Ursinus College Catalog

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Study in Depth

Through study in depth, students learn the modes of inquiry of an academic discipline, develop the insight to make informed judgments among conflicting methods and interpretations, and acquire the ability to make connections among different disciplines. Study in depth is achieved by the completion of a major.

Majors include at least 32 credit hours in the major department or discipline, at least one writing-intensive (W) course, an oral presentation, and a capstone experience involving students in focused inquiry.

Majors

The following majors have been approved by the faculty:

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Art and Art History
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • East Asian Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theater

Student-Initiated Majors

Students who complete the freshman year and whose major interests span two or more recognized academic fields, if they have a cumulative B average (3.0 or above), may arrange a specialized major which combines these two fields, such as biophysics, biopsychology, chemical biology or comparative literature.

In order to set up such a specialized major, the student and the appropriate department heads, in consultation with other department members, must draw up a written statement of all courses and additional major requirements, which may include a comprehensive or an oral examination by members of both departments at the end of the program of studies. The proposal must identify the courses that will satisfy the College’s requirements for intensive writing, oral presentation, and capstone experience. This proposed course of studies must then be submitted to the Dean of the College, whose approval is needed. Upon successful completion of the major requirements so specified, the student will graduate in the subject field specified on the program proposal.

Minors

Students have the opportunity to develop a secondary academic specialty by developing a minor concentration.

The following minor concentrations have been approved by the faculty:

  • African American and Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Chemistry
  • Coaching
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education, Elementary
  • Education, Secondary
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance and Accounting
  • French
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • German
  • German Studies
  • Greek
  • History
  • Human Behavioral Development
  • Human Performance Assessment
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace and Social Justice Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theater
  • Wellness/Fitness

Students who have interests spanning more than one department may design individual minors in consultation with the chairpersons of the involved departments.