Majors-and-Minors

All Majors and Minors

Liberal Arts Core

In keeping with the mission of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Liberal Arts Core captures the development of human capabilities, disciplinary knowledge, the application of knowledge to new settings, and creative solutions to increasingly complex problems. As an indication of our commitment to working together and to crossing disciplinary borders, the Liberal Arts Core conveys the sort of shared guidance possible when disciplines collaborate for the mutual benefit of students and faculty and the fulfillment of the university's mission. Such collaboration lies at the heart of the matter for a public liberal arts institution that "emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience" (UNC Asheville Mission Statement).

As students acquire critical thinking skills, inquire from a range of perspectives, hone effective communication and diverse forms of expression, and engage the local and global spheres, they become lifelong learners, ethical thinkers and practitioners of sustainability, and invaluable society members whose transformative education enables them to flourish, responding to the world that lies before them and acting as responsible citizens and leaders.

Courses approved by the faculty to satisfy the specific requirements of the Liberal Arts Core may be found below. The course credit hours listed below for each requirement are stated as the minimum credit hours required. Descriptions of these individual requirements may be found in the academic catalog.

Learn more about the Liberal Arts Core

Liberal Arts Core

In keeping with the mission of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Liberal Arts Core captures the development of human capabilities, disciplinary knowledge, the application of knowledge to new settings, and creative solutions to increasingly complex problems. As an indication of our commitment to working together and to crossing disciplinary borders, the Liberal Arts Core conveys the sort of shared guidance possible when disciplines collaborate for the mutual benefit of students and faculty and the fulfillment of the university's mission. Such collaboration lies at the heart of the matter for a public liberal arts institution that "emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience" (UNC Asheville Mission Statement).

As students acquire critical thinking skills, inquire from a range of perspectives, hone effective communication and diverse forms of expression, and engage the local and global spheres, they become lifelong learners, ethical thinkers and practitioners of sustainability, and invaluable society members whose transformative education enables them to flourish, responding to the world that lies before them and acting as responsible citizens and leaders.

Courses approved by the faculty to satisfy the specific requirements of the Liberal Arts Core may be found below. The course credit hours listed below for each requirement are stated as the minimum credit hours required. Descriptions of these individual requirements may be found in the academic catalog.

Learn more about the Liberal Arts Core

Humanities

The Humanities Program has stood at the center of UNC Asheville’s institutional mission to promote liberal learning and personal growth for over 35 years. UNC Asheville’s Humanities Program provides every undergraduate with a common academic experience from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Thus, students undertake concentrated study of the history of ideas in a global context while simultaneously developing an understanding of the connections among disciplines. The Program’s four courses establish a strong historical and cultural context within which students can refine and articulate their own values in a critical and informed manner.

The Humanities Program aims to help develop world citizens of broad perspective who think critically and creatively, who communicate effectively, and who make educated and ethical decisions. Toward this end the curriculum provides a course of study that encompasses past and present ideas and events concerning the individual, community, nature, and the divine, as well as the relationships among them.

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Humanities

The Humanities Program has stood at the center of UNC Asheville’s institutional mission to promote liberal learning and personal growth for over 35 years. UNC Asheville’s Humanities Program provides every undergraduate with a common academic experience from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Thus, students undertake concentrated study of the history of ideas in a global context while simultaneously developing an understanding of the connections among disciplines. The Program’s four courses establish a strong historical and cultural context within which students can refine and articulate their own values in a critical and informed manner.

The Humanities Program aims to help develop world citizens of broad perspective who think critically and creatively, who communicate effectively, and who make educated and ethical decisions. Toward this end the curriculum provides a course of study that encompasses past and present ideas and events concerning the individual, community, nature, and the divine, as well as the relationships among them.

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Arts & Ideas

The Arts & Ideas Program, as an integral component of the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum, provides students with an intellectual engagement with the arts while also fostering opportunities for creative and aesthetic interactions. LAC Arts courses examine the significance of the arts in the human experience, the cultural framework of creative composition and performance, the foundations of aesthetic values, and the communicative function of the arts.

