UT has one of the leading accounting programs in the nation. The program emphasizes the conceptual and applied understanding of business information and prepares students for careers in accounting and business.
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The advertising program at UT is commonly regarded as being among the top five nationwide. In 1998, the university designated the advertising program as a “program of excellence,” and the Tennessee advertising faculty were ranked third nationwide among 249 universities for research productivity.
Aerospace Engineering uses the basic sciences and mathematics to develop the foundation for the design, development, production, testing, and applied research associated with aerospace vehicles. These vehicles include aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles.
Africana Studies is a multicultural, interdisciplinary, and transnational intellectual paradigm that anchors its scholarship on local, national, regional, and global levels.
American Studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary study of the American culture and society.
Anthropology (literally the study of humans) is an extremely broad and diverse field concerned with every aspect of the human condition: past present and future. An undergraduate majoring in anthropology at the University of Tennessee learns of this breadth and diversity by taking courses in cultural, biological and archaeological anthropology.
Architecture involves the study and transformation of the built environment, from the scale of furniture to the scale of the city. The goal of an architectural education is to develop a synthetic thought process of critical thinking and creative problem solving. Creative thinkers must address all aspects of the built environment in its cultural, social, and ethical context.
The School of Art offers a professional degree in studio art. Following one year of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary foundations program, BFA students choose a concentration in one of the following areas: 2D, 3D or 4D.
The School of Art offers a professional degree in studio art. Following one year of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary foundations program, BFA students choose a concentration in one of the following areas: 2D, 3D or 4D.
Art education is for individuals who decide to pursue art and teaching as a career. Art educators teach art in the public and private schools, museums, after school and summer programs and more.
Art History examines the history of works of art in the broadest possible context. Study involves the investigation of the world’s monuments and images from a variety of perspectives, ranging from physical investigations of the works of art themselves, to biographical inquiries into the lives of artists, to examinations of the social, political and historical contexts within which works of art are made.
The Asian Studies program provides an opportunity for the study of the modern and ancient Asian civilizations.
Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) is the study of the molecular nature of living organisms leading to an understanding of the biochemical control of life processes. This includes a wide range of topics from the structure and function of single molecules to the integrated molecular control of entire cells and organisms.
The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) concentration of the Biological Sciences major is designed for students interested in pursuing careers that require a better understanding of our natural world.
Microbiology is one of the fastest growing areas of science. It is the study of organisms so small that they must be viewed with a microscope.
Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and methods to the solution of problems in the life sciences. This broad field spans applications at the molecular level (genetic engineering); at the cellular level (e.g., cell and tissue engineering); and in intact organisms, including humans in particular.
Biosystems Engineering is the most “integrative” engineering discipline available today. It combines elements from biological, chemical, environmental, mechanical, civil, electrical, and other engineering disciplines to produce the broadest possible engineering skill set. This engineering background is complemented with a focus on biologically-based systems critical for solving problems involving energy, people, and the environment.
A degree in Biosystems Engineering is no longer just preparation for a career in engineering. Many professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and others) have realized that the rigors of an engineering curriculum prepare you for almost any challenge. The main emphasis of the Pre-Professional Concentration is to prepare you for acceptance to a professional program.
An important application of statistics is business analytics, which is the use of data analysis and modeling to help businesses achieve better performance.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering is engaged in the development, design, operation, and management of plants and processes for economical, safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, and specialty chemicals. It is a broadly based discipline with heavy emphasis on chemistry and mathematics, with supporting study in areas such as physics, materials science, and humanities.
Chemistry is the central science that deals with understanding the atomic and molecular basis of all forms of matter. The science uses observation of phenomena to better understand the constructive and destructive forces needed to modify matter.
Child and Family Studies (CFS) is the scientific study of child and family development. CFS students learn how social systems and societal institutions are interconnected in ways that either foster or hinder the development of children, youth, and families.
Civil and environmental engineering is about the basic infrastructure of society and community service, development and improvement– the planning, design, construction and operation of facilities essential to modern life and economic vitality.
Classics is the study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of Greek and Roman Antiquity from the beginnings in the Aegean Bronze Age through the fall of Rome. The Department of Classics offers major concentrations in Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization, and Classical Archaeology.
