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ProgramProgram typeAcademic interestsDescriptionSpecializationsFaculty or division
Aboriginal Language RevitalizationCertificateLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

The award-winning and accessible Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization is offered by the University of Victoria's Department of Linguistics and the Division of Continuing Studies, in partnership with the En'owkin Centre.

The certificate is offered primarily in partnership with communities, with occasional courses offered on campus. Core coursework, combined with flexible elective offerings, enables individuals concerned with language loss, maintenance, and recovery to develop both knowledge and practical strategies for language revitalization activities across British Columbia and beyond.

Program participants include individuals working with First Nations and other Indigenous communities in the revitalization and teaching of Aboriginal languages, or with agencies involved in the development and delivery of language and cultural revitalization policies and programs. Past participants have included students from across British Columbia and as far away as Nunavut, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories who learn from one another as well as from experienced instructors and resource people.

Faculty of HumanitiesDivision of Continuing Studies
AnthropologyBachelor degreeMinorPeople and Society

Anthropology explores the diversity of human lifeways, past and present. Study how cultural contexts shape who we are, our long-term human histories, and our evolutionary relationships. We draw on humanist and scientific perspectives of socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology.

  • Evolution and ecology
  • Inequality
  • Culture and health
  • Space
  • Place
  • Knowledge and power
  • Visual anthropology and materiality
Faculty of Social Sciences
Applied EthicsMinorBusiness, Economics and LawPeople and Society

This interdisciplinary program promotes critical thinking about difficult topics in contemporary society. You'll gain the practical and theoretical resources necessary to deal with the wide range of ethical challenges that you're likely to encounter in your personal and professional life. With courses from various departments to choose from, you can focus on areas that complement your major program of study.

Faculty of Humanities
Applied LinguisticsBachelor degreeLanguages and Global Cultures

This program provides a balanced theoretical and practical education. Working closely with distinguished faculty, you'll receive a strong grounding in theories and issues of additional-language teaching and learning. The program is accredited by TESL Canada and completion of the BA qualifies students for a Level 2 (interim) teaching certificate.

Faculty of Humanities
Art History and Visual StudiesBachelor degreeMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Understanding visual communication and art helps us unravel history, expand our perspective and inform our future. In this program, you’ll discover visual traditions of world cultures and the history of artistic materials and techniques while learning about museum studies, the history of video games, daring cases of art forgery, horror cinema and so much more.

Faculty of Fine Arts
Arts of CanadaMinorFine Arts and Digital MediaLanguages and Global Cultures

With a combination of courses across different disciplines, you will get a broad understanding of the diversity of the arts of Canada and its peoples.

Faculty of Fine Arts
AstronomyBachelor degreeMinorPhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Astronomy and physics allow us to understand the world from subatomic to cosmological scales. During the program, you can engage in research while working with internationally-recognized faculty. You will discover the science that allows us to see the sky in a new way, while developing a valuable range of critical problem-solving skills.

Faculty of Science
BiochemistryBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life Sciences

Learn about cutting-edge topics such as proteomics, genomics, gene expression and development, metabolic diseases and bioinformatics. You have the opportunity to become proficient in technical skills through highly rated laboratory techniques courses, a successful cooperative education program and courses that allow you to conduct experimental research under the guidance of a department member.

Faculty of Science
Biochemistry and ChemistryBachelor degreePhysical SciencesHealth and Life Sciences

Study chemical phenomena and biochemical processes in tandem to discover what makes the living world tick at the molecular level. You will learn about and experience exciting chemistry and biochemistry fundamentals through to leading-edge scientific discoveries. Interested in research? If so, there are many opportunities to pursue real research with professors from second year onward.

Faculty of Science
BiologyBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Explore life at all levels of organization, from the gene to the ecosystem. Understand the key fields of biology, including cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics and physiology, and have the opportunity to design your own program of study. Develop strong practical skills through field and laboratory work and in research projects. 

  • Forest biology
  • Marine biology
  • Neurobiology
Faculty of Science
Biology and Earth and Ocean ScienceBachelor degreePhysical Sciences

Discover the complex interactions among geological, oceanic and atmospheric processes. Understand the influence of these processes on land- and sea-based organisms and ecosystems. Build upon biological, chemical and physical knowledge to gain a comprehensive understanding of our Earth and the life it sustains. Be challenged by field schools and marine laboratories.

Faculty of Science
Biology and Mathematics and StatisticsBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life Sciences

As a student with an interest in biology and a talent for mathematics or statistics, this combined program will prepare you for the highly significant research areas of mathematical biology or biostatistics, or prepare you to be a better biologist with more powerful theoretical and analytic tools at your disposal.

Faculty of Science
Biology and PsychologyBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Investigate the interconnections between psychology and neurobiology. Study the human mind and the brains of humans and other animals in courses on neuronal function, neuroanatomy and behaviour. Explore the biological basis of behaviour at the molecular to neural-system levels. Develop practical skills through hands-on laboratory work and research projects. 

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Social Sciences
Biomedical EngineeringBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life Sciences

Biomedical engineers use their training to analyze problems in medicine and biology and to design technologies that provide an overall enhancement of health care and medicine. These technologies may include biomechanics, medical implants and rehabilitation engineering. Biomedical engineers possess a firm foundation in engineering, a working knowledge of human biology and an understanding of medicine and clinical practice. 

  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
Faculty of Engineering
BusinessMinorBusiness, Economics and Law

Do you want to do business by doing good? We do too! Develop fundamental business knowledge to complement your degree. Gain a different perspective of our economic and social environment (regardless of your major).