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Arts & Ideas

The Arts & Ideas Program, as an integral component of the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum, provides students with an intellectual engagement with the arts while also fostering opportunities for creative and aesthetic interactions. LAC Arts courses examine the significance of the arts in the human experience, the cultural framework of creative composition and performance, the foundations of aesthetic values, and the communicative function of the arts.

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Art

Majors:

Art (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General Art
  • Art with Teacher Licensure

Art (B.F.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General Art
  • Art with Teacher Licensure

Art History (B.A.)

Minors:

  • Art History
  • Studio Art

The Department of Art and Art History is comprised of six areas of studio concentration: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture as well as art history; four degrees are offered--BFA (studio), BA (studio), BA with teacher licensure (studio), and BA in Art History; minor in studio art or art history is also available. With a fourteen-member faculty of acclaimed artists and scholars and a location in the thriving arts scene of Asheville, our program has become a destination point for students who seek rigorous training in the fine arts within the liberal arts tradition of a small university. A strong emphasis on foundation core (two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and drawing) and art history is followed by upper level course work that nurtures independent learning. During the senior year capstone courses, each student produces a major body of work in the form of a solo exhibition (BFA studio), group exhibition and portfolio (BA studio), or a thesis paper (BA art history). This demanding requirement serves as strong preparation for postgraduate work and, more importantly, as the basis for lifelong learning in the arts. The Department of Art and Art History invites emerging artists and scholars to visit us and consider joining our vibrant community.

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Art

Majors:

Art (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General Art
  • Art with Teacher Licensure

Art (B.F.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General Art
  • Art with Teacher Licensure

Art History (B.A.)

Minors:

  • Art History
  • Studio Art

The Department of Art and Art History is comprised of six areas of studio concentration: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture as well as art history; four degrees are offered--BFA (studio), BA (studio), BA with teacher licensure (studio), and BA in Art History; minor in studio art or art history is also available. With a fourteen-member faculty of acclaimed artists and scholars and a location in the thriving arts scene of Asheville, our program has become a destination point for students who seek rigorous training in the fine arts within the liberal arts tradition of a small university. A strong emphasis on foundation core (two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and drawing) and art history is followed by upper level course work that nurtures independent learning. During the senior year capstone courses, each student produces a major body of work in the form of a solo exhibition (BFA studio), group exhibition and portfolio (BA studio), or a thesis paper (BA art history). This demanding requirement serves as strong preparation for postgraduate work and, more importantly, as the basis for lifelong learning in the arts. The Department of Art and Art History invites emerging artists and scholars to visit us and consider joining our vibrant community.

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Atmospheric Sciences

Major

Atmospheric Sciences (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Weather Forecasting

Minor

  • Atmospheric Sciences

The atmospheric sciences department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in two concentrations that prepare students for employment upon graduation or for further studies at the graduate level. Both concentrations fulfill federal civil service requirements for employment as a meteorologist. A climatology concentration provides a strong preparation for graduate work with a specialization in climatology and mathematics. The National Climatic Data Center, located in Asheville, represents a unique resource for students. In the weather forecasting concentration, students learn the basics of weather analysis and forecasting and how to communicate meteorological information to the public. Students are encouraged to focus their career objectives through enrollment in cooperative education and internship courses.

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Atmospheric Sciences

Major

Atmospheric Sciences (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Weather Forecasting

Minor

  • Atmospheric Sciences

The atmospheric sciences department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in two concentrations that prepare students for employment upon graduation or for further studies at the graduate level. Both concentrations fulfill federal civil service requirements for employment as a meteorologist. A climatology concentration provides a strong preparation for graduate work with a specialization in climatology and mathematics. The National Climatic Data Center, located in Asheville, represents a unique resource for students. In the weather forecasting concentration, students learn the basics of weather analysis and forecasting and how to communicate meteorological information to the public. Students are encouraged to focus their career objectives through enrollment in cooperative education and internship courses.

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Biology

Major

Biology (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • General Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Biology

The Biology Department is housed in a modern science facility, the Zeis Science and Multimedia Building, an 86,000 square-foot facility that provides state-of-the art teaching and research labs for students.