The College Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary honors program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our program exists solely for highly motivated and academically talented students who have clear goals for their undergraduate education, and who cannot reach those goals within the traditional requirements structure of the college.
Communication Studies involves the study of messages. We are concerned with how people interact in interpersonal, group, organizational, and public speaking contexts.
Computer Engineering deals with the electronic hardware side of electrical engineering and the programming side of computer science.
Computer Science is the systematic study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information: their theory, analysis, design, efficiency, implementation, and application. The fundamental question underlying all of computing is: What can efficiently be automated?
Economics studies scarcity (in particular, scarce resources versus many competing demands), and looks at the impact of this upon decision making. Economics coursework develops analytical abilities and a framework for thinking.
Economics is the study of how people choose to use resources. The economics major provides an opportunity to apply the theoretical and analytical rigor of basic managerial and macroeconomic tools to contemporary issues in economics and business.
Electrical Engineering deals with the application of the physical laws governing charged particles. From miniature integrated circuits that contain millions of microelectronic devices, to high-speed fiber-optic communication systems that span international boundaries, electrical engineering impacts every aspect of modern-day living. Electrical engineering is unique among the engineering disciplines because of its wide range of applications.
English majors can choose from four concentrations: Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, and Technical Communication. Because of the rich and extensive training they acquire in critical thinking, advanced reading and analysis, literary and cultural history, and oral and written communication, English majors enjoy a range of career options upon graduation.
The Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) Concentration emphasizes the skills needed to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production.
There is a movement afoot to transform agriculture into a much more sustainable enterprise, including the proliferation of organic farms. The Conservation Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences major is challenging, science-based and emphasizes an ecosystem approach to crop production and sustainability of our precious natural resources.
This BS degree in Environmental and Soil Sciences provides students with a strong grounding in basic sciences and technology, and the Construction Science concentration includes skills to prepare them for careers in the construction industry which is becoming increasing more technology driven.
Environmental scientists study land, soil, and water resources, and their role in natural and managed ecosystems, often working to remove the hazards that affect people, wildlife, and their environments. Understanding the issues involved in protecting the environment—degradation, conservation, recycling, climate change, and renewal energy—is central to the work of environmental scientists.
The Land Surveying Concentration emphasizes the skills needed to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production, soil science, and land surveying.
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be successful in off-road vehicle business (agriculture, recreation, construction, landscape, etc.), wildlife management, or employment with off-road vehicle equipment and material suppliers.
Soil Scientists are trained to understand and manage soil and other natural resources such as water, including soil and water conservation issues, land use concerns, best management practices for urban and rural lands, waste disposal, and reclamation of disturbed lands. The Soil Science Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences major is challenging, science-based and emphasizes soils and their long-term use, conservation, and productivity.
Finance is the study and practice of making decisions involving money in a variety of contexts. Through the finance major, students will gain an understanding of the principles of financial management, including investment and portfolio management, financial markets and institutions, and financial theory and practice.
French studies encompasses all aspects of French and francophone life and culture: history, literature, politics, art, film, theater; the past, present, and the future; relations between countries and cultures, business etiquette, business practices, etc.
Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.
The common thread of the two concentrations that make up the G&ES degree program is that they deal with the universe around us—how it impacts us, how we impact it, and what it tells us about ourselves.
A major in German combines thorough language training and the study of all aspects of German life and culture. German graduates are prepared either to go on to graduate training to become language professionals or to use their language skills and understanding of the cultures and literatures of the German-speaking countries in such other fields as business, engineering, architecture, law, and just about any area in the social sciences or humanities.
Global Studies is the UT interdisciplinary program that looks at the world as a whole. For the first time in history, the enormous international movement of goods, migration of people, spread of technologies, and mixing of cultures makes it meaningful to study the world as one interacting human community.
Graphic design is a creative process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas. The designer works with a variety of communication tools in order to convey a message from a client to a particular audience.
Hispanic studies encompasses all aspects of Hispanic life and culture: literature, language, culture, history, film, art. A major in Hispanic Studies, perhaps with a concentration in Language and World Business, can be an advantage in gaining employment in many fields: teaching, translation, interpreting, journalism, international business or law, foreign service, travel industry jobs, etc.
You may want to major in history if you like to puzzle over the questions “Why?” and “So what?” or if you like to explore the dynamic relationships among what people believe in, what they say, and what they do.
