Outline of academic disciplines

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Overviews of and topical guides to 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 he/she belongs and the academic journals in which he/she publishes 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 page: Social:Humanities

Performing arts

  • Music (outline)
    • Accompanying
    • Chamber music
    • Church music
    • Conducting
      • Choral conducting
      • Orchestral conducting
      • Wind ensemble conducting
    • Early music
    • Jazz studies (outline)
    • Musical composition
    • Music education
    • Music history
    • Musicology
      • Historical musicology
      • Systematic musicology
    • Ethnomusicology
    • Music theory
    • Orchestral studies
    • Organology
    • Recording
  • Dance (outline)
  • Television (outline)
    • Television studies
  • Theatre (outline)
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Dramaturgy
    • History
    • Musical theatre
    • Playwrighting
    • Puppetry
    • Scenography
    • Stage design
    • Ventriloquism
  • Film (outline)

Visual arts


  • African history
  • American history
  • Ancient history
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Carthage
    • Ancient Greece (outline)
    • Ancient Roman history (outline)
    • Assyrian Civilization
    • Bronze Age Civilizations
    • Biblical history
    • History of the Indus Valley Civilization
    • Preclassic Maya
    • History of Mesopotamia
    • The Stone Age
    • History of the Yangtze civilization
    • History of the Yellow River civilization
  • Asian history
    • Chinese history
    • Indian history (outline)
    • Indonesian history
    • Iranian history
  • Australian history
  • Ecclesiastical history of the Catholic Church
  • Economic history
  • Environmental history
  • European history
  • Intellectual history
  • Jewish history
  • Latin American history
  • Modern history
  • History of philosophy
  • Political history
  • Pre-Columbian era
  • Russian history
  • History of culture
  • Scientific history
  • Technological history
  • World history
  • Public history

Languages and literature



Main page: Philosophy:Outline of philosophy


Social Sciences

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




Main page: Earth:Outline of geography

Political science



Social Work

Natural Sciences


Main page: Biology:Outline of biology


Main page: Chemistry:Outline of chemistry

Earth science

Space sciences

Main page: Outline of space science


Main pages: Physics:Physics and Physics:Outline of physics

Formal Sciences

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 and Outline of mathematics
Main page: Mathematics Subject Classification

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics

Applied Sciences

Main pages: Applied science and Outline of applied science


Engineering and technology

Main pages: Engineering:Engineering and Outline of engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Educational Technology

Electrical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Systems science

Medicine and health

See also

Main page: Branches of science


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