Add the Business minor to your major degree studies at UVic, or apply to our full-time Commerce degree program.

Gustavson School of Business
Canadian StudiesDiplomaLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

The Canadian Studies diploma program offers you a way to satisfy your academic, professional or personal interest in subjects relating to Canada. You will complete required core courses in Canadian culture and issues, and choose electives from a range of other courses related to Canada.

Explore Canada from a variety of perspectives: artistic, cultural, historical, geographical, political or economic, the choice is up to you.

Division of Continuing StudiesFaculty of HumanitiesFaculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Fine Arts
ChemistryBachelor degreePhysical Sciences

You will examine the “stuff” of the world around us–whether it’s paint, plastics, perfume, pills or pizza, the materials of modern life are chemicals. Learn about and experience exciting chemistry fundamentals and leading-edge scientific discoveries. Interested in research? If so, there are many opportunities to pursue real research from second year onward. 

Faculty of Science
Chemistry and Earth and Ocean SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesExplore the fields of geochemistry and chemical oceanography. Learn how chemistry plays a vital role in all Earth systems. Investigate the nature of chemical elements in rocks, minerals, soils and water, learning about their distribution and movement and the role human activities play in these. Hands-on learning happens in lab exercises, field trips/schools and research experiences.Faculty of Science
Chemistry and MathematicsBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyThis program will use the tools of advanced mathematics to enhance your understanding of chemistry. You will explore all areas of chemistry while developing strong core skills in mathematics and statistics. For example, you will investigate quantum chemistry and calculus to learn about atomic and molecular behaviours.Faculty of Science
Chemistry for the Medical SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesHealth and Life Sciences

Do you have a strong interest in chemistry but plan to enter a professional program in the health sciences? If so, this program is for you. You will gain a solid grounding in chemistry balanced with courses from other disciplines. This is a good preparation for health-oriented professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and others.

Faculty of Science
Child and Youth CareBachelor degreeEducation and FamilyPeople and Society

Keen to make a positive impact in the lives of children, youth, families and communities? Discover a world of diverse career opportunities as you develop practice skills, knowledge and self-awareness. Choose child protection, early years or Indigenous specializations within your degree. Enjoy our learning community of collaboration, mutual respect and accountability.

  • Child protection
  • Early years
  • Indigenous
Faculty of Human and Social Development
Chinese Studies MinorLanguages and Global Cultures

China's 5,000 years of history and resurgent economic and political power play an increasingly important role on the world stage and in Canada's future. Develop language skills, learn how to analyze films and literature, and even have the opportunity to study in China or Taiwan.

Faculty of Humanities
Civil EngineeringBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

Our Civil Engineering program is unique, modern and innovative. It connects the different, traditional facets of civil engineering, such as structures, materials, transportation and water resources, to a focus on solving environmental challenges. The program is also designed to provide you with expertise in engineering solutions for remote and Indigenous communities.

Faculty of Engineering
Coastal StudiesMinorEnvironment and Sustainability

This minor provides you with the skills to anticipate, mitigate and manage societal and environmental change in coastal areas. Graduates will be able to influence policy, connect local needs to international circumstances, watersheds to coastal oceans, living resources to environments, human well-being to environmental quality, and economic prosperity to environmental sustainability.

  • Biophysical geography
  • Environmental geography
  • Geomatics
  • Human geography
Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Science
Collections ManagementCertificatePeople and SocietyThe Collections Management program provides museum professionals with a highly respected credential along with applicable knowledge and skills, in an innovative and flexible format that will suit both professional development needs and a busy work schedule.
  • Archivist
  • Collections assistant
  • Collections manager
  • Conservator
  • Curator
Division of Continuing Studies
CommerceBachelor degreeBusiness, Economics and Law

Do you want to do business by doing good? We do too! Develop in-demand business skills that focus on corporate sustainability and social responsibility. Explore the world of international business on study exchange or in our specialization option. Build your entrepreneurship toolkit to start your own business and learn the art of the customer "wow" in our service management specialization options.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • International business
  • Service management
Gustavson School of Business
Computer EngineeringBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

Computer engineers focus their skills on computer systems, especially the interaction between the hardware and software components of those systems. They also have a strong background in software design and understand the interface between different pieces of hardware and how computer systems integrate into the larger picture.

  • Communications
  • Computational intelligence
  • Computer systems
  • Digital and embedded systems
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electrical energy systems
  • Electromagnetics and photonics
  • Electronics
  • Mechatronics
  • Networks security and privacy
Faculty of Engineering
Computer ScienceBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

This program will give you a comprehensive understanding of computational systems and software. Computer scientists use their problem-solving skills to work in finance, health care, film, music, gaming, aviation and almost every other industry. As an ever-expanding field of study, a computer science degree provides you with exceptional career opportunities.

  • Computer communications and networks
  • Computer graphics and gaming
  • Software engineering
  • Theory
Faculty of Engineering
Computer Science and Health Information ScienceBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life Sciences

Health information science bridges the worlds of health care, management and technology. It includes developing and managing the latest information technology applications securely and effectively within health care organizations. Pursue the technical aspects of our health care systems and informatics issues. Your studies will include the fundamentals of software engineering, operating systems, human-computer interaction, programming languages and computer hardware.