This major prepares you for work in entry-level management at a hotel, resort, restaurant, meeting and event planning company, convention center, or country club.
Human resource management requires attracting, developing, and maintaining an effective workforce within an organization. Human resource management professionals forecast human resource needs and recruit and select individuals to match job needs. They also develop training programs, performance appraisal procedures, and compensation systems.
Originally, the industrial engineering profession focused on manufacturing. Today’s industrial engineer is involved in the design of systems and processes to produce and deliver goods and services not only in manufacturing, but also in the service industries and government sectors of the economy.
Interior design involves the study and transformation of the environment at the human scale. Interior designers understand how the design of furnishings, function, and space can improve the quality of life.
The Italian major provides students with an overall view of Italian culture, economy, history, and society. The major is particularly appealing to students who love to learn and experience other cultures, speak other languages, travel, and wish to work for American companies doing business in or with Italy.
The exciting and dynamic area of mass communication attracts students who wish to become media professionals working for radio and television stations, newspapers, magazines, and web-based media outlets.
The major concentration in Judaic Studies offers a course of study that treats Judaism as a historically evolving and culturally specific enterprise. The concentration explores Jewish culture, religion and heritage through literature, philosophy, archaeology, music, and history.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and the associated responses and adaptations. Although kinesiology professionals often work in sports medicine facilities, the field of kinesiology is quite broad. Coursework in kinesiology prepares you for the job market or for further schooling in exercise science and/or health related fields such as physical therapy, medicine, and occupational therapy.
Language and World Business allows students to obtain a B.A. degree by completing a special major in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish with an emphasis in international business, international retail merchandising, or international agricultural economics.
Latin American Studies offers a broad sampling of courses from Anthropology, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Political Science, and Sociology which focus on the region’s diverse cultures, languages, and traditions.
Linguistics is the systematic study of language systems and how they work. It presupposes both an interest in language generally and a solid command of other languages, especially those greatly different from one’s own.
Logistics has the responsibility for the movement of raw materials and component parts into and within a business firm and for the distribution of finished products and services to customers. The internationally recognized logistics program at UT is currently regarded as one of the most comprehensive and contemporary programs in the nation.
Managers motivate and coordinate people in order to achieve organizational goals. Management involves the critical functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Professional managers think strategically and work with others to lead organizations or departments to successful outcomes.
Marketing in an organization has responsibility for identifying who customers are, what they need and want, and how best to meet those needs/wants by creating and delivering superior value to them. Marketing professionals use strategy tools to target customers, create value propositions and positioning for each target, and deliver and communicate value to these customers through product design, pricing, advertising, personal selling, promotion, and distribution.
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a discipline that is on the leading edge of technology through the development of new materials and the improvement of existing materials for applications in all engineering fields. It is at the forefront of modern technological advances and its graduates are in great demand.
A person who majors in mathematics is trained to solve problems by ignoring superfluous detail, looking for structure, and designing a logical method of attack that considers a wide range of possible outcomes and tries to eliminate preconceived notions. Because math majors are trained to think clearly and logically, as well as to quantify, they are sought by business, government and industry.
Mechanical engineering is the application of the laws of solid and fluid mechanics and the thermal sciences to the analysis, design and/or manufacturing of systems and products.
Medieval studies is the examination of the Middle Ages—the period between the great Classical civilizations and modern times—from the perspectives of several academic disciplines: history, literature, languages, art history, religious studies, music, archeology, political science, and philosophy.
The Bachelor of Arts in music is designed for those students who have a strong interest in music, but desire a comprehensive liberal studies program. The primary goals are the development of basic musicianship, the ability to perform literature well, and an introduction to a set of principles and terms that lead to a fuller intellectual grasp of the art. This major is especially ideal for students wishing to double major.
Students that major in sacred music are usually interested not only in music itself, but also in religion. The degree in Sacred Music will emphasize music skills as well as the skills, concepts and knowledge you will need as a church musician and includes courses in music performance, conducting and religious studies.
Music Education is the field of study associated with the teaching of music to students in kindergarten through high school.
As a performer, the professional musician will perform music alone or with a group, either small or large, of other musicians. The Bachelor of Music degree’s primary emphasis is on the development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician.
Music Theorists and Composers are practitioners who exhibit not only technical competence, but also a broad knowledge of music, literature, musical style, and an insight into the role of music in the life of humankind.
