Outline of academic disciplines

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An academic discipline or field of study is a branch of knowledge, taught and researched as part of higher education. A scholar's discipline is commonly defined by the university faculties and learned societies to which he or she belongs and the academic journals in which he or she publishes research.

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, for example whether anthropology and linguistics are disciplines of the social sciences or of the humanities.

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

Humanities[edit]

Arts[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

History[edit]

Languages and literature[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Theology[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Anthropology[edit]

Archaeology[edit]

Economics[edit]

Human geography[edit]

Law[edit]

Political science[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Natural sciences[edit]

Biology[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Earth sciences[edit]

Space sciences[edit]

Physics[edit]

Formal sciences[edit]

Computer Science[edit]

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Mathematics[edit]

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Statistics[edit]

Applied sciences[edit]

Engineering and technology[edit]

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Medicine and health[edit]

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