St. Olaf CollegeAcademic CatalogSt. Olaf College

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Academic Life
» A St. Olaf Education
» The 4-1-4 Calendar
» Academic Resources
» Majors and More
» Grad. Requirements
» Academic Advising
» Successful Study
» Campus Facilities

Academic Regulations
International and Off-Campus Studies
Special Programs
Admissions and Financial Aid
Life Outside the Classroom
Facts and Figures
College Calendar

Changes that have occurred in St. Olaf academic policy and curriculum since the publication in 2002 of the St. Olaf Catalog for 2002–04 are indicated in red and red strikethrough type.

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Majors and More

The General Education provisions of St. Olaf's liberal arts curriculum are designed to encourage in students a breadth of knowledge. The requirement that a student complete a major in order to graduate fosters the development of knowledge in depth.

Students at St. Olaf have nearly 40 Bachelor of Arts graduation majors from which to select, as well as a number of teaching majors and teaching certification programs. While a student needs one major for graduation, some students opt to pursue two majors and others add an area of emphasis (a program of three or more related courses within or beyond the basic major) or a concentration (an approved program of four or more courses that cuts across departmental boundaries). Students may also propose an individual major for approval by a faculty committee. Students interested in a professional music degree can pursue one of the four different majors available within a Bachelor of Music degree.

Majors (with areas of emphasis) and concentrations are officially listed on the student's permanent record. Students interested in a department teaching major or teaching certification must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Bachelor of Arts Graduation Majors

  • American Racial and Multicultural Studies
  • American Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
  • Latin Mathematics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Norwegian
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Russian Area Studies
  • Social Studies Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Women's Studies
For information on individual majors, see the Integrative Studies (Center for) in this catalog.

Bachelor of Arts Teaching Certifications

  • Communication Arts and Literature: English
  • Dance and Theater: Dance, Theatre
  • Mathematics
  • Music: Vocal; Instrumental, Classroom
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages: French, German, Latin, Spanish

Areas of Emphasis

An area of emphasis consists of three or more related courses within or beyond the basic major. Areas of emphasis at St. Olaf are:

  • Economics: Finance, Management, Policy Analysis, International Economic Analysis
  • Interdisciplinary Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance
  • Music: History-Literature, Theory-Composition

Bachelor of Arts Concentrations

A concentration is an approved interdisciplinary program consisting of a minimum of four courses. Concentrations are listed below:

  • Africa and the Americas
  • American Racial and Multicultural Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Biomedical Studies
  • China Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Financial Management
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Japan Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Latin America/Latino Studies
  • Management
  • Media Studies
  • The Middle East
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nordic Studies
  • Statistics
  • Women's Studies

Bachelor of Music Graduation Majors

  • Church Music
  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Theory-Composition