Outline of academic disciplines

Summary

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 is provided as 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.

HumanitiesEdit

Performing artsEdit

Visual artsEdit

HistoryEdit

Languages and literatureEdit

LawEdit

PhilosophyEdit

Religious StudiesEdit

TheologyEdit

Social scienceEdit

AnthropologyEdit

ArchaeologyEdit

EconomicsEdit

GeographyEdit

Political scienceEdit

PsychologyEdit

SociologyEdit

Social workEdit

Natural scienceEdit

BiologyEdit

ChemistryEdit

Earth scienceEdit

Space scienceEdit

PhysicsEdit

Formal scienceEdit

Computer scienceEdit

Also a branch of electrical engineering

MathematicsEdit

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied scienceEdit

AgricultureEdit

Architecture and designEdit

BusinessEdit

DivinityEdit

EducationEdit

Engineering and technologyEdit

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Environmental studies and forestryEdit

Family and consumer scienceEdit

Human physical performance and recreationEdit

Journalism, media studies and communicationEdit

LawEdit

Library and museum studiesEdit

Medicine and healthEdit

Military sciencesEdit

Public administrationEdit

Public policyEdit

Social workEdit

TransportationEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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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