Outline of academic disciplines

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Short description: Overviews of and topical guides to academic disciplines
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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to 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.


Main pages: Social:Humanities and Biology:Outline of the humanities

Performing arts

Main page: Social:Outline of performing arts

Visual arts

Main page: Social:Outline of the visual arts


Main page: History:Outline of history

Also regarded as a Social science

Languages and literature

Main page: Social:Outline of literature

Linguistics listed in Social science


Main page: Biology:Outline of law

Also regarded as a Social science

Also listed in Applied science


Main page: Philosophy:Outline of philosophy

Also regarded as the separate, an entry at the highest level of the hierarchy

Religious Studies

Also regarded as a Social science

  • History of Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Phenomenology of Religion


Main page: Religion:Divinity (academic discipline)


Main page: Biology:Outline of theology

Social science

Main pages: Social:Social science and Biology:Outline of social science


Main page: Biology:Outline of anthropology


Main page: History:Outline of archaeology


Main page: Biology:Outline of economics


Main page: Earth:Outline of geography


Main page: Biology:Outline of linguistics

Also regarded as a formal science

Political science


Main pages: Biology:Outline of psychology and Social:List of psychology disciplines


Main page: Biology:Outline of sociology

Natural science



Main page: Biology:Outline of chemistry

Earth science


Main page: Astronomy:Outline of astronomy


Main page: Physics:Outline of physics

Formal science

Main pages: Formal science and Outline of formal science

Computer science

Main pages: Computer science and Outline of computer science

Also a branch of electrical engineering


Main pages: Mathematics, Outline of mathematics, and Mathematics Subject Classification

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied science

Main pages: Applied science and Outline of applied science


Main pages: Earth:Agriculture, Biology:Outline of agriculture, and Earth:Agricultural science

Architecture and design



Engineering and technology

Main pages: Engineering:Engineering and Outline of engineering
See also: List of engineering branches
See also: Technology and Outline of 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


Main pages: Philosophy:Law and Biology:Outline of law

Also regarded as a Social science

Also listed in Humanities

Library and museum studies

Medicine and health

Military sciences

Public administration

Public policy

Main page: Social:Public policy

Social work

Main page: Social:Social work


  • Highway safety
  • Infographics
  • Intermodal transportation studies
  • Logistics
  • Marine transportation
    • Port management
    • Seafaring
  • Operations research
  • Mass transit
  • Travel
  • Vehicles

See also

Main page: Branches of science


  1. Khaled Nabil, Al-Momani (25 August 2020). "Characteristics of Design as an Academic and Creative Discipline". Kne Social Sciences (Ural Federal University): 294–298. doi:10.18502/kss.v4i11.7560. 
  2. Bravo, Rafael Ángel (4 March 2016). "Vigencia de la Bauhaus en la formación académica de los diseñadores gráficos" (in es). Francisco José de Caldas District University. https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/c14/article/view/10133. 
  3. "Graphic Design". College of the Sequoias. https://catalog.cos.edu/areas-study/graphic-design/. 

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