Majors & Minors

Areas of Interest
  • Core Curriculum
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Minor
  • Pre-Professional Programs
  • Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Sport Studies
  • Statesmanship
  • Core Curriculum
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Minor
  • Pre-Professional Programs
  • Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Sport Studies
  • Statesmanship
  • Core Curriculum
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Minor
  • Pre-Professional Programs
  • Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Sport Studies
  • Statesmanship

Social Sciences

Accounting

Social Sciences

Accounting

Because Even Free Markets Need Some Ground Rules

Ideal for business-minded problem solvers, the accounting major at Hillsdale takes a rigorous, strategic, and well-rounded look at the fundamentals behind effective financial management. Accounting is offered as a major only.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

American Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

American Studies

Going Beyond the Melting Pot

An intellectual intersection of history, literature, and politics, our American studies major and minor programs explore the distinct character, perspective, and vision of our country.

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Sciences and Mathematics

Applied Mathematics

Sciences and Mathematics

Applied Mathematics

The Underlying Language of the Physical Universe

Lying at the intersection of the theoretical and the pragmatic, the Applied Mathematics major at Hillsdale College explores the way mathematics informs our understanding of science, engineering, business, politics, literature, and other disciplines.

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Humanities

Art

Humanities

Art

From Vast Beauty to the Deeper Meaning Within

Enrich your artistic talents by incorporating a profound appreciation for beauty, truth, and goodness—and for how those qualities are brought to life through art. Art is offered as a major only.

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Humanities

Art History

Humanities

Art History

Thinking Critically about Creativity

Your interests in art, design, and visual cultures throughout history can converge in our art history minor. You’ll study what’s defined and defied expectations of beauty for generations. Art History is offered as a minor only.

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Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry

Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry

The Building Blocks Shared by Chemistry and Biology

Be a problem solver at the interface of two essential fields. You’ll learn how the foundational principles of chemistry apply to structures and functions of biomolecules. The study of biochemistry at Hillsdale combines small-college camaraderie with top-tier academic rigor, facilities, and faculty. Biochemistry is offered as both a major and minor.

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Sciences and Mathematics

Biology

Sciences and Mathematics

Biology

How Life Relates, Adapts, and Evolves

You’ll study the building blocks of life—biology and its numerous branches, like biodiversity, ecology, and biometrics. This program has the highest graduate school placement rate in the College. Biology is offered as both a major and minor.

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Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

A Rigorous Look at the Properties Within

Uncover the fundamental nature of matter—its properties, characteristics, and behavior—as a crucial point of departure for understanding the world around us. Chemistry is offered as both a major and minor.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Christian Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Christian Studies

A Religion That Shaped a Nation

Explore Christian teachings and influences across the arts, literature, and politics. Drawing on Hillsdale’s Christian heritage and the classical liberal arts, this program will help you understand the roles and challenges of faith and the faithful in the modern world. Christian studies is offered as both a major and minor.

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Minor

Classical Education

Minor

Classical Education

Sharing Great Ideas with New Generations

You see yourself as a teacher. By knowing how to teach a rigorous, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, you’ll excel at that essential role and be much more—a force for change in American education. Classical Education is offered as a minor only.

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Humanities

Classics

Humanities

Classics

The Building Blocks of Modern Civilization

Hillsdale is one of the last remaining colleges that still consider the classics essential to every education. The classics program at Hillsdale offers you a rigorous approach to the study of the Greco-Roman languages and cultures. Classics is offered as both a major and minor.

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Minor

Dance

Minor

Dance

Discover Your Creative Potential

If you already have a dance background or are considering majors in theatre, physical education, or exercise science, our dance minor can add a deeper dimension to your studies.

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Minor

Early Childhood Education

Minor

Early Childhood Education

Making a Difference at an Early Age.

Can you see yourself teaching at the elementary level, or in youth ministry, fine arts education, or speech or language pathology? This program explores curriculum and teaching methods for birth to age eight. Early Childhood Education is offered as a minor only.

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Social Sciences

Economics

Social Sciences

Economics

Make Sense of a Fast-Changing Marketplace

Distinguished by a free-market approach, a Hillsdale economics major or minor will help prepare you for careers and advanced studies in research, teaching, business, or public policy.

