Majors, Minors & Degrees

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We can also schedule meetings with our faculty members by request. Please see below for a list of specific programs in our college and links with more detailed information. All visit reservations must be made at least one week in advance. We want to know who you are and what you are passionate about! Come visit the College of SBS and understand why the People College is such a dynamic community.

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Majors and Minors

American Indian Studies (B.A., minor)

This major provides students with a holistic, integrated, and analytical study of critical issues Native North Americans have faced since contact with Europeans, are facing in the present, and are preparing to face in the future. The major seeks to provide students with a broad understanding of the cultures, histories, creativities, philosophies, and societies of the Indigenous Peoples of North America and their political and economic relationship to external governments and societies in a changing and increasingly globalized world.

Focus: languages, cultures, and sovereignty of American Indians/Alaska Natives
Potential jobs: tribal governance, advocacy, and organizing; business and commerce

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Anthropology (B.A., B.S., minor)

What does it mean to be human? How did we get to be the way we are? What will become of humans in the future? Anthropology majors ask questions about all components of the human experience, and seek to describe and interpret human behavior and culture, language, biology, and the environment at many levels of organization — from molecules to ecosystems.

Focus: human origins, development, behavior, and how humans interact with one another and their environment
Potential jobs: museums and education; natural and cultural resource management; international and community development; healthcare; and business

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Arabic (B.A., minor)

The Arabic B.A. will graduate students with communication proficiency in the Arabic language, informed knowledge of Arab cultures, literature, and society, and skills that are critical to the pursuit of professional success or graduate education.

Focus: history, cultures, language, politics, literature
Potential jobs: academia; government; international business; law; translation and interpretation; development; tourism industry

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Care, Health, and Society (B.S., minor)

This major examines the nature of care and suffering in society, how different disciplines can collaborate to provide the best possible care, and the ethical challenges that are common to all helping professions.  Care, Health, and Society prepares students for careers in all types of the helping professions by providing them with the basic analytical, organizational, and advocacy skills needed to thrive in work settings where clients’ various health needs are addressed.  

Focus: social dimensions of health and healthcare, including persistent population health issues and barriers to healthcare delivery
Potential jobs: community health professions; social and health service management; hospital and nursing home administration

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Communication (B.A., minor)

Through communication, humans structure their environment and determine the nature of their relationships with others. Communication majors focus on the scientific study of communication, its processes, and effects. Faculty research and teach interpersonal, mass, political and health communication.

Focus: ways human beings create, exchange, and are affected by interpersonal, mass, health, and social influence messages
Potential jobs: public relations specialist; speech writer; communications director; event planner; advertising sales agent

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Creative Writing (B.A., minor)

The English Department’s Creative Writing Program is nationally ranked among the best in the nation for learning the craft and the literary groundings of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.  Students select an area of concentration within one of these three options.  In the process, they take four writing workshops taught by accomplished professional writers, in which they draft, analyze, and revise manuscripts in a small class setting.   In addition, they study the fundamentals and most established conventions of the writing craft, as well as the history of literary forms, the analysis of texts, and the modern and contemporary literature with which their writing will be in dialogue.

Focus: genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction while developing skills for creative expression across written mediums
Potential jobs: author; editor; journalist; speech writer; screenwriter; grant writer

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Criminal Justice Studies (B.S.)

This major introduces students to the fundamental foundations of criminal justice spanning from crime initiation to systems of punishment. Students will have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at mental health law, juvenile justice systems, police, court and corrections management and operations as well as a host of other options. In addition, students will be exposed to traditional public administration courses that impart core skill sets such as leadership, ethics, public and nonprofit management, and formation of public policy. 

Focus: the foundations of criminal justice ranging from crime initiation to systems of punishment
Potential jobs: law enforcement at the local, state and federal level; an administrator in the court or corrections systems; national security officer; policy analyst

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Economics (B.A., minor)

To study economics is to investigate how to resolve scarcity so as to best satisfy our wants and needs and how to allocate scarce resources — money, natural resources, energy — among their many competing uses. Economics majors study economic theory, economics systems such as capitalism, and mathematical methods. 

Focus: how to allocate resources such as money, natural resources, time, and energy among competing and collaborative entities
Potential Jobs: financial services broker; economist; personal financial advisor; budget analyst; cost estimator; loan counselor

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English (B.A., minor)

Majoring in English leads to knowledge of the foundational texts of British and American literature, an understanding of the historical and cultural range of literature written in English all over the world, a deepened understanding of the English language as well as its rhetorical possibilities, and well-developed skills in close reading, critical analysis, and expository writing.  This major combines solid core grounding in textual analysis, analytical composition, and English and American literary history with many elective options through which students can pursue their own interests in different types of literature or rhetoric and in cultural studies. 

