Outline of academic disciplines

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Main article: Discipline (academia)

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 discipline of social sciences or fields within the humanities). More generally, the proper criteria for organizing knowledge into disciplines are also open to debate.

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

Arts & Humanities[edit]

Geography[edit]

History[edit]

Main articles: History and Outline of history

Linguistics[edit]

Languages and literature[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Economics[edit]

Main articles: Economics and Outline of economics

Law[edit]

Main articles: Law and Outline of law

Political science[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Main articles: Sociology and Outline of sociology

Sciences[edit]

Biology[edit]

Main article: List of life sciences

Chemistry[edit]

Main articles: Chemistry and Outline of chemistry

Earth and space sciences[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

See also: Branches of mathematics and Mathematics Subject Classification

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Physics[edit]

Main articles: Physics and Outline of physics

Applied sciences[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Technology[edit]

Agronomy[edit]
Main article: Agronomy
Computer science[edit]

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Engineering[edit]

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

See also[edit]

Main article: Branches of science

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