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Mathematical and Scientific Computation

The mathematical and scientific computation major is the ideal choice for students who are interested in the interplay between mathematical theory and modern computational tools for applications. Students will attain an advanced knowledge of computer science, specifically programming. Moreover, they will gain a solid foundation in mathematics that will enable them to model or analyze complicated systems or problems, such as earthquakes, economic models or biological systems. The major has two emphases.

Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research

Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research addresses a critical need in business for scientifically-trained analysts who can use mathematical models to interpret big data, analyze markets and forecast trends—this major is ideally suited to students with an interest in business or economics. Students will develop the skills to perform data analysis and develop reliable models for forecasting, decision-making and long-term planning in fields ranging from financing to entertainment and education.


Language, spoken and written, is one of the most important factors separating humans from other animals. It both unites and divides us culturally, ethnically, socially and personally. Linguists study the structure, variation and use of language among different cultural groups. Work in linguistics also draws on research in other disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, computer science, literature, neuroscience, education and others.


Japanese culture is dynamic, ever-changing and varied. From the world’s first novel to stunningly contemporary anime, the literature, drama, cinema, art and folklore of Japan play a significant role on the global stage.

Whether you are interested in prose or poetry, manga or monster movies, a major in Japanese introduces you to an exciting world of literature, culture and history.


From Michelangelo, DaVinci, Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante and Petrarch to Federico Fellini and Umberto Eco, Italian speakers and the Italian culture have shaped how we view ourselves and the world. A major in Italian explores the people, culture, linguistics, film and literature of Italy. You will study Italy's historical importance and its contemporary society. Most classes are small and provide individual attention from instructors. A knowledge of Italian also allows you to study abroad in a wide range of subjects and cities across Italy.

International Relations

In our fast-paced, increasingly interdependent world, the problems and policies of each nation have repercussions that are felt far beyond its borders. Whether the issue is climatic change caused by carbon dioxide emissions or the rights of workers in factories owned by transnational corporations, decision makers in government and industry must now consider how their actions will affect people and places around the globe.


What can we hope to understand by studying the past? What relevance could the lives of people in ancient Egypt, medieval China, even in such recent epochs as Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe or colonial India have to our modern world? Historians know that all modern culture and conflict can only be understood by turning to its historical roots. The events, people, triumphs and mistakes of the past are the key to understanding the forces and factions at work today.


The influence of German language and culture reaches far beyond the boundaries of Germany itself. Bach, Hegel, Goethe and Einstein are only a few of the prominent artists, musicians, philosophers and scientists to come from Germany. As a German major, you will explore the myriad aspects of the German-speaking world. The major is designed to cultivate deeper understanding of the society and institutions beyond the language. With Germany's influence within the European Union steadily growing, opportunities abound for internships and study abroad.


Geology is the study of the Earth, and in particular its history, structure, and the processes that have molded our planet and its biosphere. Geology involves the origin of continents and ocean basins, earthquakes and volcanoes, variations in global climate, and how these physical changes impact the evolution of life. All of these planetary processes are viewed through the prism of 'deep time', a perspective unique to geoscientists and one that distinguishes geology from most of the other physical sciences.