Faculty of Human and Social Development
Computer Science and MathematicsBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

Develop fundamental skills in mathematics and computer science then be able to specialize in one of the topics where the two disciplines overlap. Use mathematics as a tool in computing and computing as a tool in mathematical problem-solving. Discover bridges between theory and practice and learn skills to be successful in both industry and academia.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Engineering
Computer Science and StatisticsBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

This is an interdisciplinary program in data science. It combines the analytical tools of statistics with data management and coding skills from computer science. You will learn the skills necessary to analyze, design, code, problem-solve and think critically with data. You will take big data and extract meaningful information to understand current behaviours and predict future trends.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Engineering
Computer SystemsMinorEngineering, Math and Technology

Gain an understanding of computational systems and software and learn about the interaction between hardware and software components of those systems. This minor is open to all students except those in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Faculty of Engineering
Creative WritingMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Curious about how writing can positively impact almost any career or creative path? Interested in expanding your post-graduation options? Why not combine a Creative Writing minor with your degree? Storytelling is one of the most fundamental and ancient ways of making meaning out of our world, and your ability to communicate is critical to success in life and work.

Faculty of Fine Arts
Cultural Resource ManagementDiplomaFine Arts and Digital MediaPeople and SocietyThe Diploma in Cultural Resource Management program offers practical, theoretical and management-based professional training, along with a recognized and respected diploma credential, in a flexible format taught by established industry experts.

This program is designed for career professionals working in the museum and heritage field, who are looking to gain valuable professional development and earn a credential. Students in this program come from a wide variety of cultural sectors and professions, including:

  • curators
  • collections managers
  • historical interpreters
  • museum designers and technicians
  • museum educators
  • heritage planners
  • public historians and many more
Division of Continuing StudiesFaculty of Fine Arts
Digital and Interactive Media in the ArtsMinorEngineering, Math and TechnologyFine Arts and Digital Media

From Netflix to smart phones, digital media is already a big part of our lives. This brand new program will help you develop skills in new media, create artistic works using new interactive technologies and enhance your visual literacy. You’ll better understand how art, media and culture can impact society, and explore new conceptual and creative possibilities.

Faculty of Fine Arts
Earth SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEnvironment and Sustainability

Are you drawn to understanding the Earth, the interactions between its component systems (solid earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere) and their evolving character? Learn about the processes that shape the Earth, the chemical and physical properties of rocks and minerals, the evolution of the oceans and atmosphere and the history of environmental and biological change over geologic time.

Faculty of Science
EconomicsBachelor degreeMinorBusiness, Economics and LawEngineering, Math and Technology

Economics is a way of thinking, analyzing society’s choices given limited resources, using quantitative and analytic tools. These tools are used to address a wide range of issues, e.g., markets, health, environment, finance, and public policy. We offer major and honours BA or BSc programs, with the possibility of a business or finance option, and a double major in Financial Mathematics and Economics.

  • Business economics
  • Financial economics
Faculty of Social Sciences
EducationMinorEducation and Family

Thinking of being an educator but in an informal setting? This program focuses on the basic foundations of learning, teaching and instructional design to meet the needs of informal educators working in a wide range of settings.

Add the Education minor to your major degree studies at UVic, or apply to our full-time Teacher Education: Elementary Curriculum degree program.

Faculty of Education
Electrical EngineeringBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

Electrical engineers concentrate their work on electrical devices and systems. Electrical engineering has grown to match the wide range of applications of electricity in our modern world. Electrical engineering is a broad discipline with many possibilities for intriguing specializations. As almost every modern field has been influenced by electrical engineering—through the use, transmission, storage or generation of electricity—career opportunities for electrical engineers are vast.

  • Communications
  • Computational intelligence
  • Computer systems
  • Digital and embedded systems
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electrical energy systems
  • Electromagnetics and photonics
  • Electronics
  • Mechatronics
  • Network security and privacy
Faculty of Engineering
Electrical SystemsMinorEngineering, Math and Technology

Gain an understanding of electrical devices and systems and learn about the applications of electricity in our modern world. This minor is open to all students except those in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

Faculty of Engineering
EnglishBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global Cultures

Choose from a wide range of traditional and cutting-edge courses that consider literature from a variety of perspectives. Feed your imagination, challenge your intellect and enhance the pleasure of reading. Our courses, whether in literature or professional communication, develop your ability to write well and to analyze texts effectively.

Faculty of Humanities
English and French Canadian LiteratureBachelor degreeLanguages and Global CulturesThis degree program is composed of courses in English Canadian and Quebecois literature and culture. Take introductory courses in the first and second years, including courses on Canadian history and Canadian arts, then focus on courses in Canadian literature and culture from the English and French departments. 

Faculty of Humanities
Environmental StudiesBachelor degreeMinorEnvironment and Sustainability

Environmental studies is about the relationship between social, cultural, economic, political and ecological systems. Examine how human activities affect the landscape, and develop integrated approaches to solving environmental problems. From engaging in community-based research to developing community action plans or working on local ecological restoration projects, you will make an impact on real issues affecting local and international communities.

  • Ecological restoration
  • Ethnoecology
  • Political ecology
Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Science
European StudiesMinorLanguages and Global Cultures

This program immerses you in European politics and challenges you to compare the Canadian and European systems, giving you a thorough understanding of Europe's complex history, culture, economics and fast-changing politics. Our interdisciplinary approach helps you develop an awareness of Europe through different fields of expertise, scholarly approaches and methodologies.

