Outline of 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 he/she belongs and the academic journals in which he/she publishes 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.
Main article: Humanities
Performing arts
Main article: Outline of performing arts
Visual arts
Main article: Outline of the visual arts
Main article: Outline of history
Languages and literature
Main article: Outline of literature
Main article: Outline of law
Main article: Outline of philosophy
Main article: Outline of theology
Social Sciences
Main articles: Social science and Outline of social science
Main article: Outline of economics
Main article: Outline of geography
Political science
Main articles: Politics and Outline of political science
Main articles: Outline of psychology and List of psychology disciplines
See also: Branches of psychology, Cognitive science, Affective science, and Behavioural sciences
Main article: Outline of sociology
Social Work
Natural Sciences
Main articles: Science, Natural science, and Outline of natural science
Main article: Outline of biology
See also: List of life sciences
Main article: Outline of chemistry
See also: Pure chemistry
Earth science
Main article: Outline of earth science
See also: Branches of earth sciences
Space sciences
Main article: Outline of space science
Main articles: Physics and Outline of physics
Formal Sciences
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
Main articles: Mathematics and Outline of mathematics
Main article: Mathematics Subject Classification
Pure mathematics
Applied mathematics
Applied Sciences
Main articles: Applied science and Outline of applied science
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
Medicine and health
Main articles: Medicine, Healthcare science, and Outline of health sciences
See also: Outline of medicine and Branches of medicine
See also
Main article: Branches of science
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