Collage of images representing different academic disciplines
Collage of images representing different academic disciplines

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 they belong and the academic journals in which they publish 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.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to academic disciplines. In each case an entry at the highest level of the hierarchy (e.g., Humanities) is a group of broadly similar disciplines; an entry at the next highest level (e.g., Music) is a discipline having some degree of autonomy and being the basic identity felt by its scholars; and lower levels of the hierarchy are sub-disciplines not normally having any role in the structure of the university's governance.

Humanities

Main articles: Humanities and Outline of the humanities

Performing arts

Main article: Outline of performing arts

Visual arts

Main article: Outline of the visual arts

History

Main article: Outline of history

Languages and literature

Main article: Outline of literature

Law

Main article: Outline of law

Philosophy

Main article: Outline of philosophy

Theology

Main article: Outline of theology

Social science

Main articles: Social science and Outline of social science

Anthropology

Main article: Outline of anthropology

Archaeology

Main article: Outline of archaeology

Economics

Main article: Outline of economics

Geography

Main article: Outline of geography

Political science

Main articles: Politics and Outline of political science

Psychology

Main articles: Outline of psychology and List of psychology disciplines

See also: Branches of psychology, Cognitive science, Affective science, and Behavioural sciences

Sociology

Main article: Outline of sociology

Social work

Natural science

Main articles: Science, Outline of science, Natural science, and Outline of natural science

Biology

Main article: Outline of biology

See also: List of life sciences

Chemistry

Main article: Outline of chemistry

See also: Pure chemistry

Earth science

Main article: Outline of earth science

See also: Branches of earth sciences

Space science

Main article: Outline of space science

Physics

Main articles: Physics and Outline of physics

Formal science

Main articles: Formal science and Outline of formal science

Computer science

Main articles: Computer science and Outline of computer science

See also: ACM Computing Classification System

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Mathematics

Main articles: Mathematics and Outline of mathematics

Main article: Mathematics Subject Classification

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied science

Main articles: Applied science and Outline of applied science

Agriculture

Main articles: Agriculture, Outline of agriculture, and Agricultural science

Architecture and design

Main articles: Architecture, Outline of architecture, Design, Outline of design, and Applied arts

Business

Main articles: Business, Outline of business, and Business education

Divinity

Main article: Divinity (academic discipline)

Education

Main articles: Education and Outline of education

Engineering and technology

Main articles: Engineering and Outline of engineering

See also: List of engineering branches

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Environmental studies and forestry

Main articles: Environmental studies, Outline of environmental studies, and Forestry

Family and consumer science

Main article: Family and consumer science

Human physical performance and recreation

Main articles: Human reliability and human behavior

Journalism, media studies and communication

Main articles: Journalism, Media studies, Communication, Communication studies, and Outline of communication

Law

Main articles: Law and Outline of law

Library and museum studies

Main articles: Library science, Outline of library science, and Museology

Medicine and health

Main articles: Medicine, Healthcare science, Outline of health sciences, and Biomedical sciences

See also: Outline of medicine and Branches of medicine

Military sciences

Main articles: Military science and Outline of military science and technology

Public administration

Main article: Public administration

Public policy

Main article: Public policy

Social work

Main article: Social work

Transportation

Main articles: Transport and Modes of transport

See also

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