Majors & Programs

Are you up for the challenge?

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.

85+

majors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs

12:1

student to faculty ratio

#2

ranking for quality of teaching among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, 2014

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

TOP 10 MAJORS

1. Biology

2. Economics

3. Psychology

4. Mathematics

5. Music

6. Political Science

7. English

8. Chemistry

9. Environmental Studies

10. Art and Art History

Full list of majors and programs

CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE

We don’t have graduate students or teaching assistants. Our professors will push you hard
in class, but they’ll also be the mentors who challenge you to think about where your learning will lead. Because they will know you well, their reference letters and recommendations can open doors as they follow your life and career long after they’ve given you your last grade.

Student learning goals