List of academic fields

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Mind map of top level disciplines and professions

An academic discipline or field of study is known as a branch of knowledge. It is taught as an accredited part of higher education. A scholar's discipline is commonly defined and recognized by a university faculty. That person will be accredited by learned societies to which they belong along with the academic journals in which they publish. However, no formal criteria exist for defining an academic discipline.

Disciplines vary between universities and even programs. These will have well-defined rosters of journals and conferences supported by a few universities and publications. Most disciplines are broken down into (potentially overlapping) branches 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.

Humanities and social science[edit]

Anthropology[edit]

Archaeology[edit]

History[edit]

Linguistics and languages[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Religion[edit]

The arts[edit]

Culinary arts[edit]

Literature[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

Economics[edit]

Geography[edit]

Interdisciplinary studies[edit]

Area studies[edit]

Ethnic and cultural studies[edit]

Gender and sexuality studies[edit]

Organizational studies[edit]

Political science[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Natural sciences[edit]

Biology[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

See also Branches of chemistry

Earth sciences[edit]

See also Branches of earth sciences

Physics[edit]

Space sciences[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

Formal sciences[edit]

Computer sciences[edit]

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Logic[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

Pure mathematics[edit]

See also Branches of mathematics and AMS Mathematics Subject Classification

Applied mathematics[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Systems science[edit]

Professions and applied sciences[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Architecture and design[edit]

Business[edit]

Divinity[edit]

Education[edit]

Engineering and technology[edit]

Environmental studies and forestry[edit]

Family and consumer science[edit]

Human physical performance and recreation[edit]

Journalism, media studies and communication[edit]

Law[edit]

Library and museum studies[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Military sciences[edit]

Public administration[edit]

Public policy[edit]

Social work[edit]

Transportation[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Abbott, Andrew (2001). Chaos of Disciplines. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-00101-2.
  • Oleson, Alexandra; Voss, John (1979). The Organization of knowledge in modern America, 1860-1920. ISBN 0-8018-2108-8.
  • US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). National Center for Education Statistics.

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