Focus: foundational texts of British, American, and global literatures through textual analysis, analytical composition, and literary history.
Potential jobs: editor; interpreter; publisher; marketing writer; technical writer; librarian; reporter

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Environmental Studies (B.A., minor)

The B.A. in Environmental Studies is designed to provide an opportunity for UA undergraduates with an interest in the environment from a social science and policy perspective to obtain a degree that provides exciting career opportunities, takes advantage of world-class UA expertise in the environmental social sciences, and prepares them to live and work as environmentally informed professionals and citizens. The major focuses on human-environment interactions and environmental policy with coursework that combines topical, methods, theoretical and field-based instruction and encourages the understanding of environmental issues from the regional (Southwest US) to global scales. 

Focus: human-environment interactions and environmental issues from policy and social science perspectives
Potential Jobs: science policy analyst; sustainability specialist; environmental protection specialist; environmental economist; park ranger; environmental lobbyist

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Gender and Women’s Studies (B.A., minor)

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on history, anthropology, literature, politics, sociology, and economics from the perspectives of gender. Gender and Women’s Studies majors explore topics such as gender and politics, the psychology of gender, gender and language, gender and sexuality, and the experiences of minority groups.

Focus: gender shapes society, culture, history, economy, and political movements in the United States and around the world.
Potential jobs: lawyer; health care worker; community organizer; higher education administrator; researcher

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Geography (B.S., B.A., minor)

Geography is the study of how space on the earth’s surface is placed and used. Geography majors who focus on physical geography study the land itself, topics like climate, soil, and water; those in cultural or human geography explore the relationship between people and the land. 

Focus: how space on the earth’s surface is placed and used, with topics ranging from climate and water to the relationship between people and the land.
Potential jobs: international policy analyst; environmental health and safety officer; GIS analyst; land development project manager

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History (B.A., minor)

History is the study of human experience in all times and places. Historians believe only by examining the past can we understand the present and prepare for the future.  History majors learn how to discover, record, and preserve the history of the world. 

Focus: every dimension of the human experience in all its diversity, from the intimacies of family life to the dynamics of the workplace, from the building of communities to the formation of nations, from histories of global climate change to transcontinental pandemics, from acts of faith to scientific discovery
Potential jobs: historian; teacher; archivist; museum curator; lawyer; foreign service officer; policy analyst; writer; business consultant

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Information Science and Arts (B.A., minor)

Focus: on multidisciplinary topics in information organization, management, and use amid massive digital shifts in contemporary society
Potential jobs: database administrator; public information officer; web developer; human resources specialist; information system manager

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Information Science and e-Society (B.A., minor)

Focus: prepare for life and work in the 21st century by studying issues related to privacy, ethics, information manipulation and the impact of social media on daily life.
Potential jobs: social media specialist; marketing research analyst; internet applications programmer; web administrator; software developer

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Information Science and Technology (B.S., minor)

Focus: complex information systems and computational methods that can help to transform information into knowledge.
Potential jobs: computer systems analyst; data miner; information architect; information security specialist; webmaster

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Journalism (B.A., minor) 

Journalism is the theory and practice of reporting news, descriptive material, and opinion through a variety of media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet. Journalism majors learn to report, write, and edit articles for publication or broadcast. 

Focus: the practice of reporting, writing, editing, and disseminating news and information through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the Internet, mobile apps, and other media.
Potential jobs: journalist; broadcast news analyst; magazine editor; communications director; foreign correspondent

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Judaic Studies  (B.A., minor)

Judaic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the language, history, religion, culture, and literature of Judaism and the Jews. Judaic Studies majors focus on the Bible, Hebrew language and literature, and classical, medieval and modern Judaism.  

Focus: the history, language, ethnicity, and religion of the Jewish people, one of the world's oldest and most resilient groups--the creator and inheritor of one of the world's great civilizations.
Potential jobs: nonprofit management, communal service, education, journalism, law, rabbinics, social work, international business

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Latin American Studies (B.A., minor)

Latin American Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the language, culture, history, and politics of Latin America. Latin American Studies majors learn Spanish and/or Portuguese and choose an area of concentration (Borders of the Americas and Immigration; Environment and Development; History and Culture, Power, and Inequality) for further study.  

Focus: languages, cultures, history, and politics of Latin America
Potential jobs: translator; interpreter; foreign service officer; historic preservationist; nonprofit program director; international business

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Law (B.A.)

Jointly offered by the James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy, the Law major provides foundational instruction in key substantive areas of the law, such as property, contracts, torts, constitutional law, administrative law, and criminal and civil procedure. Law majors may incorporate interdisciplinary interests and specialize in such areas as environmental, immigration, health, family, or international law.

