Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind, from its beginnings, millions of years ago, to the present day. The study of anthropology can be divided into four main subcategories: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
Communications is the study of how and why individuals relate with each other. By studying the creation, transmission, and evaluation of messages, we can begin to understand why different cultures and people act the way they do, which in turn allows for better relationships and bonds to be created. Included in communications are mass media, journalism, broadcasting, and others.
Economics is the study of how people and institutions behave and function when producing, exchanging, and using goods and services. A key assumption is that individuals are rational and pursue self-interest, which means that people make their own choices and do what is good for them. Economics can be subdivided into: microeconomics–the behavior of individual markets and of decision-makers (consumers and firms) within these markets; and macroeconomics–the behavior and functioning of the whole economy. Some other areas of study related to Economics are International Trade, Development Economics, Money and Banking systems, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Industrial Organization, among others.
Education majors study the theory and practice of learning and teaching, the basic principles of educational psychology, the planning and administration of educational activities, and the social foundations of education. Most graduates of Education programs will continue on as professionals, i.e., teachers, scholars, and decision-makers, in the educational community
Environmental Studies is the study of relationships between humans and the natural environment. Areas of study can include almost every traditional academic field from the physical sciences, to business, the social sciences and humanities. Some major issues and challenges include environmental degradation, environmental protection, and sustainable development. Students more interested in the biological and physical aspects of the environment, such as conservation and/or improvement of natural resources may also want to consider the closely-related Environmental Science major.
Film / Theater
Film/Cinema Studies focuses on the history, development, theory and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of filmmaking and film production. Similarly, Theater majors will study the literature, history, and development of theatrical productions, and theater methods and organization. Note: students interested in more hand-on studies and the actual creation of movies and/or acting, production, directing, editing, etc., may want to consider majors in Film Production, Drama, Acting, etc.
Fine arts involves the creation and studying of visual images. Through creative work in studio areas, technical investigation, art history, and research, you will come to understand the meaning, purpose, historical and cultural development of art objects and appreciate the relationship of these objects to other humanistic disciplines such as literature and philosophy. Areas of study include the traditional fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, photography); theory of art; and color theory, etc.
Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. It places language in its social and cultural contexts, and examines it as a system of communication. Because of the vital role that language plays in human communication, an understanding of Linguistics is relevant for students who intend making careers in fields such as speech therapy, language teaching and translation, or who plan to work in cross-cultural communication contexts.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It encompasses a diversity of specializations including clinical psychology, child development, gerontology, learning, social, motivation, physiological and industrial/organizational psychology
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Some issues that may be studied and researched include street crime and delinquency, poverty and homelessness, welfare, educational reform, problems of peace and war, etc.
Tourism / Travel
Tourism, Travel, Hotel Management, and Hospitality programs all vary somewhat, but they aim to prepare students for professional and leadership roles in the increasingly international and competitive hospitality and tourism industry. If you are interested in pursuing a career opportunities in airlines, hotels, resorts, conventions and visitor centers, tour operations, theme parks, or even government, this may be the major for you.