The biology faculty includes specialists in the fields of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, herpetology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, human anatomy and physiology, animal and plant physiology, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and genetics. You will find that we work closely together, and are always available to assist you. One advantage of a small department such as ours is the opportunity for individual attention; you will get to know and work with each of your professors. Although we represent diverse specialties, we each work toward a common goal of quality education for our students. 

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Biology

Major

Biology (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • General Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Biology

The Biology Department is housed in a modern science facility, the Zeis Science and Multimedia Building, an 86,000 square-foot facility that provides state-of-the art teaching and research labs for students.

The biology faculty includes specialists in the fields of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, herpetology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, human anatomy and physiology, animal and plant physiology, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and genetics. You will find that we work closely together, and are always available to assist you. One advantage of a small department such as ours is the opportunity for individual attention; you will get to know and work with each of your professors. Although we represent diverse specialties, we each work toward a common goal of quality education for our students. 

Visit the Biology Department Website

Chemistry

Majors

Chemistry (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry with Teacher Licensure

Chemistry (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Chemistry of the Environment
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Chemistry

Degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry prepare students for advanced studies in chemistry and related disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary science, and careers as chemists in government, industry, and teaching. The curricula developed by the Department of Chemistry reflect the standards set by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which are accepted by virtually all chemistry departments at competitive colleges and universities across the country.

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Chemistry

Majors

Chemistry (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry with Teacher Licensure

Chemistry (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Chemistry of the Environment
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Chemistry

Degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry prepare students for advanced studies in chemistry and related disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary science, and careers as chemists in government, industry, and teaching. The curricula developed by the Department of Chemistry reflect the standards set by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which are accepted by virtually all chemistry departments at competitive colleges and universities across the country.

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Classics

Major

Classics (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • Classical Studies
  • Greek
  • Greek and Latin
  • Latin
  • Classics with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Classics

Interest in Classics is currently enjoying a renaissance, thanks in part to modern fictional characters such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, whose creators were inspired by the classical past.

Behind this literary phenomenon are compelling academic reasons to study Classics. Students in the Classics department can learn how to read Classical and Medieval Latin, Classical and koine (New Testament) Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. They study the civilizations that were foundational for the Western world in literature from Homer to Boethius, law, medicine, architecture, science, history, religion, theater, the fine arts, and much more. The interdisciplinarity inherent in the study of the Classical world enables students to gain a broad base of knowledge and critical thinking skills, which are excellent preparation for the current labor market as well as for lifetime learning.

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Classics

Major

Classics (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • Classical Studies
  • Greek
  • Greek and Latin
  • Latin
  • Classics with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Classics

Interest in Classics is currently enjoying a renaissance, thanks in part to modern fictional characters such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, whose creators were inspired by the classical past.

Behind this literary phenomenon are compelling academic reasons to study Classics. Students in the Classics department can learn how to read Classical and Medieval Latin, Classical and koine (New Testament) Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. They study the civilizations that were foundational for the Western world in literature from Homer to Boethius, law, medicine, architecture, science, history, religion, theater, the fine arts, and much more. The interdisciplinarity inherent in the study of the Classical world enables students to gain a broad base of knowledge and critical thinking skills, which are excellent preparation for the current labor market as well as for lifetime learning.

Visit the Classics Department Website

Computer Science

Major

Computer Science (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems

Minor

  • Computer Science

Our expanding department places a high priority on quality undergraduate research, teaching, and service learning. This is an exciting time for computer scientists as the discipline has essential applications in practically all other disciplines. During their course of study, students will learn the fundamental principles of computer science and experience the creativity inherent in the field. Our graduates are well prepared for careers in industry or for graduate school.

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Computer Science

Major

Computer Science (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems

Minor

  • Computer Science

Our expanding department places a high priority on quality undergraduate research, teaching, and service learning. This is an exciting time for computer scientists as the discipline has essential applications in practically all other disciplines. During their course of study, students will learn the fundamental principles of computer science and experience the creativity inherent in the field. Our graduates are well prepared for careers in industry or for graduate school.

