Outline of academic disciplines


An academic discipline or field of study is a branch of knowledge, taught and researched as part of higher education. A scholar's discipline is commonly defined by the university faculties and learned societies to which they belong and the academic journals in which they publish research.

Collage of images representing different academic disciplines

Disciplines vary between well-established ones that exist in almost all universities and have well-defined rosters of journals and conferences, and nascent ones supported by only a few universities and publications. A discipline may have branches, and these are often called sub-disciplines.

The following outline provides an overview of and topical guide to academic disciplines. In each case an entry at the highest level of the hierarchy (e.g., Humanities) is a group of broadly similar disciplines; an entry at the next highest level (e.g., Music) is a discipline having some degree of autonomy and being the basic identity felt by its scholars; and lower levels of the hierarchy are sub-disciplines not normally having any role in the structure of the university's governance.

Humanities edit

Performing arts edit

Visual arts edit

History edit

Also regarded as a Social science

Languages and literature edit

Linguistics listed in Social science

Law edit

Also regarded as a Social science

Also listed in Applied science

Philosophy edit

Also regarded as the separate, an entry at the highest level of the hierarchy

Religious studies edit

Also regarded as a social science

Divinity edit

Theology edit

Social science edit

Anthropology edit

Archaeology edit

Futurology (also known as future studies or prospective studies) edit

Main articles: Outline of futures studies and Futures studies

  • Cashless Society
  • Climate

Economics edit

Geography edit

Linguistics edit

Also regarded as a formal science

Political science edit

Psychology edit

Sociology edit

Natural science edit

Biology edit

Chemistry edit

Earth science edit

Astronomy edit

Physics edit

Formal science edit

Computer science edit

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Mathematics edit

Pure mathematics edit

Applied mathematics edit

Applied science edit

Agriculture edit

Architecture and design edit

Business edit

Education edit

Engineering and technology edit

Chemical engineering edit

Civil engineering edit

Educational technology edit

Electrical engineering edit

Materials science edit

Mechanical engineering edit

Systems science edit

Environmental studies and forestry edit

Family and consumer science edit

Human physical performance and recreation edit

Journalism, media studies and communication edit

Law edit

Also regarded as a social science

Also listed in Humanities

Library and museum studies edit

Medicine and health edit

Military sciences edit

Public administration edit

Public policy edit

Social work edit

Transportation edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Khaled Nabil, Al-Momani (25 August 2020). "Characteristics of Design as an Academic and Creative Discipline". Kne Social Sciences. Ural Federal University: 294–298. doi:10.18502/kss.v4i11.7560. S2CID 221710217.
  2. ^ Bravo, Rafael Ángel (4 March 2016). "Vigencia de la Bauhaus en la formación académica de los diseñadores gráficos" [Currency of the Bauhaus in the academic training of graphic designers] (in Spanish). Francisco José de Caldas District University. Archived from the original on 12 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Graphic Design". College of the Sequoias. Archived from the original on 22 September 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2022.

Further reading edit

  • Abbott, Andrew (2001). Chaos of Disciplines. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-00101-2.
  • Oleson, Alexandra; Voss, John (1979). The Organization of knowledge in modern America, 1860–1920. ISBN 0-8018-2108-8.
  • US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). National Center for Education Statistics.

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