Major Profiles

The quickest and easiest way to gather information on all of UConn's majors. Each profile includes best intro courses, career opportunities, related majors, TME Student Mentors, and more.  By viewing these profiles, you're able to get a glimpse into each major without needing to spend hours researching.

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accounting

Accounting majors learn how to gather, record, analyze, interpret, and communicate information about an individual’s or organization’s financial performance and risks.

acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Connecticut is an intensive, conservatory-style program designed to prepare students for direct entry into performance careers in all areas of the professional theatre, including television and film.

africana studies

Africana Studies focuses on the interactions among the social, economic, cultural, historical, linguistic, genetic, geopolitical, ecological, and biomedical factors that shape and have shaped African societies.

agricultural education

The program in Agricultural Science Education prepares students to teach Agricultural Science in grades Pre-K-12.

agriculture and natural resources

An interdisciplinary major designed for students who want broad training in agricultural, environmental, and/or health sciences, with content that does not readily align with any one department or major.

allied health sciences

This major offers students a general introduction to the health professions or direct training in specific fields of health care. Instruction covers the basic sciences, health research, and clinical procedures.

american studies

An interdisciplinary undergraduate major that seeks to convey a broad understanding of American culture and society in all their complexity.

animal science

Animal science majors learn about the nutrition, breeding, behavior, and management of food animals. Topics covered include dairy science, poultry science, and livestock production.

anthropology

Anthropology is devoted to the study of human beings and human societies as they exist across time and space.

applied mathematical sciences

Provide students with a broad understanding of mathematics encompassing logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof.

applied and resource economics

ARE students learn economic theory and how to analyze productivity, investment, and trends in national and international agricultural markets.

art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Studio Art is designed to provide an enriched educational environment that develops and nurtures the full range of capabilities necessary for a career in the visual arts.

art history

The Department of Art and Art History offers a range of undergraduate courses in Art History with provide a strong interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary and historical roles that the visual arts play in a range of artistic, cultural and social contexts.

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biological sciences

Biology is the study of life, individual organisms, their communities, and the systems, cells, and processes that make up living matter.

biology education

Students prepare to teach biology for grades 7-12.

biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering majors learn how to use engineering to solve health and medical problems.

business administration

The objective of the BA major is to provide a generalized interdisciplinary business degree with special emphases on Finance, Management, Marketing and Business Communications.

business data analytics

The objective of the BDA major is to provide a business degree with a special emphasis in the application of information technology to data analytics.

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chemical engineering

Chemical engineering majors learn how to put chemicals to work. Classes cover such topics as improving the way factories use chemicals to make products and solving problems such as rust and pollution.

chemistry

As a chemistry major, you’ll explore many different topics, from the chemical basis for life to the environmental problems caused by chemicals.

chemistry education

Students prepare to teach Chemistry for grades 7-12.

chinese

As a Chinese major, you will learn about both ancient and modern Chinese culture while immersing yourself in its language.

civil engineering

Civil engineering majors learn how to use math and science to design big construction projects. Topics covered include the calculation of how much weight a structure will hold and the environmental issues that surround construction.

cams

The major in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies allows students to pursue an interest in the Greek, Latin, and Ancient Hebrew/Biblical world.

cognitive science

Cognitive Science is the study of how intelligent beings (including people, animals, and machines) perceive, act, know, and think.

communication

The Communication major is designed to educate students about human communication behavior from a scientific standpoint. It concentrates on the empirical investigation of human communication, stressing developments in communication theory and research.

computer engineering

Through the study of mathematics, physics, and computer science, computer engineering majors learn to analyze, design, and develop computer hardware and software.

computer science

Computer Science is the formal study of what can be computed and what resources are required for computation, as well as the application of hardware, software, and human resources to solve computational problems.

computer science and engineering

This program produces graduates with a broad perspective in both software and hardware topics pertinent to computing systems. It provides the foundation and specialized knowledge necessary to analyze, design, and evaluate system software, utility programs, and software-hardware architectures.

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design and technical theatre

Students of Design and Technical Theatre learn how to make sets, costumes, lights, and sound all work together in a theatrical production.

diagnostic genetic sciences

The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and offers two concentrations: Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics. Cytogenetic technologists study blood, bone marrow, solid tissues, and amniotic fluid for chromosomal abnormalities that are associated with genetic malformations and diseases like cancer. Molecular technologists evaluate and investigate DNA and RNA with regards to disease, identity, cancer and forensics.

dietetics

Dietetics majors study human nutrition and other sciences in preparation for designing and managing nutrition programs in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other settings. Topics of study include diet design, food preparation, client education, and the links between diet and health.

digital marketing and analytics

 The Digital Marketing & Analytics (DM&A) major equips students with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement digital marketing strategies.

digital media and design

Digital Media and Design allows its students to work in state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of faculty who are all experienced professionals and practitioners with leading-edge hardware and software systems.