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Dance

Minor

  • Dance

Dance holds an important place in a liberal arts education, as it is a performing art that encompasses creation, performance and critical analysis. The dance minor at UNC Asheville prepares students to have a developed knowledge of their bodies as dancers, to be collegiate dance-makers who are connected to a question-based approach to research in movement and writing. Importantly the dance minor helps students articulate their voices in the world through a burgeoning dialogue between dance movement practices, engaged scholarship and creative processes.

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Dance

Minor

  • Dance

Dance holds an important place in a liberal arts education, as it is a performing art that encompasses creation, performance and critical analysis. The dance minor at UNC Asheville prepares students to have a developed knowledge of their bodies as dancers, to be collegiate dance-makers who are connected to a question-based approach to research in movement and writing. Importantly the dance minor helps students articulate their voices in the world through a burgeoning dialogue between dance movement practices, engaged scholarship and creative processes.

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Drama

Major

Drama (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Theatre Arts with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Drama

The Department of Drama at UNC Asheville supports a holistic theatre education with the goal of producing creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative theatre artists who understand their responsibilities to their community, their art, and their personal growth. All students share a common core of classes that help establish critical thinking skills with a sense of aesthetics. These learned skills are then applied in our laboratory, the mainstage productions. The mainstage shows have auditions that are open to the entire UNC Asheville community and we invite all in the Asheville area to attend.

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Drama

Major

Drama (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Theatre Arts with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • Drama

The Department of Drama at UNC Asheville supports a holistic theatre education with the goal of producing creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative theatre artists who understand their responsibilities to their community, their art, and their personal growth. All students share a common core of classes that help establish critical thinking skills with a sense of aesthetics. These learned skills are then applied in our laboratory, the mainstage productions. The mainstage shows have auditions that are open to the entire UNC Asheville community and we invite all in the Asheville area to attend.

Visit the Drama Department Website

Education

Through the UNC Asheville teacher licensure program you will have the opportunity to pursue the subject you love while attaining a license to teach it! In four years you can graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in a specific subject and a teaching license, making you marketable in two areas.

With a liberal arts foundation, UNC Asheville graduates are teachers who have broad perspective; who think critically, reflectively and creatively; who are humane and committed to meeting the learning needs of all students; and who guide students using active inquiry to become effective and productive citizens in the 21st century.

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Education

Through the UNC Asheville teacher licensure program you will have the opportunity to pursue the subject you love while attaining a license to teach it! In four years you can graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in a specific subject and a teaching license, making you marketable in two areas.

With a liberal arts foundation, UNC Asheville graduates are teachers who have broad perspective; who think critically, reflectively and creatively; who are humane and committed to meeting the learning needs of all students; and who guide students using active inquiry to become effective and productive citizens in the 21st century.

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Engineering

Majors 

Engineering (Joint with NCSU)

Concentrations

  • Mechatronics

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (JEM) Degree - Mechatronics Concentration: This degree is issued jointly by UNC Asheville and NC State. Mechatronics students do their coursework and lab work on the UNC Asheville campus for the entire course of study. The exciting mechatronics curriculum combines the engineering expertise of NC State delivered via distance learning, work on hands-on projects under the guidance of expert engineers at UNC Asheville, and our university's multidisciplinary liberal arts environment and curriculum.

The Two-Plus-Two Program (2+2): Students begin at UNC Asheville and transfer to NC State University after two years to complete a B.S. Engineering degree in one of the 14 fields.

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Engineering

Majors 

Engineering (Joint with NCSU)

Concentrations

  • Mechatronics

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (JEM) Degree - Mechatronics Concentration: This degree is issued jointly by UNC Asheville and NC State. Mechatronics students do their coursework and lab work on the UNC Asheville campus for the entire course of study. The exciting mechatronics curriculum combines the engineering expertise of NC State delivered via distance learning, work on hands-on projects under the guidance of expert engineers at UNC Asheville, and our university's multidisciplinary liberal arts environment and curriculum.

