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Computational and Applied Math

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The Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics offer a BS in Computational and Applied Mathematics. The program is designed for students who intend to specialize in computational and/or applied mathematics, as well as students who want to acquire a strong quantitative background to be applied in such varied areas as physics, biological sciences, engineering, operations research, economics, and finance.

Molecular Engineering

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Molecular engineering is rooted in the concept of translating molecular-level science in physics, chemistry, and biology into new technologies and solutions to societal problems of global significance, and to continually inspire creative applications of molecular-level science. This new approach to engineering research and education combines skill sets across disciplines, emphasizing problem solving and disciplinary integration.

Creative Writing

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Creative writing at the University of Chicago can position itself as part of the intellectual framework of any program or major, and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work. Students may pursue creative writing as part of the formal program in English Language and Literature or Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, as a stand-alone minor with any other major, as part of another major that accepts writing courses to count towards requirements, or as an elective.

Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Astrophysics deals with some of the most majestic themes known to science. Among these are the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day; the origin and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the elements themselves; the unity of basic physical law; and the connection between the subatomic properties of nature and the observed macroscopic universe.

Economics

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Economics is intended to equip students with the basic tools to understand the operation of a modern economy: the origin and role of prices and markets, the allocation of goods and services, and the factors that enter into the determination of income, employment, and the price level.

Medieval Studies

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Medieval Studies acquaints students with a broad range of medieval materials from a variety of perspectives (e.g., historical, literary, artistic, theological) as preparation for writing a BA paper on some aspect of medieval civilization. Students investigate the Middle Ages through studies in historical, literary, and adjunct areas. Interested students are encouraged to attend the medieval studies workshops.

Tutorial Studies

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Tutorial Studies provides an alternative for students who are able to propose a coherent course of studies that clearly do not fit within a regular major. Students in the College may be admitted to Tutorial Studies at any point in their careers; their requirements will then be written to fill the time they have left until graduation. Students have no major; instead, all students have a tutor – a member of the Chicago faculty who develops a course of study with the student under the general supervision of the program chairman.

English Language and Literature

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English Language and Literature provides students with the opportunity to intensively study works of literature, drama, and film originally written in English. Courses address fundamental issues, such as the literary history of a period, the achievements of a major author, the defining characteristics of a genre, the politics of interpretation, the formal beauties of individual works, and the methods of literary scholarship and research.

Music

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Music aims to broaden the exposure to and enrich the understanding of the various musical traditions of the world. The BA program offers a balance of practical, historical, and conceptual approaches to music. Courses address the materials of tonal music in the Western tradition, the analysis of individual works, the study of composers and genres, non-Western and vernacular repertories, musical composition, critical approaches to music, and the role of music in society.

Visual Arts

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Visual Arts students develop communicative, analytical, and expressive skills through the process of artistic production. While the concentration in the Visual Arts builds on the UChicago tradition of emphasis on critical thinking and the development, this course of study also develops a powerful set of skills that allow students to become more sensitive to phenomena, such as the relative nature of color; the particular measure of space; and the ways in which our perceptual experiences give meaning to forms in the visual field.

Environmental Science

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Environmental Science is designed to prepare students to enter a variety of interdisciplinary fields, including the interface of environmental science and public policy. Students are given the opportunity to study topics such as the chemistry and dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere, climate change, biogeochemical cycles, ecology, conservation, and environmentally relevant aspects of economics and policy.

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

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The BA degree programs in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) are as varied as the wide subject matter they embrace. Areas of specialization within NELC include: Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East, Classical Hebrew Language and Civilization, Cuneiform Studies, Egyptian Languages and Civilization, Islamic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Hebrew, Kazakh, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek, and Near Eastern Judaica.

Environmental Studies

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In the early twenty-first century, environmental challenges – including deforestation, climate change, pollution, water resources, habitat loss, and the food and energy needs of a growing population-are among the most pressing issues facing the world. The Environmental Studies program allows students to address these issues through focused interdisciplinary coursework and research.

Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

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The Fundamentals program enables students to concentrate on fundamental questions by reading classic texts that articulate and speak to these questions. It seeks to foster precise and thoughtful pursuit of basic questions by means of rigorous training in the interpretation of important texts, supported by extensive training in at least one foreign language, and by the acquisition of the knowledge, approaches, and skills of conventional disciplines: historical, religious, literary, scientific, political, and philosophical.

Philosophy

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Philosophy covers a wide range of historical periods and fields. The BA program acquaints students with some of the classic texts of the discipline and trains students in rigorous methods of argument. The intensive track option is for qualified students interested in small group discussions of major philosophical problems and texts. The option in philosophy and allied fields is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary program involving philosophy and some other field.

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