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Humanities

English

Humanities

English

Seeking Wisdom in Classic Literature

As an English major, your passion for the careful study of literature will grow through good conversation, patient reflection, and disciplined thought—all while immersing yourself in the close study of major authors and periods. English is offered as both a major and a minor.

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Humanities

European Studies

Humanities

European Studies

Where Western Civilization Began

Explore principles of European economics, history, literature, political science, and culture as you deepen your understanding of Europe’s influence on our nation and world. This program is available as a major only.

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Sport Studies

Exercise Science

Sport Studies

Exercise Science

A Holistic Approach to Healthy Lives

Explore with our professors the intricacy of the human body. The Exercise Science major is grounded in holistic education which is perfect for the aspiring health care professional.

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Social Sciences

Financial Management

Social Sciences

Financial Management

Harness the Power of Markets

Financial management keeps businesses in business. If you’re a creative problem solver with a passion for business, this major will help you develop the fundamental skills necessary to pursue careers in the finance sector or advanced studies in the field.

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Humanities

French

Humanities

French

One of Western Civilization’s Dazzling Cultures

Truly understand French literature, art, and influence—whether you hope to pursue a career in international business or law, or just see the language as a way to better understand and appreciate beauty in our world.

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Minor

General Business

Minor

General Business

Prepare for the Professional World

Ideal for savvy students and young entrepreneurs, our general business minor gives you important insight into the business world through a variety of fundamental courses.

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Humanities

German

Humanities

German

Discover Where German Can Take You

German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and one of the major world languages. Through the study of language, literature and culture at Hillsdale College and abroad, our German Program offers you a comprehensive and transformative education – and membership in a tight-knit intellectual community.

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Minor

Graphic Design

Minor

Graphic Design

Become a Visual Storyteller

Master computer-based design to help communicate big ideas. If you’re a creative-minded business major or are looking for ways to make your major more marketable, this minor will introduce you to design fundamentals, web design, color theory, and more.

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Humanities

Greek

Humanities

Greek

Unlock History through Language

Gain an understanding of the evolution of civilization through the study of Greek language and history. The Greek major or minor offers you a challenging but rewarding experience, with a focus on mythology, tradition, and timeless works of imagination, in both classical and Koine Greek.

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Humanities

History

Humanities

History

Join the Great Conversation

At Hillsdale College, we study history because we know it is worth doing for its own sake. The history program includes courses in a wide variety of subjects, all designed to draw you into the great conversation about the best that has been thought and said in the story of mankind. History is offered as both a major and a minor.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

International Studies in Business & Foreign Language

Interdisciplinary Studies

International Studies in Business & Foreign Language

Be Fluent in the Universal Language of Business

All business today is global. Hillsdale’s International Business major combines language study with business fundamentals to prepare you for careers not only in business, but also in international government and public administration.

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Minor

Journalism

Minor

Journalism

Tell the Stories That Will Shape Generations

With a focus on rhetoric, effective communication, and the role of a free press, our journalism minor is ideal for students with a passion for writing and storytelling—no matter what story you want to tell.

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Humanities

Latin

Humanities

Latin

The Key to Our Beginnings

Latin is alive and well—and it can be found at the root of much of the language, laws, religion, and philosophy prevalent today. The Latin major and minor programs are open to both beginners and those with previous experience.

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Social Sciences

Marketing / Management

Social Sciences

Marketing / Management

Reach Consumers in a Way that Works

Learn to effectively promote ideas and products. The marketing/management major will help you build an understanding of consumers and markets.

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Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics

Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics

Exploring the Power and Beauty of the Numerical World

Combining a passion for numbers with a love of conversation and discovery, the mathematics department at Hillsdale College challenges and inspires its students to encounter the beauty and truth found in the world around us.

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Fine Arts

Music

Fine Arts

Music

A Campus Where Music Matters

Hillsdale is a proudly musical campus, with enthusiastic participation in campus ensembles by non-majors and a large and diverse music faculty. As a music major, you’ll mature as a performer while exploring music theory, music history, music pedagogy, conducting, and composition.

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Humanities

Philosophy

Humanities

Philosophy

The Greatest Commitment to Critical Thought

Our philosophy program emphasizes the historical development of the discipline, giving you a rich understanding of its interactions across theology and culture.