Faculty of Fine ArtsFaculty of Human and Social DevelopmentFaculty of HumanitiesFaculty of Social Sciences
Film StudiesMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Explore movies from a theoretical and international perspective with 25 faculty members across 8 departments. From vampires and gender studies to action movies and queer cinema, studying film with a global focus can change the way you see the world. You can also go behind the scenes with classes in screenwriting, film scoring, sound design and film production.

Faculty of Fine Arts
Financial Mathematics and Economics Bachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyPeople and Society

This program provides students with a strong foundation in the mathematical, quantitative and analytic skills that underlie advanced financial analysis. You will learn core economic principles and theories; and advanced mathematical and statistical skills. You will create mathematical models to predict economic behaviour.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Social Sciences
Foundations in Indigenous Fine ArtsCertificateFine Arts and Digital Media

Are you a mature Indigenous student? Curious about developing your skills in creative writing and/or visual arts in an Indigenous context? Explore this unique program in co-operation with the En’owkin International School of Writing and Visual Arts in Penticton, BC. All courses meet UVic's academic standards and emphasize Indigenous peoples’ perspectives and cultural content.

  • Creative writing
  • Visual arts
Faculty of Fine ArtsDivision of Continuing Studies
FrenchBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global Cultures

French is one of Canada's official languages and is spoken by millions of people across five continents. At UVic, you’ll explore everything from cinema and literature, to computer-assisted language learning and translation. We are proud of our students’ high level of written and spoken French and encourage a total immersion environment from our departmental office to the classroom or language laboratory.

Faculty of Humanities
Gender StudiesBachelor degreeMinorPeople and Society

Learn about pressing local and global social-justice issues. Gender Studies courses encourage you to examine how gender, in relation to other categories of difference (race, class, sexuality, ability, age, and citizenship, etc.), shapes people’s lives, experiences, knowledge and possibilities. You’ll acquire a unique perspective on the world and your place in it.

Faculty of Humanities
Geographic Information TechnologyMinorEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

The goal of the program is to provide students from disciplines outside the Department of Geography with knowledge on the theories and skills in spatial sciences. Geographic information technology skills include geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis, cartography, global positioning systems and surveying. This program will prepare you to use spatial technologies to answer applied research questions associated with people, the Earth and resource management.

  • Remote sensing
  • Spatial analysis
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Surveying
Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Science
GeographyBachelor degreeMinorEnvironment and Sustainability

Geography aims to study the relationships within and between human and natural systems, with an emphasis on the spatial nature of these processes. Our department emphasizes the integration of these components by providing our students with a strong theoretical foundation on people and environment interaction. Experiential learning forms a major part of our teaching through field studies, community engaged activities, and our co-op program.

  • Biophysical geography
  • Environmental geography
  • Geomatics
  • Human geography
Faculty of Social Sciences
Geography and Computer Science (Geomatics)Bachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

Combine geography and computer science in the field of geomatics. The joint degree will appeal to technical students interested in customizing geographic technology. You’ll study the science of map technology (GPS, satellite imagery, GIS, and Google Maps), gain technical skills through experiential learning, and harness the power of maps to improve our world.

  • Concentration in geomatics (Honours, BA Major, BSC Major)
  • Geographic information technology (Minor)
Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Engineering
Germanic StudiesBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

What do Friedrich Nietzsche, the Brothers Grimm and Nosferatu have in common? They all have Germanic roots. Germanic studies lets you build language proficiency, explore new cultures and worldviews and even study or work in a German-speaking country. You’ll explore topics including German language, Germanic cultural studies, Holocaust education and memorialization, and multimedia and film studies.

  • Germanic studies 
  • Slavic studies (Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European)
Faculty of Humanities
Global Development StudiesMinorBusiness, Economics and LawLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

This program focuses on the Global South (Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America). You will develop an understanding of the history, theories and practices of global development and the skills needed for development work. It focuses on four themes: human rights, democracy and gender; environmental sustainability and public health; transnationalism, migration and mobility; and literature, culture and society.

Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Humanities
Greek and Latin Language and Literature Bachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Ancient Greek is the language of Homer, Sappho, Plato and the New Testament. Latin is the language of Julius Caesar, Vergil, Ovid and St. Augustine. UVic Greek and Roman Studies offers reading-focused classes in both languages at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Whatever path you follow in later life, knowledge of the ancient languages will be, in the words of Thucydides, a ktȇma es aei—a possession for all time.

Faculty of Humanities
Greek and Roman StudiesBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

The civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome are foundations of the world we live in today. This program offers you a flexible and multidisciplinary degree in languages, literature, history and archaeology, combined according to your interests. Learn how the languages and cultures of the classical world inform our own in many, often surprising, ways.

Faculty of Humanities
Health and SocietyMinorEducation and FamilyHealth and Life SciencesPeople and Society

In today’s world, health and wellness are key priorities whether you are young, old, or in between. It is about personal health and how a community and governments can create healthy environments and respond to the challenges of managing health and health care systems. These social dimensions of health are among some of the most challenging and exciting aspects of health in Canada today. The Health and Society minor gives you a chance to explore a broad range of issues and their interdisciplinary connections.

  • Aboriginal health
  • Addictions and mental health
  • Aging
  • Children and youth
  • Disability
Health & Community ServicesBachelor degreeHealth and Life SciencesPeople and Society

You have a passion for making a difference to the health of society. Our innovative, online program explores community-based approaches to health promotion, disease and injury prevention and the coordination of health and community services.