Focus: core legal subjects taught by College of Law and SGPP faculty and can choose electives such as criminal law, immigration law, and international law. High-performing law majors can apply to the UA College of Law and, if accepted, begin law school as seniors
Potential jobs: immigration officer; healthcare administrator; human rights advocate; human resources professional; federal agent

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Linguistics (B.A., minor)

Linguistics is the study of human language, encompassing particular languages and the properties common to all languages. Linguistics majors study the structure of language (including syntax, phonetics, and grammar), the relationships between languages, and the way languages change over time. 

Focus: engage in the scientific study of language as an entity in itself (the structure of language and the differences and similarities among languages) and its relationships to cognition, culture, society, artificial intelligence, literature, thought, neurology, technology, revitalization, and much more
Potential Jobs: professor, language teacher, computational linguist, editor, language revitalization consultant, research scientist, language engineer, brand name specialist

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Mexican American Studies (B.A., minor)

Mexican American Studies is the interdisciplinary examination of the Mexican American experience through perspectives in the social sciences, humanities, education, and the fine arts. Mexican American Studies majors learn about the historical and current issues facing the Mexican American community and select one of two strands (Social History and Cultural Studies or Social Justice and Applied Public Policy) for further study. 

Focus: the Mexican American experience as informed by the social sciences, the health sciences, history, legal studies, and the humanities
Potential jobs: educator, health professional, entrepreneur, civic leader, civil service professional, non-profit program manager, public administration, international relations specialist

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Middle Eastern and North African Studies (B.A., minor)

This major examines the history, cultures, languages, and geography of the region known as the Middle East. MENAS Majors study issues like population, development, and the allocation of water resources and may pursue specialized study in subjects such as Biblical archaeology, the history of Islam, or the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

Focus: the history, cultures, languages, politics, and geography of this dynamic region
Potential jobs: interpreter; intelligence officer; foreign language teacher; political consultant; cultural advisor; international business

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Philosophy (B.A., minor)

Philosophy is the study of issues and ideas, in which questions are approached through reflection rather than experimentation. Philosophy majors examine basic questions about such topics as the nature of existence and knowledge. They also study the history of philosophy, learn how to use logic and argue their ideas, and use philosophy to better understand other fields. 

Focus: the history of philosophy, learn how to use logic and critical reasoning to communicate their ideas, and explore meaning within the human experience
Potential jobs: business administrator, attorney, health care practitioner, ethics officer, corporate mediator, environmentalist

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Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Law (PPEL) (B.A.)

PPEL is the sustained philosophical reflection on the interrelations of political, legal, and economic activities and institutions. Along with tools of economic analysis, PPEL is grounded on the humanistic tradition, encouraging analytical and critical reflection on the fundamental values that shape the economic, political, and legal domains.  PPEL majors pursue further study in tracks like International and Global Perspectives, Environmental Issues, or Moral, Economic, and Political Values. 

Focus: intensively interdisciplinary topics in small classes to develop a comprehensive understanding of the social, economic, and political issues we currently face
Potential jobs: policy analyst, legislator, campaign director, community organizer, corporate-government liaison

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Political Science (B.A.)

Political Science is the study of the processes, principles, and structure of government and of political institutions.  Political Science majors learn to think critically about public policies and their consequences, and how to evaluate individual, group, and mass behavior in political settings. 

Focus: the processes, principles, and structures of government and of political institutions and actors in the United States and in countries around the world.
Potential jobs: policy analyst, political consultant, community organizer; executive or legislative assistant; local, state, and federal government; foreign service.

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Public Management and Policy (B.S..) 

Public Management is the study of public entities and their relationships with each other and with the larger world. Through specialization in health and human services and public administration, Public Management and Policy majors study how public sector organizations are organized and managed, and how administrators enact policy at the local, state, and federal levels. 

Focus:  how public and nonprofit organizations are managed, financed, and organized, and how public policies are made and implemented at the local, state and federal levels
Potential jobs: public administrator at the federal, state or local level; policy analyst; budget coordinator; executive or legislative assistant

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Sociology (B.A., minor)

Sociology is the study of human society, its origins, functions, and problems. It focuses on relations among people, groups, classes, organizations, and cultures. Sociology majors explore and analyze issues vital to our personal lives, our communities, our nation, and the world. 

Focus: human society’s origins, functions, and problems, focusing on relations among people, groups, classes, organizations, and cultures
Potential jobs: sociologist; demographer; human services worker; labor relations specialist; community relations director; management and marketing

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Urban and Regional Development (B.S., minor)

Urban and Regional Development focuses on applications of geographical knowledge and technology for business, government, and nonprofit sectors, with an emphasis on economic development and the sustainability of our built and natural environments. Urban and Regional Development majors explore such topics as affordable housing, public transportation, land use and zoning, economics, and environmentally friendly buildings, and how to create livable and environmentally healthy communities. 

Focus: use geographical knowledge and technology for business, government, and nonprofit sectors and study the economic development and sustainability of our built and natural environments
Potential jobs: regional planner; land development project manager; city manager; sustainability specialist; GIS specialist

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