Molecular Engineering


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.

Computational Neuroscience


Computational Neuroscience studies how animal and human nervous systems interact to produce behaviors. Students use quantitative and modeling approaches to describe how nervous systems function, then duplicate those functions with man-made devices. A major is not offered, but students may minor in Computational Neuroscience through the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division.

Human Rights


The Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago integrates the core questions of human dignity with a critical examination of the institutions designed to promote and protect human rights. The curriculum examines human rights from a variety of disciplinary, thematic, and regional perspectives.

Creative Writing


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.

East Asian Languages and Civilizations


The BA program in East Asian studies introduces students to the traditional and modern civilizations of China and Japan and provides them with the opportunity to achieve a basic reading and speaking knowledge of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Slavic Languages and Literatures


The BA degree in Russian and East European Studies is designed to provide students with skills and facility in the languages and cultures of the region, through courses in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Georgian, Polish, and Russian languages and literatures.

English Language and Literature


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.

South Asian Languages and Civilizations


South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC) students gain a broad knowledge of the literature and history of the South Asian subcontinent (i.e., Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), and proficiency in at least one South Asian language that is equivalent to two years of study or greater. Students currently may study Bangla (Bengali), Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, or Urdu.

Gender and Sexuality Studies


Gender and Sexuality Studies allows undergraduates the opportunity to shape a disciplinary or interdisciplinary plan of study focused on gender and sexuality. Students can create a program linked by a focus on gender as an object of study or by gender categories in topics such as sexuality, social life, science, politics and culture, literature and the arts, or systems of thought.


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The modern science of statistics involves the invention, study, and development of principles and methods for modeling uncertainty through mathematical probability; for designing experiments, surveys, and observational programs; and for analyzing and interpreting empirical data. The Statistics program explores principles and methods in combination with training in mathematics and some exposure to computing, which is essential to nearly all modern data analysis.

Germanic Studies


Germanic Studies is intended to provide students with a wide ranging and highly personalized introduction to the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and to various methods of approaching and examining these areas.

Theater and Performance Studies


Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) seeks to animate the intersection of theory and practice in the arts. The program requires its students to acquire a competence in the practice of two media (e.g., theater, film, video, dance, music, creative writing) while gaining fluency in the critical analysis of those media. To this end, students receive training in both performance practice and analysis.

History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine


History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HIPS) covers of a wide range of social, historical, and conceptual issues relating to science. The goal of the program is to provide students with a sound basis on which to interpret and evaluate science and science policy. Students in the program must do sufficient work in one or more sciences to acquire a sound foundation for studying the nature of science.

Visual Arts


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.

Jewish Studies


Jewish Studies provides a context in which students may examine the texts, cultures, languages, and histories of Jews and Judaism over three millennia. The perspective is contextual, comparative, and interdisciplinary. The long and diverse history of Jews and Judaism affords unique opportunities to study modes of continuity and change, interpretation and innovation, and isolation and integration of a world historical civilization.


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