  • Ageing
  • Disability Studies
  • Global Health
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Health
Faculty of Human and Social Development
Health Information ScienceBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Health Information Science bridges the worlds of health care, management and technology. It includes developing and managing the latest information technology applications securely and effectively within health care organizations. Specialize in applying your people skills through your knowledge of systems. You’ll identify information and data needed by health care professionals and how they are used in order to optimize healthcare and improve health care decisions.

Faculty of Human and Social Development
Hispanic and Italian StudiesBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Shape your future by learning how to communicate with a rich diversity of peoples while exploring their cultures. More than 560 million people speak Spanish and Italy is a vibrant country with one of the most varied and influential literary and film traditions. Whether you study humanities, sciences, music, art or engineering, Hispanic and Italian Studies has something for you.

  • Combined Major in Hispanic and Italian Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Hispanic StudiesBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Shape your future by learning how to communicate with a rich diversity of peoples while exploring their cultures. More than 560 million people speak Spanish, the second most widely spoken language in the world. Relatively few Canadians know Spanish or have an understanding of Hispanic culture. Whether you study humanities, sciences, music, art or engineering, Hispanic Studies has something for you.

Faculty of Humanities
HistoryBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

History is serious business. Many conflicts are the result of historical myths passed off as truths to those without the tools to evaluate them critically. The ability to recall and evaluate the past is fundamental to the functioning of human society. We need to understand the paths that brought societies to where they are today. History gives us the tools to reflect on who we are, where we have come from, and where we might go.

Faculty of Humanities
Human Dimensions of Climate ChangeMinorCertificateEnvironment and Sustainability

Focus on climate change from the perspectives of all the major disciplines that emphasize the human elements of climate change. These include psychology, economics, geography, anthropology, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, business, environmental studies and others. Solutions to the many problems of climate will require an understanding of the human aspects of the problem. In this program, you will directly confront these human aspects.

Indigenous StudiesBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

This program gives Indigenous and non-Indigenous students an opportunity to explore a critical contemporary issue of our times: the social, political, cultural and historical contexts that have shaped—and continue to shape—the lives of Indigenous peoples. The core program incorporates Indigenous world views and ways of knowing and will prepare you to serve in Indigenous communities.

Faculty of Humanities
Intercultural EducationDiplomaEducation and FamilyPeople and Society

Play a productive and socially responsible role in a multicultural and diverse world. You will develop skills to support all aspects of cultural diversity, inclusion and social change in your community, workplace and around the world. Interdisciplinary courses and a required practicum mean that you will be provided multiple viewpoints and experiential learning opportunities.

This interdisciplinary program engages students in a wide range of current issues including:

  • cross-cultural relations
  • intercultural communication
  • cultural diversity
  • issues of power, oppression and privilege
Division of Continuing StudiesFaculty of Education
Island Medical ProgramHealth and Life Sciences

UBC’s MD Undergraduate Program equips you with the knowledge, training, and experience you need to successfully meet the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.

Prepare for a career based on evidence-based practice, critical reflection, lifelong learning, and the highest standards of professionalism.

Japanese Studies MinorLanguages and Global Cultures

Two thousand years of history and cutting-edge popular culture and technology: Japan has everything from ancient poetry to contemporary anime. Develop language skills, learn how to analyze films and manga, and even have the opportunity to study in this fascinating country.

Faculty of Humanities
KinesiologyBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Healthy minds live in healthy bodies. In fact, research has shown that regular cardiovascular exercise boosts the brainpower of humans by improving blood flow to the brain. Explore the growing field of wellness, exercise training and skilled movement. You will study physical activity from a variety of scientific perspectives and apply that knowledge in sport, recreation and rehabilitative settings.

Faculty of Education
Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Get a multi-perspective understanding of this important cultural area and a command of the Spanish language. You'll be encouraged to develop expertise in disciplines such as education, business, anthropology, history, geography and political science.

Faculty of HumanitiesFaculty of Social SciencesFaculty of EducationFaculty of Fine Arts
Latin American Literary and Cultural StudiesBachelor degreeMinor

From Carnival and capoeira to the masterworks of Gabriel García Márquez and Frida Kahlo, this program offers an in-depth understanding of the cultures of Latin America, with a focus on Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. You will develop a command of Spanish or Portuguese that can open doors to careers in foreign service, tourism and education.

Faculty of Humanities
LawBachelor degreeBusiness, Economics and Law

UVic Law is one of Canada’s leading law schools, known for the strength of our academic program, approach to experiential learning and our commitment to community engagement and social justice. Our school has the largest number of clinical placements per student in the country, strengths across a wide range of disciplines, long-term partnerships with Indigenous communities and a deeply-held ethic of social contribution.

  • Environmental law and sustainability
  • Indigenous law
Faculty of Law
LinguisticsBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Are you wondering how to pronounce words in Kwak’wala? Aiming for a career as a language teacher or a speech-language pathologist? Linguistics offers programs exploring everything from the structure of the world’s languages, to how language is organized in our minds, to how best to teach languages. We are leaders in Indigenous language revitalization programs, in partnership with Indigenous Education at UVic.

Faculty of Humanities
MathematicsBachelor degreeMinorEngineering, Math and Technology

Mathematics serves as the common language of science and is the study of number, quantity, arrangement, pattern and space. You will develop skills in abstract reasoning, problem-solving, and communication. You will learn how to approach questions mathematically. The flexibility of our program will allow you to follow your passion in any combination of pure, applied, or discrete mathematics.

Faculty of Science
Mathematics and StatisticsBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

Mathematics is the common language of science, and statistics is the science of data. Together they create a versatile toolset in critical thinking, problem solving and communication. You will learn fundamental concepts from both areas. You'll use these concepts to discover how advanced mathematical ideas and statistical methodologies can take existing data and develop models to measure and predict future real-life outcomes.