The Two-Plus-Two Program (2+2): Students begin at UNC Asheville and transfer to NC State University after two years to complete a B.S. Engineering degree in one of the 14 fields.

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English

Majors

Literature (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing with Teacher Licensure
  • Literature with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing

The UNC Asheville English Department offers students a rich opportunity to study British, American, and world literature in translation. It concentrates on the direct experience of fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as on placing authors and their works within a literary history and cultural context. Literature courses incorporate extensive participation in class discussion, group inquiry, and individual research. A sequence of core courses offers broad coverage of the field of literature and provides a solid foundation for majors who plan to continue the study of literature in graduate school. The study of literature also prepares students well for law, medicine, business, and other graduate programs. Within the department majors may choose to specialize in Literature, in Creative Writing, or in preparation for a career as an English teacher.

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English

Majors

Literature (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing with Teacher Licensure
  • Literature with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing

The UNC Asheville English Department offers students a rich opportunity to study British, American, and world literature in translation. It concentrates on the direct experience of fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as on placing authors and their works within a literary history and cultural context. Literature courses incorporate extensive participation in class discussion, group inquiry, and individual research. A sequence of core courses offers broad coverage of the field of literature and provides a solid foundation for majors who plan to continue the study of literature in graduate school. The study of literature also prepares students well for law, medicine, business, and other graduate programs. Within the department majors may choose to specialize in Literature, in Creative Writing, or in preparation for a career as an English teacher.

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Environmental Studies

Major

Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Earth Science
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Earth Science with 9-12 Teacher Licensure
  • Individualized

Minor

  • Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program at UNC Asheville prepares students for graduate studies and for employment in government, education, industry, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum addresses environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. The department offers students the opportunity to pursue one of three concentrations: earth science; ecology and environmental biology; and environmental management and policy. Individualized options can be developed for students interested in other areas of environmental studies. Integral to all degree concentrations is an on-the-job internship, which allows students to make connections between academic study and work for organizations involved with environmental issues.

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Environmental Studies

Major

Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Earth Science
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Earth Science with 9-12 Teacher Licensure
  • Individualized

Minor

  • Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program at UNC Asheville prepares students for graduate studies and for employment in government, education, industry, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum addresses environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. The department offers students the opportunity to pursue one of three concentrations: earth science; ecology and environmental biology; and environmental management and policy. Individualized options can be developed for students interested in other areas of environmental studies. Integral to all degree concentrations is an on-the-job internship, which allows students to make connections between academic study and work for organizations involved with environmental issues.

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History

Major

History (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General
  • History with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • History

History is a crucial area for North Carolina's designated public liberal arts university, UNC Asheville, and the History Department has nine talented, experienced faculty members with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and interests. Students have the opportunity to learn history research techniques, sharpen their writing skills and apply them to the study of Appalachian history, African-American history, American history, the history of cultures and societies around the world, the history of ideas and more. The accent is on collaborative and creative work, public presentations and publication of student writing.

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History

Major

History (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General
  • History with Teacher Licensure

Minor

  • History

History is a crucial area for North Carolina's designated public liberal arts university, UNC Asheville, and the History Department has nine talented, experienced faculty members with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and interests. Students have the opportunity to learn history research techniques, sharpen their writing skills and apply them to the study of Appalachian history, African-American history, American history, the history of cultures and societies around the world, the history of ideas and more. The accent is on collaborative and creative work, public presentations and publication of student writing.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • Ethics and Social Institutions
  • International Studies
  • Individualized Degree

Minors

  • Africana Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • International Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Legal Studies
  • Latin American and Transatlantic Studies
  • U.S. Ethnic Studies

Through UNC Asheville’s interdisciplinary concentrations, students are able to pursue interesting and challenging areas of study that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. These concentrations formally recognize the importance of incorporating different disciplinary and intellectual approaches and perspectives in understanding and explaining the challenging questions, issues, and phenomena confronting us today in our globalized world.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • Ethics and Social Institutions
  • International Studies
  • Individualized Degree

Minors

  • Africana Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • International Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Legal Studies
  • Latin American and Transatlantic Studies
  • U.S. Ethnic Studies

Through UNC Asheville’s interdisciplinary concentrations, students are able to pursue interesting and challenging areas of study that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. These concentrations formally recognize the importance of incorporating different disciplinary and intellectual approaches and perspectives in understanding and explaining the challenging questions, issues, and phenomena confronting us today in our globalized world.

