Academics | College of Arts & Sciences

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Academics

Knowledge to lead. Skills to impact.

UND's College of Arts & Sciences programs give you the critical thinking, communicative and problem solving skills you need to succeed in a career that might not exist yet. Be future ready with our online or on-campus programs.

Fine Arts

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Art & Design

Focus on 10+ areas - including everything from fibers and photography to mixed media and metalsmithing - in the region's largest and most complete art and design department.

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Music

Share your love for music at UND's immersive music program. Whether you want to become a music teacher, performer, or are just driven to earn a liberal arts education, there's a degree program for you.

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Theatre Arts

Open your world to creative opportunities. From lighting design to acting, you'll explore every area of theater production while preparing for a career on - or behind - the stage.

Humanities

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English

Literature helps us to understand a diverse range of human experiences and perspectives, enriching our lives. At the same time, with a degree in English, you will gain the communication and analytical skills you need to thrive in any career.

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History and American Indian Studies

Studying history provides crucial insights into who we are and our origins. With American Indian Studies, you'll explore perspectives and cultures, histories, and contemporary experiences.

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Languages & Global Studies

Whether you earn a degree in International Studies or learn about languages and cultures, you'll prepare yourself to engage in our multilingual and culturally diverse global community.

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Philosophy & Ethics

Explore the world's deep-held traditions and the fundamental human questions such as the meaning of life, the ability to live ethically, and the human quest for the sacred.

Math & Science

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Biology

Impact the future of medicine, agriculture, genetic engineering, forensic science, and ecology. Conduct research as you refine your critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and written and verbal skills.

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Chemistry

Study the building blocks of the universe as you prepare for a career in scientific discovery. Almost every cutting-edge technology relies on the understanding of chemical principles. 

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Mathematics

Study the abstract world of mathematics. Besides understanding phenomena in science and engineering, a math degree can be a career gateway to data science or machine learning.

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Physics & Astrophysics

Specialize in general physics, applied physics, astrophysics, computers in physics, or materials science. We have a strong commitment to research, giving you real-world experience that gets noticed.

Social Sciences

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Anthropology

Explore what it means to be human in the past, present and future.

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Communication

Whether you want a career in writing, advertising, public relations, you'll learn teamwork, excellent oral and written communication, and the analytical skills employers want.

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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Gain experience by working with clients in our speech-language and hearing clinic. Plus, prepare for graduate study, which you'll need to work as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

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Criminal Justice

Serve as an agent of change in our justice system. From enforcing the law to protecting your community, or advocating on behalf of victims, criminal justices opens the door to opportunities.

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Geography & GIS

Choose community and urban development, environmental geography, and geography education. Or, with Environmental Studies. You'll lean to communicate about environmental issues and policy.

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Psychology

Study the intricacies of the human mind, exploring why people behave the way they do and learning how to evaluate and address a variety of psychological issues.

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Sociology

Dig deep into various human constructs such as our legal and educational systems, the economy, environment, families, and even social networks.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies

Study environmental issues and prepare for a rewarding career solving environmental problems.

Forensic Science
Forensic Science

Participate in hands-on learning and real-world experience in a cross-discipline education with a solid science background. 

General Studies
General Studies

Personalize your education and take charge of your professional goals with a major that suits your wide-ranging interests.

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Health Studies

Tailor your bachelor's degree to prepare for the complexities of working as a health care professional.

International Studies
International Studies

Engage in an interdisciplinary education covering political perspectives, global awareness and a concentration in areas such as language & culture, human rights, gender studies, and more!

Pre-Health Programs
Pre-Health Programs

Choose a major of your choice and design a well-rounded education to prepare for successful application to health professional schools in areas like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary or chiropractic.

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Social Science

Combine your fields of interest and create your own unique program that will enable you to examine any issue from multiple diverse perspectives.

Women & Gender Studies
Women & Gender Studies

Explore the complex interaction of gender with other features of human difference such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, sexuality and nationality, designing your own unique program drawing on cross-listed courses in social sciences and humanities.

UND by the Numbers

 94%

 of faculty hold highest degrees

24

average class size

18:1

student to faculty ratio

Why liberal arts?

Discover Liberal Arts

Tomorrow’s workers need to be able to communicate, interpret, and analyze the world they find, often working with others in highly interdisciplinary environments.

Why liberal arts?