Faculty of Science
Mechanical EngineeringBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

As a mechanical engineer, you'll use your scientific knowledge, problem-solving, design and teamwork skills to find solutions for real-world problems. This exciting field includes innovative design for automotive, marine and aerospace applications; intelligent robotic systems; biomedical devices; new tools; and processes to produce advanced materials, novel micro- and nano-devices, and clean energy systems.

  • Advanced materials
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Computer-aided engineering and advanced manufacturing
  • Energy systems
  • Mechatronics
  • Thermo-fluids and aerodynamics
Faculty of Engineering
Mechanical SystemsMinorEngineering, Math and Technology

Explore automotive, aerospace and marine design; robotic systems; the processes to produce advanced materials, micro- and nano-devices, new tools and clean energy systems; and much more. This minor is open to all students outside the Mechanical Engineering program.

Faculty of Engineering
Medieval Studies Bachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Medieval Studies involves interdisciplinary explorations of diverse and bygone worlds that still feed our dreams and works of art. Our first-year courses are designed as gateways and samplers, presenting the diversity of disciplines and objects addressed in Medieval Studies. Come and try your hand at calligraphy or try your mind at transcribing medieval manuscripts.

Faculty of Humanities
Mediterranean Studies Bachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global Cultures

This program offers you insight into the Mediterranean world from the perspectives of two key cultures: Spain and Italy. Courses offered in and out of the department provide a broad perspective on Mediterranean culture, covering its literature, history, arts and politics.

Faculty of Humanities
MicrobiologyBachelor degreeMinorEnvironment and SustainabilityHealth and Life Sciences

Learn about cutting-edge topics such as immunology, mechanisms of infectious disease, genetic engineering and biotechnology. You have the opportunity to become proficient in technical skills through highly rated laboratory training, a successful o-op program and courses where you will conduct experimental research under the guidance of a department member.

Faculty of Science
Microbiology and ChemistryBachelor degreePhysical SciencesHealth and Life Sciences

Study chemical phenomena and microbiological processes in tandem to discover what makes the living world tick at the molecular level. You’ll learn about and experience exciting chemistry and microbiology fundamentals and leading-edge scientific discoveries. If you’re interested in research, there are many opportunities to pursue real research with professors from second year onwards.

Faculty of Science
Museum StudiesMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Excited by museums and galleries? Want to learn more about what happens behind the scenes for curators and exhibit planners? This dynamic minor works well with an Art History and Visual Studies degree or another major like Visual Arts, Medieval Studies or History. You’ll work directly with artworks, take a practicum, meet museum professionals and art experts and discover new ways of seeing.

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MusicBachelor degreeMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Whether you're interested in performing, studying or recording music, you’ll find yourself immersed in music here—from orchestral performance to strings, jazz, vocals and more. Our expert faculty, artists-in-residence, dynamic programs, dedicated building and smaller, supportive classes give you the chance to collaborate with fellow musicians and grow as an artist and performer.

  • Composition and theory
  • History and literature
  • Music education secondary (choral)
  • Music education secondary (instrumental)
  • Musical arts
  • Performance
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Music and Computer ScienceBachelor degreeFine Arts and Digital Media

Like working with music technology? Interested in adapting—and adopting—technical advancements? Work alongside professional recording engineers, music faculty and computer scientists to learn acoustics, recording techniques, sound synthesis and music manipulation. You'll explore synthesizers, samplers and 3-dimensional controllers to create and deliver new styles of music in new formats. 

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NursingBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Nurses are shaping the future of health care as the largest group of health care providers in Canada. As a nurse, you’ll have the chance to directly influence the health of individuals, families and communities. Your desire to excel as a nurse will only grow as you finish your BA through our clinical practicum placements and dynamic research-inspired teaching. You will also test your practice through our hospital-based clinical simulation centre. UVic offers the Nursing program in collaboration with Camosun College.

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Ocean SciencesMinorEnvironment and Sustainability

Do you have a passion for the oceans and their future? The Ocean Sciences minor focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography, while allowing you to pursue a major degree in your primary field of interest. You use oceanographic research methods to study the waters of Saanich Inlet, learning about the biological, chemical, geological and physical processes and interactions in our ocean systems.

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Pacific and Asian StudiesBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

The Pacific and Asian region has always engaged the world’s curiosity as a cultural and economic powerhouse. Each region—China, Japan, Oceania and Southeast Asia—has its own mix of complex histories, cultural traditions, and vibrant languages. Increase your cultural knowledge by taking classes about this ever-changing region.

  • Japanese studies (minor)
  • Chinese studies (minor)
  • Pacific and Asian studies (minor)
  • Southeast Asian studies (minor)
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PhilosophyBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Philosophy explores the most fundamental questions of life, the questions that people across all ages and cultures have always asked themselves about the world and their place in it: what is the meaning of life? What is the ultimate nature of reality? Does God exist? Are there objective standards of right and wrong? Is there life after death? Basic philosophical issues touch almost all aspects of life.

  • Applied ethics (minor)
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Physical Geography and Earth and Ocean SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEnvironment and Sustainability

Are you interested in the forces that shape the Earth’s surface, natural resources and ground water, human impacts on Earth environments, and remote sensing and digital mapping? Learn how the Earth’s natural systems work. Tailor your program to reflect your interests—natural hazards, resource management, soil conservation, environmental protection, and waste management.