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earth science education

Students prepare to teach Earth Science for grades 7-12.

ecology and evolutionary biology

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) major provides a comprehensive foundation in the biological sciences, places an emphasis on undergraduate research experience, and provides an integrated perspective on the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems.

economics

Economics majors learn to decode the systems behind what can often appear impossible to understand. They study economic models and theories to analyze how the seemingly simple acts of buying and selling can be complicated by factors such as taxes, interest rates, inflation, labor disagreements, and even the weather.

electrical engineering

Electrical engineering is the study of the laws of electrical energy and the principles of engineering in order to apply them to the generation, transmission, and use of electricity.

elementary education

Students in Elementary Education are prepared to teach in grades 1-6.

engineering physics

“Engineering physics” refers to the use of physics to solve technical problems in manufacturing or similar mechanical systems.

english

The English major offers a diverse and intellectually rigorous English curriculum that fosters vital skills in reading, writing, research, and analysis.

english education

The secondary English program prepares students to teach English in grades 7-12, and to use and respond to language in all its forms: writing, literature and oral communication.

environmental engineering

Students in environmental engineering learn to design, develop, and evaluate structures, equipment, and systems that protect the environment from the effects of human activity and that improve public health and well-being.

environmental science

Environmental Sciences at UConn studies the living and nonliving parts of Earth, and evaluates human impacts to promote informed environmental decisions.

environmental studies

The Environmental Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to understand the interactions between human society and the environment.

exercise science

Exercise science majors study the science of the human movement. They also learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

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finance

Finance majors learn how to make financial decisions for organizations. Course work covers such topics as planning, raising funds, making wise investments, and controlling costs.

financial management

This major is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in corporate money management and investment.

french

The overall objective is to make studying French at UConn part of a total experience that ranges from content-based and interactive language-acquisition to performing in a contemporary play.

french education

World language program students are prepared to teach French in grades 7-12.

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general science education

Students prepare to teach general science for grades 7-12.

geography

Geography majors study how space on the earth’s surface is placed and used.

geoscience

Geoscience students look at the earth and the forces acting upon it, including the solids, liquids, and gasses that make it up.

german

UConn German majors learn how to speak, write, and read German. Professors in the department teach toward intercultural and linguistic competencies, with a focus on language AND culture.

german language education

World language program students are prepared to teach German in grades 7-12.

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health care management

Through the health care management major, you will learn about the infrastructure, finances and operations of health care systems and what it takes to keep them running smoothly. 

history

History majors explore the past with a variety of techniques, such as statistical analysis, oral history, and the insights of sociology, archaeology, anthropology, and other social science disciplines.

history and social studies education

The history and social studies program offers preparation leading to certification in grades 7-12.

human development and family studies

HDFS majors explore the ways in which people develop -- physically, emotionally, and intellectually -- within the framework of family and society.

human rights

Human Rights majors receive instruction in theoretical, comparative, and historical perspectives on human rights through classroom courses and gain valuable practical experience in the human rights field through a supervised internship.

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individualized major

An individualized major is a self-designed, interdisciplinary major that allows you to create a program of study to fit your own specific interests.

italian literary and cultural studies

This major focuses on Italian literary studies but also allows students to take advanced coursework in Italian language, communication, and cultural studies.

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journalism

As a journalism major, you’ll not only master the art of reporting and writing, but you'll also learn about libel and other legal issues that affect the media.

judaic studies

The Judaic Studies major provides students with a broad, general background in Jewish civilization and familiarize the student with key texts that inform Jewish culture, religion, and history.

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landscape architecture

Students of landscape architecture learn how to design and create landscapes using plants, trees, structures, and other natural and human-made elements.

latino and latin american studies

The interdisciplinary major in Latino and Latin American Studies offers an understanding of hemispheric relationships between people and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, and those of the United States.

linguistics

Linguistics majors study how languages like Spanish, French, Korean, Hopi -- and even computer programming languages -- function and how people learn to speak and write in those languages.

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management

Management requires an ability to think and act on one’s own with a confidence that only comes from an ability to see and appreciate what most highly focused specialists cannot.

management and engineering for manufacturing

Manufacturing engineers manage the entire production process. In addition, they come up with a time- and cost-effective way of making a product without sacrificing quality.

management information systems

MIS majors study information systems and their use in business and other organizations. They learn about computer databases, networks, computer security, and more.

marine sciences

Students of marine sciences study all aspects of the ocean, making use of both the biological and the physical sciences.

marine studies

Maritime Studies explores the long and sometimes troubled relationships between people, water, and other forms of marine life.

marketing

Marketing majors learn how to discover the special something that people want and how to convince them that their product has it.

materials science and engineering

A materials engineer uses analysis of materials in order to try and improve designs of products; for example, one might work to make a golf club lighter but stronger.

mathematics

Math majors study quantities, forms, and symbolic logic in such subjects as algebra, geometry, calculus, logic, topology, and number theory.

