College of Arts & Science at Miami University
Majors and Minors
The College offers 56 majors and 60 minors. To demonstrate the scope and inter-related nature of these different fields of study, we have organized them into themed groups below. Many majors and minors fit more than one theme and can lead to multiple career opportunities.
[View the entire theme areas document (PDF).]
Biological and Life Sciences
Using Miami's state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities, you will investigate the science of living things. Students who choose these majors are usually interested in careers in medicine and health, environmental science and sustainability, biological research and analysis, and science education.
[Read more about the Biological and Life Sciences theme (PDF).]
Cultural and Global Studies
Miami's interdisciplinary programs will provide you with opportunities for cultural experiences and immersion within and beyond our borders as well as opportunities to gain the cultural understanding and analytic skills necessary to succeed in a modern, global environment.
[Read more about the Cultural and Global Studies theme (PDF).]
History, Philosophy, and Religion
These majors are within the humanities and involve the study of human ideas and reasoning that underlie different world views. Using original texts and critical readings, you will access, interpret, and evaluate diverse world views and explore what it means to be human.
[Read more about the History, Philosophy, and Religion theme (PDF).]
Law and Public Policy
Miami offers the courses you need to prepare for law or graduate school and for careers in such professions as governance at the local and national levels, diplomacy and global politics, public administration and public service, and working to bring about social and political change. You may choose from a wide range of majors and minors to meet your academic and life goals.
[Read more about the Law and Public Policy theme (PDF).]
Literature and Writing
Employers indicate that good writing is the most sought-after competence for college graduates. At Miami, you can study literature and writing in the departments of English, Classics and the world languages, and go on to enjoy a career in business, education, editing and publishing, law, government service, or nonprofits.
[Read more about the Literature and Writing theme (PDF).]
Mathematics and Physical Science
Miami offers majors in Mathematics and Statistics as well as in the physical science departments of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics. These majors will help you understand such complex problems as climate change or the development and distribution of energy resources. Our graduates are employed by state and federal agencies, environmental energy and natural resource industries, research and educational institutions, and environmental law firms.
[Read more about the Mathematics and Physical Science theme (PDF).]
Media Studies and Communication
At Miami, you will be encouraged to explore new ways to write, research, and interact through digital texts and media, and to work with evolving technologies that will put you at the forefront of multimedia development, digital game studies, online journalism, and digital communication.
[Read more about the Media Studies and Communication theme (PDF).]
Medicine and Health
Miami offers all of the courses you need to prepare for medical school or other healthcare-related professions. Over the last 4 years, 64% of Miami's undergraduate applicants were accepted to medical schools, compared to a national average of 46%. For those with a 3.4 GPA and an average MCAT score, the acceptance rate is 86%.
[Read more about the Medicine and Health theme (PDF).]
Psychology and Human Behavior
You will explore individual, group, cultural, and societal influences on human thinking and behavior, and use different approaches and methods to study such topics as child development, abnormal behavior, prejudice, intercultural conflict, inequality, and social institutions.
[Read more about the Psychology and Human Behavior theme (PDF).]
You can master one or more of the 14 languages offered by Miami, ranging from Arabic and Chinese to Italian and Russian, and gain cultural understanding through courses in film, history, literature, religion, politics, and the arts. You can also apply your language skills to practical, real-world situations by taking specialized courses in conversation, composition, healthcare, and business.
[Read more about the World Languages theme (PDF).]
Entering Miami as a University Studies student means having the opportunity and the time to take courses and explore majors across the College of Arts and Science and beyond. Whether you are still looking for your passion or hoping to combine your many interests, you can pursue a number of paths while still satisfying graduation requirements. Along the way, you will discover what is right for you.
[Read what you can do in the University Studies program (PDF).]