Outline of academic disciplines

Collage of images representing different academic disciplines

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

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 ]

Theology [ edit ]

Social Sciences [ edit ]

Anthropology [ edit ]

Economics [ edit ]

Geography [ edit ]

Political science [ edit ]

Psychology [ edit ]

Sociology [ edit ]

Social Work [ edit ]

Natural Sciences [ edit ]

Biology [ edit ]

Chemistry [ edit ]

Earth science [ edit ]

Space sciences [ edit ]

Physics [ edit ]

Formal Sciences [ edit ]

Computer Science [ edit ]

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Mathematics [ edit ]

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied Sciences [ edit ]

Business [ edit ]

Engineering and technology [ edit ]

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Medicine and health [ edit ]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

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

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