mathematics education

The secondary mathematics program prepares graduates for certification in mathematics for grades 7-12.

actuarial science

Actuarial science majors learn how to analyze risk using math and statistics. They also learn how to use their findings to solve management problems in insurance and other businesses.

actuarial science

This track combines actuarial skills with finance courses that emphasize security valuation, forecasting, and financial and risk management.

math/physics

In this track, which is available only for a BS degree, a student can choose a physics emphasis (Track A, with an advisor in the physics department) or a math emphasis (Track B, with an advisor in the math department).

math/statistics

One of the more flexible math majors, as it allows students to explore the Math and Statistics courses they're most interested in.

mechanical engineering

As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll learn the science behind machines and the energy that makes them work. You’ll also apply what you learn by creating your own machines.

medical laboratory sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences (also known as Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences) is the branch of laboratory medicine that deals with the study of blood and other body specimens to aid in the diagnosis of human disease, determine optimal therapy, and monitor the progress of treatment.

molecular and cell biology

MCB majors explore cells, their characteristics, parts, and chemical processes. You’ll pay special attention to how molecules control a cell’s activities and growth.

music

The Department of Music offers a variety of undergraduate degrees. Whether you are preparing for a career as a performer or educator or you simply want to learn more about music, the Department of Music has a degree for you.

music education

The Music Education Program prepares students to teach music from pre-K-12 and direct bands, orchestras, and choruses.

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natural resources

Natural resources majors learn how to save natural areas and the plants and animals that live in them. They study how to use natural resources, such as trees, in ways that won’t harm the environment.

nursing

You’ll learn about everything from examining patients and treating their immediate needs to keeping up the health of people with long-term conditions. Nursing majors train to care for sick and disabled patients and to promote better health.

nutritional sciences

Nutritional Sciences (NUSC) majors integrate knowledge of the use of foods and nutrients by cells, individuals, and communities to promote optimal health and treatment of disease.

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pathobiology

Students majoring in Pathobiology focus on animal health and diseases and their relationship to people and the environment.

pharmacy

The field of pharmacy offers more opportunities in all fields of health care and medical research in both staff and management positions. Regardless of experience or practice setting, pharmacists share a collective purpose of making sure that each of their patients uses medications as effectively and safely as possible.

philosophy

Philosophy majors examine basic questions about such topics as the nature of existence and knowledge.

physics

Physics majors seek to understand the laws that govern the universe. From gigantic stars trillions of miles away to the subatomic particles within our own bodies, physics takes on matter and energy in all its forms

physics education

Students prepare to teach physics for grades 7-12.

physiology and neurobiology

This major deals with the living organism on the tissue, organ and organ system level. It is particularly interested in how the nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems regulate all other systems to maintain homeostasis in the body.

political science

Political Science serves students whose primary interest is in some phase of public affairs (law, politics, government service) or international relations (foreign service), in gaining a better understanding of the entire field of governmental organization and functions.

psychological sciences

Psychology majors study the way humans and animals act, feel, think, and learn.

puppet arts

Based in tradition, the study may include shadow theatre, mask theatre, hand puppetry, rod puppetry, and marionettes, in reference to historical precedents and contemporary usage. There is a constant creative interest in future applications of puppetry as well.

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real estate/urban economics

The objective of the baccalaureate program with a major in real estate and urban economic studies is to provide both a theoretical foundation and a practical understanding of the field as preparation for a career as a real estate professional.

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sociology

Sociology majors learn how to study people and the roles they play in society, both as individuals and in groups.

spanish

Spanish majors learn how to speak, write, and read Spanish. They study literature written in Spanish, including the literature of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States.

spanish language education

World language program students are prepared to teach Spanish in grades 7-12.

special education

The Comprehensive Special Education Program prepares prospective teachers of students with disabilities in grades K-12.

speech, language, and hearing sciences

Majors in SLHS study communication problems and learn how to help people improve their ability to communicate.

sport management

Sports Management majors learn how to use legal and business principles to run athletic programs, sports teams, fitness facilities, and health clubs.

statistics

Statistics students study probability theory and sampling theory. They also learn to use techniques based on these theories to study the relationships between groups of measurements.

structural biology and biophysics

An area of study that employs principles and techniques of Chemistry and Physics to investigate the three-dimensional structure and function of biological macromolecules in a living organism.

sustainable plant and soil systems

The Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems major focuses on the science and practices associated with sustainable plant production and/or use within managed systems.

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theatre studies

Theatre Studies offers knowledge and understanding of the theatre as a performance art and business. This area of study prepares an individual to continue in the theatre world in the business, academic, or writing arenas.

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urban and community studies

URBN majors use the tools of sociology, economics, and other social sciences to study city life, government, and services.

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women's, gender, and sexuality studies

The Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program is a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to pursuit of knowledge concerning women and the critical analysis of the production of gender and sexuality within transnational and cross-cultural contexts.

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