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Humanities

Philosophy & Religion

Humanities

Philosophy & Religion

Adding Depth to Religious Discourse

If you’re interested in the influence of philosophy and religion on each other and on Western culture, the philosophy & religion major and minor seek to make sense of the intertwined beliefs that have been an animating force throughout human history.

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Sport Studies

Physical Education

Sport Studies

Physical Education

Understanding and Teaching the Path to Physical Health

Students acquire a comprehensive view of wellness, including an understanding of a healthy mind-body connection. This program prepares students for leadership in education and the fitness sector or graduate studies.

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Sciences and Mathematics

Physics

Sciences and Mathematics

Physics

Solving Problems with Science

Delve into the scientific origins of the universe as a member of a close-knit cohort of student-scientists. We’ll start at the sub-atomic level and take it from there, emphasizing a hands-on approach in both the major and minor programs.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Political Economy

Interdisciplinary Studies

Political Economy

Harnessing Economics for Big Outcomes

One part economics, one part politics, and one part history, the political economy major can prepare you for a future in business, law, academia, or public policy.

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Social Sciences

Politics

Social Sciences

Politics

Understanding and Restoring the First Principles of American Constitutionalism

Delve into the first principles of politics and government by exploring great works of political philosophy and studying the thoughts and deeds of American statesmen. Politics is available both as a major and minor.

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Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law

An Outstanding Record of Preparing Students to Succeed in the Legal Profession

Through our classical liberal arts core, you'll develop the skills for the legal profession: the ability to analyze difficult texts, reason logically, and write clearly. Our preprofessional program in law is designed to help you determine whether a legal career is right for you and develop a strong law school application.

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Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Medicine

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Medicine

Explore Career Options While Gaining A Liberal Arts Background

Prepare for a career in medicine while gaining a strong intellectual grounding in the liberal arts. The pre-medicine program at Hillsdale College combines tailored faculty advising with many opportunities to get hands-on experience that will set you up to successfully apply for medical school and pursue a medical career.

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Social Sciences

Psychology

Social Sciences

Psychology

An Illuminated Look at the Mind, Brain, and World

As a psychology major, you’ll be asked to think deeply about the role that science plays in shaping our conceptions of mind and society. To what extent is human behavior determined—and to what extent is it free?

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Humanities

Religion

Humanities

Religion

A Look at Eternity, Happiness, and Human Purpose

As individuals and members of society, how do we answer questions about eternity and human purpose? You’ll explore literature that has stood the test of time and speaks to our yearning to find meaning and morality.

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Humanities

Rhetoric and Public Address

Humanities

Rhetoric and Public Address

The Classical Western Art of Rhetoric

Serious civic conversation and meaningful debate depend on rational and thoughtful rhetoric. That’s why eloquence in public discourse—and more generally, communication—has always been an essential part of the classical liberal arts education. Hillsdale ensures you’ll graduate as a more compelling speaker, masterful thinker, and responsible critic. Rhetoric and Public Address offers both a major and three minor tracks.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Sociology & Social Thought

Interdisciplinary Studies

Sociology & Social Thought

Understanding Human Societies

You’ll study the evolution of cultural phenomena from big ideas to nuanced details. Explore critical questions society faces through courses in cultural anthropology, interaction and social definition, social theory, and more. Sociology and Social Thought is offered as a major. Sociology is offered as a minor.

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Humanities

Spanish

Humanities

Spanish

Empowering Better Communicators

Make yourself invaluable. A mastery of the Spanish language is not only important for communicating in the near future, it’s a vital skill across industries—domestic and international. Spanish is offered as both a major and minor.

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Sport Studies

Sport Management

Sport Studies

Sport Management

The intersection of sport and business

Business minded and have a passion for sports? This major provides comprehensive training in business fundamentals with additional coursework in the theory and foundation of sport.

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Sport Studies

Sport Psychology

Sport Studies

Sport Psychology

An illuminating look at the development of the mind through sport

Learn the fundamental principles, foundational research and practical tools necessary to prepare for health and performance related occupations, and graduate programs in psychology, sports psychology or kinesiology.

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Fine Arts

Theatre

Fine Arts

Theatre

This Is Rhetoric in Action.

In the theatre, everything communicates: scripts, lighting, design, theories, costumes, acting choices, historical research. Few other disciplines are equally all-encompassing, whether your ambitions are onstage or backstage. Theatre is offered as both a major and minor.

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