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Majors and Programs

Majors and Programs

Your Future, Your Choice

Majors and Minors

Choose from 40 majors plus additional minors and preprofessional programs. Or work with an academic advisor and the dean to design a unique interdisciplinary major to fit your ambition. This is a personalized education.

In addition to traditional paths, Transylvania offers interdisciplinary majors, including international affairs and PPE (philosophy, politics and economics). You’ll also find interdisciplinary minors in environmental studies, multicultural studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies and women's studies.

Get a sense of our academic areas and the quality of our faculty. Browse our programs and explore a subject that interests you.

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  • Sarah Bray

    “It's important for scientists to be able to communicate with other scientists, but we must be able to communicate with the public and policymakers as well. The liberal arts training gives students those skills."
    – Sarah Bray, associate professor of biology, program director (Ph.D., University of Florida)

  • pre-health

    Some of our most popular majors are pre-health and preprofessional. Our students make the most of their liberal arts advantage.

  • Amelia Martin Adams

    Accounting major Amelia Martin Adams ’06 found her voice at Transylvania. It turned out to be an essential step in becoming the attorney she is today. She’s been named the executive director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Fund and has received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fayette County Bar Association and the Rising Star Award from the Lexington Young Professionals Association.

  • Kayarash Karimian

    Kayarash Karimian ’14 gives the bulk of credit for his undergraduate success to building relationships with his professors and becoming a strong writer and communicator.

    Karimian is now at Johns Hopkins University in the biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology graduate program.

  • Prya Murad

    “Only in a liberal arts environment like Transylvania’s can you get interdisciplinary training that will prepare you for the kind of law you want to do.”

    —Prya Murad ’11 represented Transy at Yale’s Bioethics Summer Institute and graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was a Corboy Fellow. She recently began her first job as an assistant public defender in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in West Palm Beach, Fla. 

  • Laungani

    Nashwin Laungani ’15 credits the Transy curriculum for making him a well-rounded candidate for dental school, bucking the traditional pre-dental preparation in favor of a practical, yet comprehensive education. He is the sixth Transylvanian to earn the fellowship in the 13 years since it was established.

Professional Preparation

Many of our students pursue careers in law, medicine, engineering or accounting. A degree from Transylvania helps to open doors. Academic rigor, leadership and community service opportunities combine with specific coursework and advising to prepare you for a variety of professions and to stand out in your applications to graduate programs.

Medicine or Other Health-related Careers

From dentistry to pharmacy to veterinary medicine, Transylvania prepares you for post-graduate studies. Faculty members who serve on the Pre-Health Advisory Committee guide students as they navigate their career options, course schedules, extracurricular activities and the application process for their chosen professional program. Students are exposed to a wide range of career possibilities and begin to understand the interdependence of the various fields.

Law

Nearly any major offered provides a rigorous course of study suitable for students interested in a law career. We also offer a May term course that will help prepare you for the LSAT.

Engineering

If your goal is to work in an engineering field, Transylvania offers two tracks to prepare for a career:

  1. In the 3-2 arrangement, students earn a B.A. in physics or liberal studies from Transylvania in three years and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Kentucky or Vanderbilt University in two years.
  2. If you prefer to stay on Transylvania's campus all four years, you can take up to six engineering courses at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as part of your undergraduate study and be fully prepared to enter a master's or doctoral engineering program—at the institution of your choice—upon graduation. With this plan, it's typical to complete a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years.
Accounting

Because of our innovative curriculum and the rigor of the program, our four-year accounting graduates can sit for the CPA exam without having to earn a graduate degree. Take part in professional internships with local accounting firms, businesses, horse farms and other organizations.

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“It is impossible to separate myself from my experiences at Transylvania. The things I have done there have shaped who I am. Transylvania has opened my eyes so much to new ideas, people, and cultures, but most importantly, to the possibilities that lie in the future for me.”—Rachel Williams ’12, a biology and French double major and music minor, now attends the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University

- Rachel Williams

How do I choose?

Transylvania challenges you by exposing you to new disciplines and perspectives. Don’t be surprised to discover entirely new interests that ultimately guide your choice of major. Throughout the process, Transylvania's professors and academic advisors guide you. Our Career Development Center helps you research professional and academic opportunities and provides guidance as you take your next steps toward life after Transy.

You’ll find that, whatever professional route you choose, a foundation in this liberal arts education will deeply enrich your life and career.

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