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 they belong and the academic journals in which they publish research.

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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

Performing arts

Visual arts

History

Languages and literature

Law

Philosophy

Theology

Social science

Anthropology

Archaeology

Economics

Geography

Political science

Psychology

Sociology

Social work

Natural science

Biology

Chemistry

Earth science

Space science

Physics

Formal science

Computer science

Also a branch of electrical engineering

Mathematics

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied science

Agriculture

Architecture and design

Business

Divinity

Education

Engineering and technology

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Environmental studies and forestry

Family and consumer science

Human physical performance and recreation

Journalism, media studies and communication

Law

Library and museum studies

Medicine and health

Military sciences

Public administration

Public policy

Social work

Transportation

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