Nuclear Engineering is the engineering discipline that focuses on the application of sub-atomic processes for the benefit of mankind.
Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession. Nurses are the primary providers of hospital patient care, with three of five nurses working in the hospital setting. The demand for nurses is already great and is expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Good jobs and good salaries are almost guaranteed.
As a foundation for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition you will study basic sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology. You will also study psychology in order to better understand the factors that govern food choices and health behaviors, as well as management skills to help you deliver services effectively.
As an academic discipline, Philosophy addresses questions basic to the human experience. Employers of all sorts value highly the education and training philosophy majors acquire. Philosophy majors know how to think, and they know how to speak and write clearly, in both expository and argumentative modes.
Physics is the branch of science that describes matter, energy, space, and time at the most fundamental level. The physicist’s goal is to know the world as deeply as he or she can.
Political Science is the systematic study of politics and government. It is a broad and diverse discipline ranging from the study of political philosophy to the analysis of international terrorism. As a blend of the theoretical and the practical, Political Science provides a broad liberal arts background for professional careers in law, government service, foreign service, business, journalism, and education.
Psychology is the study human and animal behavior and is both a scientific discipline and a field of professional practice.
Public administration is a joint program sponsored by the Departments of Economics and Political Science. It is designed for students interested in government, namely in the formation of public policy and the practice of public sector management among many other areas of the interface between the public and private sectors.
Public relations involves effective management of an organization’s relationships with various publics, such as employees, community, investors, consumers/customers, the media, etc. Graduates in public relations are expected to contribute to the strategic decision-making and policy-making of organizations.
The sport management concentration is designed for students interested in working in the sports industry. The program combines sport management with a minor in business administration.
A concentration in therapeutic recreation prepares students for employment in management and leadership positions with agencies that deliver health care services and communities that offer therapeutic recreation services. Students will become proficient in using recreation experiences to treat patients with illnesses, disabilities, or social problems, and help them achieve an independent and satisfying lifestyle.
Religious studies is a field of study that investigates and analyzes the phenomenon of religion in both historical and contemporary contexts.
The major in Retail and Consumer Sciences provides students with a thorough knowledge of the retailing industry, complemented by business principles and theories related to providing goods and services to consumers. Students gain sufficient specialization and professional experience to be immediately productive in an entry-level management position in the ever changing, fast-paced world of retailing.
Russian Studies is not just for translators, diplomats and teachers. Russian can be especially useful for people pursuing careers in business, law enforcement, political analysis, nuclear waste and weapons management, geological exploration, work in international aid organizations, natural resource management, and computer science.
Social workers are professionals who work to empower individuals, assist at-risk populations, and affect social change. The profession’s fundamental mission addresses serving people who need assistance and making social institutions more responsive to human needs.
Sociology is the branch of the social sciences that uses systematic methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop and refine our knowledge about groups, organizations and societies, and their interactions with one another and the natural environment.
Communication Disorders is an undergraduate program that prepares students for graduate study in either Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate courses are pre-professional in scope and in combination with Audiology and Speech Pathology courses and general education courses provide an interesting and broad-based education.
Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (EDHH) is the field in which professionals work to provide education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
An educational interpreter facilitates communication between deaf students and non-signing members of the school community, including teachers and hearing classmates.
Special education is the field in which professionals work to provide education for children with disabilities. Special education teachers help students struggling in school to become as independent as possible.
Statistics is the science of learning from data and making wise decisions based on the analysis of that data.
Sustainability refers to the ability of a society to meet its needs without harming the quality of life for future generations. The actual practice of sustainability involves creating a society that reduces its impact on the natural environment and also creates a healthy economy and meets the social and emotional needs of its citizens. Although a very new field, sustainability is one of the most rapidly growing majors in the nation.
The theatre major at UT is a Bachelor of Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences. This means that it is a general theatre degree, requiring courses in all aspects of theatre: history, literature, performance, directing, design and technology.
The Women’s Studies program offers an education with outstanding scholars and artists across a wide range of disciplines within the humanities, law, health, and the social sciences. Women’s Studies courses help students to develop critical thinking about the economic, social, and legal factors influencing women’s roles in contemporary and historical societies and help students in evaluating those roles in the widest possible perspectives.