Outline of academic disciplines

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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.

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.

Humanities[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

History[edit]

Languages and literature[edit]

Law[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Religious Studies[edit]

Theology[edit]

Social science[edit]

Anthropology[edit]

Archaeology[edit]

Economics[edit]

Geography[edit]

Political science[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Social work[edit]

Natural science[edit]

Biology[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Earth science[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

Physics[edit]

Formal science[edit]

Computer science[edit]

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Mathematics[edit]

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied science[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Architecture and design[edit]

Business[edit]

Divinity[edit]

Education[edit]

Engineering and technology[edit]

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Environmental studies and forestry[edit]

Family and consumer science[edit]

Human physical performance and recreation[edit]

Journalism, media studies and communication[edit]

Law[edit]

Library and museum studies[edit]

Medicine and health[edit]

Military sciences[edit]

Public administration[edit]

Public policy[edit]

Social work[edit]

Transportation[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Khaled Nabil, Al-Momani (25 August 2020). "Characteristics of Design as an Academic and Creative Discipline". Kne Social Sciences. Ural Federal University: 294–298. doi:10.18502/kss.v4i11.7560. S2CID 221710217. Archived from the original on 26 August 2022.
  2. ^ Bravo, Rafael Ángel (4 March 2016). "Vigencia de la Bauhaus en la formación académica de los diseñadores gráficos" [Currency of the Bauhaus in the academic training of graphic designers] (in Spanish). Francisco José de Caldas District University. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Graphic Design". College of the Sequoias. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2022.

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