Visit the Interdisciplinary Studies Department Website

Mathematics

Major

Mathematics (B.A)

Concentrations

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • Mathematics

Mathematics is fundamental to many disciplines and is an important part of a liberal arts education. It is highly respected for developing skills which are increasingly vital to modern professions; skills such as analytical thinking, data analysis, mathematical modeling, pattern recognition, and problem solving. We offer four concentrations: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, teaching of mathematics, and statistics.

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Mathematics

Major

Mathematics (B.A)

Concentrations

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • Mathematics

Mathematics is fundamental to many disciplines and is an important part of a liberal arts education. It is highly respected for developing skills which are increasingly vital to modern professions; skills such as analytical thinking, data analysis, mathematical modeling, pattern recognition, and problem solving. We offer four concentrations: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, teaching of mathematics, and statistics.

Visit the Mathematics Department Website

Modern Languages & Literatures

Majors

French (B.A.) 

Concentrations

  • General
  • French with Teacher Licensure

German (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • German with Teacher Licensure

Spanish (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Spanish with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures offers major and minor concentrations in French, German and Spanish, and classes in Portugese. Course work and extracurricular activities in the department are designed to provide the student with a solid command of a foreign language, as well as a thorough understanding of the literature and culture expressed through that language.

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Modern Languages & Literatures

Majors

French (B.A.) 

Concentrations

  • General
  • French with Teacher Licensure

German (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • German with Teacher Licensure

Spanish (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General
  • Spanish with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures offers major and minor concentrations in French, German and Spanish, and classes in Portugese. Course work and extracurricular activities in the department are designed to provide the student with a solid command of a foreign language, as well as a thorough understanding of the literature and culture expressed through that language.

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Music

Majors

Jazz and Contemporary Music (B.F.A.)

Concentrations

  • General

Music (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General

Music Technology (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • General

Minor

  • Music

When UNC Asheville music majors enter the lower level of Lipinsky Hall, they are stepping into a place where the classical coexists with the contemporary. They are following in the footsteps of alumni who have landed dream jobs in the music industry. And they are studying in cutting-edge classrooms at the only university where music pioneer Bob Moog - inventor of the Moog Synthesizer - ever taught. 

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Music

Majors

Jazz and Contemporary Music (B.F.A.)

Concentrations

  • General

Music (B.A.)

Concentrations

  • General

Music Technology (B.S.)

Concentrations

  • General

Minor

  • Music

When UNC Asheville music majors enter the lower level of Lipinsky Hall, they are stepping into a place where the classical coexists with the contemporary. They are following in the footsteps of alumni who have landed dream jobs in the music industry. And they are studying in cutting-edge classrooms at the only university where music pioneer Bob Moog - inventor of the Moog Synthesizer - ever taught. 

Visit the Music Department Website

New Media

Major

  • New Media (B.A.)

Concentration

  • General

Minor

  • New Media

The New Media Program at UNC Asheville offers undergraduate-level study that leads to a BA degree. Student and faculty work includes 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, video, interactive art and design, web-based platforms, sonic art, performance art, installations, robotic, client-driven design and digital prints. Through studying theory and hands-on practice, students learn to explore and articulate new technological forms of art, design, and communication.

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New Media

Major

  • New Media (B.A.)

Concentration

  • General

Minor

  • New Media

The New Media Program at UNC Asheville offers undergraduate-level study that leads to a BA degree. Student and faculty work includes 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, video, interactive art and design, web-based platforms, sonic art, performance art, installations, robotic, client-driven design and digital prints. Through studying theory and hands-on practice, students learn to explore and articulate new technological forms of art, design, and communication.

