Majors & Programs

St. Olaf will challenge you with the breadth and depth of a rigorous liberal arts education. Your General Education courses will ensure you develop a wide range of skills and the flexible habits of mind to meet 21st-century challenges: languages, quantitative reasoning, scientific literacy, creativity and collaboration, and the ability to communicate your knowledge effectively. Within your major, professors will expect you to master the discipline, demonstrate your knowledge, and see the connections between big ideas.

With more than 85 majors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs, a St. Olaf education can prepare you for almost anything. If you’re ambitious, you can design your own major through the Center for Integrative Studies, and use the Piper Center for Vocation and Career to develop internships, job shadowing, and other hands-on experiences that will connect your learning to real-world jobs and careers.

TOP TEN MAJORS

1. Biology 6. English
2. Mathematics 7. Music
3. Economics 8. Political Science
4. Psychology 9. Art and Art History
5. Chemistry 10. Sociology/Anthropology
85+
majors, concentrations, and pre-professional tracks.
12:1
student–faculty ratio
32%
of 472 graduating seniors in 2015 earned a double major.
9
overachievers, earned a triple major in 2015.

 

Majors

  • American Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Art History
  • Art (Studio)
  • Asian Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Norwegian
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Russian Area Studies
  • Social Studies Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Spanish
  • Theater
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Concentrations

  • Africa and the Americas
  • Asian Studies
  • Biomolecular Science
  • China Studies
  • Educational Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Film Studies
  • German Studies
  • Japan Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistic Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Media Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nordic Studies
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Statistics
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Bachelors of Music

  • Church Music
  • Elective Studies
  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Theory/Composition

Pre-Professional Tracks

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Business and Management
  • Computer Engineering, Software Engineering
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Studies
  • Information Technology and Information Systems
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performing Arts
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Policy
  • Teaching Certification
  • Theology and Seminary
  • Veterinary Medicine