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Major Guides: Arts & Sciences

Anthropology Major Guide for 2011-2012

Anthropology (literally the study of humans) is an extremely broad and diverse field concerned with every aspect of the human condition: past present and future. An undergraduate majoring in anthropology at the University of Tennessee learns of this breadth and diversity by taking courses in cultural, biological and archaeological anthropology.

Art History Major Guide for 2011-2012

Art History examines the history of works of art in the broadest possible context. Study involves the investigation of the world’s monuments and images from a variety of perspectives, ranging from physical investigations of the works of art themselves, to biographical inquiries into the lives of artists, to examinations of the social, political and historical contexts within which works of art are made.

Biology – Plant Biology Major Guide for 2011-2012

Plant Biology is the study of plants at all levels, from ecosystems and communities to the cellular, subcellular and molecular levels. Plant Biologists seek to understand questions related to the ability of plants to interact with each other and with other organisms, and to respond to their environment.

Chemistry Major Guide for 2011-2012

Chemistry is the central science that deals with understanding the atomic and molecular basis of all forms of matter. The science uses observation of phenomena to better understand the constructive and destructive forces needed to modify matter.

Classics Major Guide for 2012-2013

Classics is the study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of Greek and Roman Antiquity from the beginnings in the Aegean Bronze Age through the fall of Rome. The Department of Classics offers major concentrations in Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization, and Classical Archaeology.

College Scholars Major Guide for 2011-2012

The College Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary honors program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our program exists solely for highly motivated and academically talented students who have clear goals for their undergraduate education, and who cannot reach those goals within the traditional requirements structure of the college.

English Major Guide for 2012-2013

English majors can choose from four concentrations: Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, and Technical Communication. Because of the rich and extensive training they acquire in critical thinking, advanced reading and analysis, literary and cultural history, and oral and written communication, English majors enjoy a range of career options upon graduation.

Geography Major Guide for 2011-2012

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.

German Major Guide for 2011-2012

A major in German combines thorough language training and the study of all aspects of German life and culture. German graduates are prepared either to go on to graduate training to become language professionals or to use their language skills and understanding of the cultures and literatures of the German-speaking countries in such other fields as business, engineering, architecture, law, and just about any area in the social sciences or humanities.

Global Studies Major Guide for 2011-2012

Global Studies is the UT interdisciplinary program that looks at the world as a whole. For the first time in history, the enormous international movement of goods, migration of people, spread of technologies, and mixing of cultures makes it meaningful to study the world as one interacting human community.

Hispanic Studies Major Guide for 2011-2012

Hispanic studies encompasses all aspects of Hispanic life and culture: literature, language, culture, history, film, art. A major in Hispanic Studies, perhaps with a concentration in Language and World Business, can be an advantage in gaining employment in many fields: teaching, translation, interpreting, journalism, international business or law, foreign service, travel industry jobs, etc.

History Major Guide for 2011-2012

You may want to major in history if you like to puzzle over the questions “Why?” and “So what?” or if you like to explore the dynamic relationships among what people believe in, what they say, and what they do.

Italian Major Guide for 2011-2012

The Italian major provides students with an overall view of Italian culture, economy, history, and society. The major is particularly appealing to students who love to learn and experience other cultures, speak other languages, travel, and wish to work for American companies doing business in or with Italy.

Judaic Studies Major Guide for 2011-2012

The major concentration in Judaic Studies offers a course of study that treats Judaism as a historically evolving and culturally specific enterprise. The concentration explores Jewish culture, religion and heritage through literature, philosophy, archaeology, music, and history. 

Language and World Business Major Guide for 2011-2012

Language and World Business allows students to obtain a B.A. degree by completing a special major in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish with an emphasis in international business, international retail merchandising, or international agricultural economics.

Mathematics Major Guide for 2011-2012

A person who majors in mathematics is trained to solve problems by ignoring superfluous detail, looking for structure, and designing a logical method of attack that considers a wide range of possible outcomes and tries to eliminate preconceived notions. Because math majors are trained to think clearly and logically, as well as to quantify, they are sought by business, government and industry.

Medieval Studies Major Guide for 2011-2012

Medieval studies is the examination of the Middle Ages—the period between the great Classical civilizations and modern times—from the perspectives of several academic disciplines: history, literature, languages, art history, religious studies, music, archeology, political science, and philosophy.

Music – Sacred Music Major Guide for 2011-2012

Students that major in sacred music are usually interested not only in music itself, but also in religion. The degree in Sacred Music will emphasize music skills as well as the skills, concepts and knowledge you will need as a church musician and includes courses in music performance, conducting and religious studies.

Music (B.A.) Major Guide for 2011-2012

The Bachelor of Arts in music is designed for those students who have a strong interest in music, but desire a comprehensive liberal studies program. The primary goals are the development of basic musicianship, the ability to perform literature well, and an introduction to a set of principles and terms that lead to a fuller intellectual grasp of the art. This major is especially ideal for students wishing to double major.

Music Performance Major Guide for 2011-2012

As a performer, the professional musician will perform music alone or with a group, either small or large, of other musicians. The Bachelor of Music degree’s primary emphasis is on the development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician.

Philosophy Major Guide for 2011-2012

As an academic discipline, Philosophy addresses questions basic to the human experience. Employers of all sorts value highly the education and training philosophy majors acquire.  Philosophy majors know how to think, and they know how to speak and write clearly, in both expository and argumentative modes.

Political Science Major Guide for 2011-2012

Political Science is the systematic study of politics and government. It is a broad and diverse discipline ranging from the study of political philosophy to the analysis of international terrorism. As a blend of the theoretical and the practical, Political Science provides a broad liberal arts background for professional careers in law, government service, foreign service, business, journalism, and education.

Russian Studies Major Guide for 2011-2012

Russian Studies is not just for translators, diplomats and teachers. Russian can be especially useful for people pursuing careers in business, law enforcement, political analysis, nuclear waste and weapons management, geological exploration, work in international aid organizations, natural resource management, and computer science.

Sociology Major Guide for 2011-2012

Sociology is the branch of the social sciences that uses systematic methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop and refine our knowledge about  groups, organizations and societies, and their interactions with one another and the natural environment. 

Theatre Major Guide for 2011-2012

The theatre major at UT is a Bachelor of Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences. This means that it is a general theatre degree, requiring courses in all aspects of theatre: history, literature, performance, directing, design and technology.

Women’s Studies Major Guide for 2011-2012

The Women’s Studies program offers an education with outstanding scholars and artists across a wide range of disciplines within the humanities, law, health, and the social sciences. Women’s Studies courses help students to develop critical thinking about the economic, social, and legal factors influencing women’s roles in contemporary and historical societies and help students in evaluating those roles in the widest possible perspectives.

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