Majors and Minors

Your Future, Your Choice

Course Descriptions by Subject

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.

Academic Offerings Major Minor Pre-Professional
Accounting yes    
Anthropology yes yes  
Art History yes yes  
Studio Art yes yes  
Teaching Art yes    
Asian Studies   yes  
Biology yes yes  
Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Track yes    
Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology Track yes    
Business Administration yes    
Interdisciplinary Business   yes  
Chemistry yes yes  
Teaching Chemistry yes    
Biochemistry Track yes    
Classics yes yes  
Classical Studies   yes  
Computer Science yes yes  
Creative Writing   yes  
Digital Arts and Media   yes  
Economics yes yes  
Education   yes  
— Elementary: P-5 Cert. yes    
— Middle Grades 5-9 Cert. yes    
— P-12 Cert. for French and Spanish   yes  
— Secondary Certification (8-12)   yes  
— Secondary Certification in English   yes  
— Educational Studies yes yes  
English yes yes  
Environmental Studies   yes  
Exercise Science yes yes  
Foreign Languages      
French yes yes  
German yes yes  
Spanish yes yes  
History yes yes  
International Affairs yes yes  
Latin American and Caribbean Studies   yes  
Mathematics yes yes  
Music   yes  
Applied Music yes    
Music Education yes    
Music Technology yes    
Neuroscience yes    
Philosophy yes yes  
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) yes    
Physics yes yes  
Political Science yes yes  
Psychology yes yes  
Religion yes yes  
Sociology yes yes  
Sociology/Anthropology yes    
Theater yes yes  
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies   yes  
Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication yes yes  
Communication   yes  
Pre-Engineering     yes
Pre-Health     yes
Pre-Medical Studies     yes
Pre-Dental     yes
Pre-Public Health     yes
Pre-Pharmacy     yes
Pre-Physical Therapy     yes
Pre-Physician Assistant     yes
Pre-Veterinary Medicine     yes
Pre-Law     yes

Self-designed Majors

  • 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.

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.