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Philosophy

Major

Philosophy (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General

Minor

  • Philosophy

People are always asking philosophical questions, but are unaware of it. "What should I be doing with my life?" "What is the ethical thing to do in this situation?" "Is it reasonable to believe in God?" "Do computers really think?" "What is the proper role of government in family life?"

The study of philosophy will help you to formulate questions like these clearly, examine assumptions logically, propose reasoned answers and defend your position coherently. These are valuable skills in any walk of life. You will learn about and critique what some of the greatest minds in the past have said about such questions, and you will come to realize that philosophy is the broadest and most comprehensive of all the fields of study. Majoring in philosophy is one of the best ways to learn essential critical thinking skills, flexibility in thought and the ability to analyze, understand and master the complex reasoning skills necessary in the 21st century.

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Philosophy

Major

Philosophy (B.A.)

Concentrations:

  • General

Minor

  • Philosophy

People are always asking philosophical questions, but are unaware of it. "What should I be doing with my life?" "What is the ethical thing to do in this situation?" "Is it reasonable to believe in God?" "Do computers really think?" "What is the proper role of government in family life?"

The study of philosophy will help you to formulate questions like these clearly, examine assumptions logically, propose reasoned answers and defend your position coherently. These are valuable skills in any walk of life. You will learn about and critique what some of the greatest minds in the past have said about such questions, and you will come to realize that philosophy is the broadest and most comprehensive of all the fields of study. Majoring in philosophy is one of the best ways to learn essential critical thinking skills, flexibility in thought and the ability to analyze, understand and master the complex reasoning skills necessary in the 21st century.

Visit the Philosophy Department Website

Physics

Major

Physics (B.S.)

Concentrations:

  • Applied Physics
  • Physics with Comprehensive Science Licensure
  • Preparation for Graduate School
  • Physics with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • Physics
  • Astronomy

Physics is the most fundamental of the natural sciences. It addresses basic questions involving the structure of matter and the underlying physical laws governing their interactions and motion.

Physics is based on the interplay between theory and experiment. A theory must describe what is observed. If it does not, the theory must be discarded, altered, or enlarged. Measurement is extremely important along with understanding experimental uncertainties.

Physics serves as an excellent discipline for training you to think critically. Models, crafted with artistry, are used to describe reality. You need to determine the uncertainties in measurement, the appropriateness of a specific equation, the approximations involved, and various alternative approaches to solution.

A background in physics serves as a broad base of education. You acquire a significant amount of mathematics, chemistry, computer science, astronomy, and fundamental engineering.

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Physics

Major

Physics (B.S.)

Concentrations:

  • Applied Physics
  • Physics with Comprehensive Science Licensure
  • Preparation for Graduate School
  • Physics with Teacher Licensure

Minors

  • Physics
  • Astronomy

Physics is the most fundamental of the natural sciences. It addresses basic questions involving the structure of matter and the underlying physical laws governing their interactions and motion.

Physics is based on the interplay between theory and experiment. A theory must describe what is observed. If it does not, the theory must be discarded, altered, or enlarged. Measurement is extremely important along with understanding experimental uncertainties.

Physics serves as an excellent discipline for training you to think critically. Models, crafted with artistry, are used to describe reality. You need to determine the uncertainties in measurement, the appropriateness of a specific equation, the approximations involved, and various alternative approaches to solution.

A background in physics serves as a broad base of education. You acquire a significant amount of mathematics, chemistry, computer science, astronomy, and fundamental engineering.

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Religious Studies

Major

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Concentration:

  • General

Minor

  • Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies seeks to engage students in the study of religion as an academic discipline within the broader tradition of the liberal arts. As a field of humanistic inquiry, the study of religion at UNC Asheville investigates both the development and contemporary significance of the human religious experience from interdisciplinary perspectives that incorporate a variety of methodological approaches.

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Religious Studies

Major

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Concentration:

  • General

Minor

  • Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies seeks to engage students in the study of religion as an academic discipline within the broader tradition of the liberal arts. As a field of humanistic inquiry, the study of religion at UNC Asheville investigates both the development and contemporary significance of the human religious experience from interdisciplinary perspectives that incorporate a variety of methodological approaches.

Visit the Religious Studies Department Website