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PhysicsBachelor degreeMinorPhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Physics allows us to understand the world from subatomic to cosmological scales. In this program, you’ll engage in research while working with internationally-recognized faculty. Discover the science that allows us to explain and predict the world around us while developing a valuable range of critical problem-solving skills.

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Physics and AstronomyBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Understand the world from subatomic to cosmological scales. Engage in research while working with internationally recognized faculty. You’ll discover the science that allows us to explore other worlds while developing a valuable range of critical problem-solving skills.

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Physics and BiochemistryBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life Sciences

Physics allows us to understand the world, from subatomic to cosmological scales, while biochemistry describes the fundamental molecular basis for life. You’ll engage in research while working with internationally recognized faculty and discover the biophysics and biochemistry that underlie molecular biology and biotechnology.

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Physics and Computer ScienceBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the physical world and computational systems and software. You’ll engage with fundamental science and develop computational and critical problem-solving skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers.

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Physics and Earth Sciences (Geophysics)Bachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

Use physics to investigate the internal structure and processes of the Earth (and other planets). Learn about seismology, gravity, electromagnetism, heat-flow and other geophysical methods and what they tell us about Earth’s evolution, plate tectonics, natural hazards, and exploration for natural resources. Experiential learning is through field exercises and research opportunities. 

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Physics and MathematicsBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Physics allows us to understand the world, from subatomic to cosmological scales, while mathematics is fundamental to our quantitative understanding in all of areas of study. Engage in research while working with internationally recognized faculty and discover the science that allows us to see the hidden symmetries in nature.

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Physics and Ocean Sciences (Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics)Bachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and motion. Obtain a fundamental foundation in physics while investigating physical processes in the atmosphere, ocean and climate and the changes brought about by humans.

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Political ScienceBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Explore the impact of political decisions and the effects they have on us as individuals and as a society. You will focus on critical issues including Indigenous politics, minority rights and identity, migration and refugee movements, privacy and surveillance, democracy, human security, and international law.

  • European Studies
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Professional Communication MinorBusiness, Economics and LawFine Arts and Digital Media

Develop highly employable skills while you complete your undergraduate degree in any faculty on campus. Combined with our internationally recognized co-op program, our courses give you that extra competitive advantage employers look for, whether you're specializing in biology or computer science, history or anthropology.

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Professional Writing in Journalism and PublishingMinorBusiness, Economics and LawFine Arts and Digital Media

Planning a career in journalism or communications? Curious about the rapidly evolving media world? Explore the world of professional writing and get a head-start on your career. You’ll work within a real world environment of market-ready guidelines and deadlines to develop the skills needed to work in media and communications.

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PsychologyBachelor degreeMinorHealth and Life SciencesPeople and Society

Psychology, the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes, addresses fascinating questions that lie at the heart of human experience. Our program offers you a unique combination of strong foundational knowledge, a vibrant research community and hands-on field experience. You will work with your professors and classmates on important issues like how the brain and mind work, and healthy development.

  • Lifespan
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Mind and brain
  • Social psychology
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Psychology and Computer ScienceBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life SciencesPeople and Society

Psychology and computer science enjoy a growing interdisciplinary relationship. Psychological concepts are important in designing effective user interfaces for software/hardware, for understanding and working with artificial intelligence, in methods of biological perception, and in determining neural modes of computation.

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Public AdministrationMinorBusiness, Economics and LawPeople and Society

Develop your practical knowledge and skills in public, community, Indigenous, and volunteer sectors by studying administration, planning, and governance. Courses offer a broad view of the public and non-profit sectors, including applied policy analysis, public sector management, or local government management.

  • Local government management
  • Performance management
  • Public policy and governance
  • Public sector management
  • Voluntary and non-profit sector management
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Recreation and Health EducationBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Study the impact of recreation and leisure on health, society, and quality of life. Through this interdisciplinary program, you will gain the knowledge and ability to plan, organize and facilitate quality wellness experiences.

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Religion, Culture and SocietyBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Learn about the place and function of religions in society—today and in the past. Study the important role that religion plays in the social, political and artistic dimensions of human societies. Our program reflects the growing diversity of belief systems within Canada, emphasizing the need to understand differences and similarities between religions in our increasingly interconnected world.

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Restoration of Natural SystemsDiplomaCertificateEnvironment and Sustainability

An innovative, hands-on program that balances theory and practice across all dimensions of ecological restoration. The key strength of the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) Diploma program is its emphasis on a holistic approach, providing training that combines the research and theory of the biophysical sciences with skills for effective collaboration with communities in restoration work.

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Slavic Studies (Russian and Ukrainian)Bachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global Cultures

If you want to learn about the history of the Soviet Union, Russian folk beliefs and the Cold War, look no further than Slavic studies. We offer courses in Russian, Ukrainian and East European studies that let you build language proficiency, explore new cultures and worldviews, and even study or work in a Russian-speaking country.

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Social Justice StudiesMinorDiplomaPeople and Society

This interdisciplinary program provides you with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and activists engage with social injustices and initiatives promoting social justice in the contemporary world. This program is available as a minor and a diploma.

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Social WorkBachelor degreePeople and Society

You can see yourself making a difference in your community. Our program speaks to your interest in creating a just society with a strong focus on Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families and individuals.

  • Child Welfare Specialization
  • Indigenous Specialization
  • Indigenous Child Welfare Specialization
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SociologyBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Sociology introduces students to a wide range of issues relevant to everyone. You’ll learn about the social world by exploring relevant contemporary issues like gender, social media, crime, environmentalism and social inequality. Sociology students develop strong analytical and communication skills that allow them to pursue various opportunities across a wide range of fields.

