Outline of academic disciplines

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Main article: Discipline (academia)
Table of main fields of study

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to academic disciplines.

An academic discipline or field of study is a branch of knowledge that is taught and researched as part of higher education. A scholar's discipline is commonly defined and recognized by the university faculties and learned societies to which he or she belongs and the academic journals in which he or she publishes research. However, no formal criteria exist for defining an academic discipline.

Disciplines vary between well-established ones that exist in almost all universities and have well-defined rosters of journals and conferences and nascent ones supported by only a few universities and publications. A discipline may have branches, and these are often called sub-disciplines.

There is no consensus on how some academic disciplines should be classified (e.g., whether anthropology and linguistics are disciplines of social sciences or fields within the humanities). More generally, the proper criteria for organizing knowledge into disciplines are also open to debate.

Historical background[edit]

History of academic disciplines – academic disciplines arose from learning institutions as those grew to include specialized faculties or departments

Humanities[edit]

History[edit]

Main articles: History and Outline of history

Languages[edit]

Main article: Language

Literature[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Professions[edit]

Gastronomy[edit]

Main article: Gastronomy

Performing arts[edit]

Religion[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Economics[edit]

Main articles: Economics and Outline of economics

Geography[edit]

Main articles: Geography and Outline of geography

Linguistics[edit]

Political science[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Main articles: Sociology and Outline of sociology

Professions[edit]

Anthropology[edit]

Business administration[edit]

Communication studies[edit]

Education[edit]

Main articles: Education and Outline of education

Home economics[edit]

Main article: Home economics

Law[edit]

Main articles: Law and Outline of law

Library and information science[edit]

Military science[edit]

Public administration[edit]

Main article: Public administration

It is a subfield of political science

Natural sciences[edit]

Biology[edit]

Main article: List of life sciences

Chemistry[edit]

Main articles: Chemistry and Outline of chemistry

Earth sciences[edit]

Physics[edit]

Main articles: Physics and Outline of physics

Space sciences[edit]

Professions[edit]

Agriculture and agronomy[edit]

Engineering and technology[edit]

Environmental studies[edit]

Main articles: Environmental studies and Forestry

Medicine and health[edit]

Sports science[edit]

Main article: Sports science

Formal sciences[edit]

Main article: Formal science

Logic[edit]

Main articles: Logic and Outline of logic

Pure mathematics[edit]

See also: Branches of mathematics and Mathematics Subject Classification

Professions[edit]

Applied mathematics[edit]

Main article: Applied mathematics

Computer science[edit]

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Systems science[edit]

Main article: Systems science

See also[edit]

Main article: Branches of science

References[edit]

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