophy

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Your studies will focus on the historical and contemporary aspects of philosophy, including ethics, logic, metaphysics and the theory of knowledge. Learn more at the Department of Philosophy.

Physics

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Physics is a broad preparation for a variety of careers where science has an impact. Learn more at the Department of Physics.

Policy Studies (Public Affairs)

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Work through an intensive curriculum centered around public policy issues while developing skills in report writing, problem solving, information gathering, computer applications, quantitative analysis and working in teams.

Political Science

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The curriculum includes an intensive study of political institutions that exercise government authority, including legislatures, courts and administrative agencies.

Psychology

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Engage in the scientific study of behavior. Enrolled students enjoy a robust curriculum strengthened by research into individual and social problems. Learn more at the Department of Psychology.

Religion

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Explore religion in art, literature, philosophy and society from a global and historical perspective, and examine the role it plays in society today. Learn more at the Department of Religion.

Russian

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Pursue a liberal arts education with a focus on Russian and Central European art, culture, geography, history, language, literature and political science.

Science Teaching

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Graduate students in the science teaching program are taught how to help students learn the processes, skills, and body of scientific knowledge necessary to excel in our increasingly technological world. Learn more at the Department of Science Teaching.

Selected Studies

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The selected studies program offers the student an opportunity to develop a highly individualized curricular plan.

Sociology

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The sociology curriculum will deepen your understanding of a wide range of subjects and challenge you to think critically about the social world.

South Asian Studies

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South Asian studies is an interdisciplinary effort that focuses on the cultures, politics, history, arts and current events of South Asia (the nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).

Spanish

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Explore the literary and linguistic cultures of the Spanish, South American, Central American, Caribbean and Latino peoples.

Women's and Gender Studies

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Explore gender-related issues focusing on race, ethnicity, age, class, sexuality, ability and more. Learn more at the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

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Learn how to write in every form, from advanced argument to technical or creative nonfiction to public essay. Learn more at the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition.