MAJORS/FIELDS OF STUDY

Please visit the following website to see a list of our fields of study.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments

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The Economics Major

 

We have created a new student handbook for economics.

If you are an economics major, you should pick up a paper copy in the department office or look at the pdf version using the menu to the left.

 

To declare an economics major please see Jeanne Reinle in the Economics Department Office (315 Converse Hall). To process the paperwork, an unofficial transcript and declaration of major form are needed.

 

Major Program

The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (LJST) places the study of law within the context of a liberal arts education. The Department offers courses that treat law as an historically evolving and culturally specific enterprise in which moral argument, distinctive interpretive practices, and force are brought to bear on the organization of social life. These courses use legal materials to explore conventions of reading, argument and proof, problems of justice and injustice, tensions between authority and community, and contests over social meanings and practices.

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The Major

Students who wish to major in physics are required to take the first two semesters of College level calculus (Mathematics 111 and 121) and nine additional courses.

The Geology Major

The Geology major starts with an introduction to the fundamental principles and processes that govern the character of the earth from its surface environment to its core. Geology 111 surveys these principles and is required of all Geology majors. Geology encompasses many sub-disciplines that approach study of the earth in a variety of ways, but all share a core of knowledge about the composition and constitution of earth materials.

The American Studies Major

The Major

Majors in Religion will be expected to achieve a degree of mastery in three areas of the field as a whole. First, they will be expected to gain a close knowledge of a particular religious tradition, including both its ancient and modern forms, in its scriptural, ritual, reflective, and institutional dimensions. Ordinarily this will be achieved through a concentration of courses within the major. A student might also choose to develop a program of language in relation to this part of the program, though this would not ordinarily be required for or count toward the major.

Major Requirements

The core of the major consists of eight courses that will examine a significant portion of European civilization through a variety of disciplines. Two of these courses will be European Studies 121 and 122 (or the equivalent; see below), and two will be independent work during the senior year. In the second semester of the senior year, the student major writing a thesis may designate the research course as a double course (European Studies 499D), in which case the total number of courses required to complete the major becomes nine.

Political Science Major

The Philosophy Major

An education in philosophy conveys a sense of wonder about ourselves and our world. It achieves this partly through exploration of philosophical texts, which comprise some of the most stimulating creations of the human intellect, and partly through direct and personal engagement with philosophical issues. At the same time, an education in philosophy cultivates a critical stance to this elicited puzzlement, which would otherwise merely bewilder us.

The Philosophy Department at Amherst College promotes the following:

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