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Academic disciplines


This is a list of academic disciplines. An academic discipline, or field of study, is a branch of knowledge which is taught or researched at the college or university level. Disciplines are defined and recognised by the academic journals in which research is published, and the learned societies and academic departments or faculties to which their practitioners belong.

Fields of study usually have several sub-disciplines or branches, and the distinguishing lines between these are often both arbitrary and ambiguous.

Historically (in medieval Europe), there were only four faculties in a university: Theology, Medicine, Jurisprudence and Arts, with the last one having a somewhat lower status than the other three. Today's disciplines have their roots in the mid- to late-19th century secularization of universities, when the traditional curriculum was supplemented by non-classical languages and literatures, physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. In the opening decades of the 20th century, education, sociology, and psychology took their place in the university curriculum.

A "*" denotes a field whose academic status is debated. Note that the area into which some fields should be classified is debated, such as whether anthropology and linguistics are social sciences disciplines or humanities disciplines.

[edit] Image:Nuvola apps kalzium.png Natural sciences

[edit] Astronomy

[edit] Behavioral science

[edit] Biology

See also: #Anthropology, #Psychology

[edit] Chemistry

[edit] Physics

[edit] Earth sciences

[edit] Image:Nuvola apps edu mathematics.png Mathematics and computer science

[edit] Mathematics

See also: AMS Mathematics Subject Classification

[edit] Computer science

See also: ACM Computing Classification System

[edit] Image:Nuvola apps kfm home.png Social sciences

[edit] Anthropology

[edit] Archaeology

[edit] Communications

[edit] Economics

[edit] Ethnic Studies

[edit] Ethnology

[edit] History

[edit] Geography

[edit] Linguistics

[edit] Political science

[edit] Psychology

[edit] Semiotics

[edit] Sociology

For a more extensive list see Subfields of sociology

[edit] Image:Nuvola apps kcoloredit.png Humanities and arts

[edit] Area studies (sometimes called cultural studies)

[edit] Art

[edit] Classics

[edit] Creative writing

[edit] Dance

[edit] English Studies

also see Literature and linguistics

[edit] Film studies and film criticism

[edit] Folklore

[edit] Gender studies

[edit] History

See entry under Social sciences

[edit] Linguistics

See entry under Social sciences

[edit] Literature and cultural studies

[edit] Literatures

[edit] Methods and topics

[edit] Music

[edit] Museology

[edit] Mythology

[edit] Philology

[edit] Philosophy

[edit] Religious studies

[edit] Theatre

[edit] Image:Nuvola apps krdc.png Professions / Applied sciences/ Applied arts

[edit] Agriculture

[edit] Business

[edit] Design

[edit] Education

[edit] Engineering

[edit] Ergonomics

[edit] Family and consumer science

[edit] Fire Safety

[edit] Forestry

[edit] Health sciences

[edit] Journalism and mass communications

[edit] Law

[edit] Library and information science

[edit] Military science

[edit] Public affairs

[edit] Social work

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

  • Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP 2000): Developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics to provide a taxonomic scheme that will support the accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity.
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