  • Crime
  • Family and demography
  • Gender
  • Health aging
  • Law and social control
  • Life course
  • Sexuality and the body
  • Social justice studies (diploma or minor)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Software DevelopmentMinorEngineering, Math and Technology

This minor is available to students not taking Software Engineering or Computer Science. It is designed for students who want to supplement their primary degrees with programming and software development skills.

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Software EngineeringBachelor degreeMinorEngineering, Math and Technology

This program prepares you for a successful career that spans industries by combining theory and deep technical knowledge with teamwork and soft skills. Our program emphasizes the design, analysis, and testing of large scale, embedded, and real-time software systems for correctness, performance, usability, safety, security and cost effectiveness.

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Data mining and analysis
  • Interaction design and data visualization
  • Performance and scalability
  • Visual computing (vision/graphics/gaming)
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Southeast Asian Studies MinorLanguages and Global Cultures

Traditional theatres, contemporary literature, a blend of Indian and Chinese cultural traditions, Southeast Asia is a complicated and fascinating area to study. Work with us to develop international knowledge in politics, cultural exchange and language abilities.

Faculty of Humanities
StatisticsBachelor degreeMinorHealth and Life SciencesPeople and Society

Statistics is the science of collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. You will learn how to design experiments and learn different ways of analyzing data. You will develop strong critical and analytical thinking skills, and the communication skills necessary to present your analyses. Our flexible program allows you to follow your passions in applied or theoretical statistics. 

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Teacher Education: Elementary CurriculumBachelor degreeEducation and Family

Think of three people in your life who have had the most influence on you personally. Who inspired you to think outside the box and challenge new ideas? Who motivated you to look out into the world for a deeper meaning? Chances are, at least one was a teacher. Learn how you can guide, inspire and make a positive impact.

This program is designed for students entering directly from high school and students transferring from other post-secondary institutions. If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, apply for a post-degree professional program in Elementary Curriculum or Secondary Curriculum.

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Teacher Education: Elementary Curriculum (Post-degree)Bachelor degreeEducation and Family

Thinking about next steps now that you've completed your degree? Do you enjoy working with children and challenging them with new ideas? We believe that teaching is one of the most important professions in the world. During the program, you will learn how you can guide, inspire and make a positive impact on children's lives.

This post-degree professional program (PDPP) is for degree holders who want to teach elementary or middle classes. After four terms and two practicum experiences you'll graduate with a Bachelor of Education degree and be eligible to apply for a BC teaching certificate.

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Teacher Education: Secondary Curriculum (Post-degree)Bachelor degreeDiplomaEducation and Family

Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of adolescents? We believe that teaching is one of the most important professions in the world. During the program, you will learn how you can motivate secondary school students to look into the world for deeper meaning, challenge new ideas and think outside the box.

This practicum-based post-degree professional program (PDPP) is for degree holders who want to teach at the secondary level. All students enter the diploma program and are eligible to apply for a BC teaching certificate. Once you have enrolled in the diploma program, you will have the option to transfer into the bachelor-degree program.

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Teaching French ImmersionCertificateEducation and FamilyLanguages and Global Cultures

This program gives you the methodological knowledge and French language fluency necessary to be a highly effective teacher in the French Immersion environment.

There are four courses in the program: one fluency course and three methodology courses. Two of the courses are offered on campus in summer session (July), and two are offered online in the fall and spring terms. You can start the program in January or in July: one of the summer courses is a prerequisite to the fall course. Please see the program schedule.

  • Elementary French Immersion Teacher
  • Middle School French Immersion Teacher
  • Secondary French Immersion Teacher
  • French Immersion Coordinator in a School District
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Technology and SocietyMinorEngineering, Math and TechnologyFine Arts and Digital MediaPeople and Society

Get involved with the political, social and theoretical thinking on the role and consequences of technological culture. This program offers a multi-faceted, customizable experience that allows you to apply critical skills to your other areas of study.

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TheatreBachelor degreeMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

We offer one of the most comprehensive and immersive theatre programs in Canada. You will have many hands-on opportunities to participate in our mainstage season—onstage and behind the scenes—while learning about the historical and contemporary importance of theatre. Our alumni succeed, and so will you!

  • Applied theatre
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Performance
  • Production and management
  • Self-directed
  • Theatre history
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Visual ArtsBachelor degreeMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Curious how to go from idea to art? Like working with your hands? By combining classroom learning and hands-on practice with collaborative, creative and critical thinking, you’ll become a well-rounded, flexible contemporary artist. Our emphasis on studio time and dedicated mentorship ensures you’ll have essential skills for today’s rapidly changing and increasingly visual world.

  • Drawing
  • Extended media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Video art
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Visual Arts & Computer ScienceBachelor degreeFine Arts and Digital Media

We offer instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, extended media and video art—and a unique combined degree in visual art and computer science. The skills learned in visual arts are highly transferable well beyond the artistic community. Gain the tools essential for today’s rapidly changing and increasingly visual world.

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WritingBachelor degreeMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Storytelling is the one of the most fundamental and ancient ways of making meaning of our world, and your ability to communicate is critical to success in life and work. You’ll discover the joy of crafting vivid language, images, characters and details into stories, poems, stage plays and films to inspire readers and audiences to feel and think deeply—and to change the world in the process.

  • Creative non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
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