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Majors, Degrees and Programs

Northwest offers 126 undergraduate majors, 73 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, 40 graduate programs, five graduate certificate programs, three certificate programs, three specialist programs.

Each year, about 20% of our incoming freshmen and 10% of transfer students begin their education at Northwest as a deciding student. Students who are deciding their major are in the process of exploration. They are evaluating the interests, abilities, needs and values they possess and how they fit with a major or career.

As a deciding student you will be asked to declare a Meta-Major. A Meta-Major is a grouping of courses for your first year to guide you toward a major in an area while still progressing toward graduation.

The staff at the Advisement Assistance and Orientation Office and the Office of Career Services want to help any deciding student in the process of choosing a major. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue the process of deciding.

For more information about graduate-level study, visit the University Graduate School.

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School of Agricultural Sciences

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Adapted and Recreational Gardening - Minor Cert
Agricultural Business BS Minor -
Agriculture  BAS - MS
Agricultural Communications - Minor -
Agricultural Data and Information Systems - Minor -
Agricultural Dealership Management - Minor -
Agricultural Education BSEd - MSEd
Agricultural Finance - Minor -
Agricultural Science BS Minor -
Agronomy BS Minor -
Animal Science  BS Minor -
Animal Science (Pre-Vet) BS Pre -
Business Administration: Agricultural Economics - - MBA
Farm Operations  - Cert -
Horticulture BS Minor -
Precision Agriculture - Minor -
Pre-Veterianary Medicine - Pre -
Teaching: Agriculture - - MSEd

Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Accounting Information Systems - Minor -
Accounting: Managerial Accounting BS - -
Accounting: Public Accounting BS - -
Agricultural Finance - Minor -
Business - Minor -
Business Administration: Agricultural Economics - - MBA
Business Administration: Business Decision and Analytics - - MBA
Business Administration: General Management - - MBA, Online
Business Administration: Human Resource Management - - MBA, Online
Business Administration: Marketing - - MBA, Online
Business Economics BS - -
Business Education BSEd - -
Business Management BAS, BS - -
CATapult / Business (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program - 4 year) Accel - Accel
Data Science: Business BS - -
Economics BS Minor -
Finance: Corporate Finance BS - -
Finance: Financial Computing BS - -
Finance: Financial Services BS - -
Finance: Finance Management BS - -
International Business BS - -
Marketing BAS, BS - -
Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management BS - -
Sport Management - Minor -

School of Communication & Mass Media

ProgramMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Advertising BS Minor -
Agricultural Communications - Minor -
Broadcasting - Minor -
Communication: Emphasis in Interpersonal Communication BA, BS Minor -
Communication: Emphasis in Organizational Communication BA, BS Minor -
Communication: Emphasis in Public Relations BA, BS Minor -
Communication: Emphasis in Rhetoric BA, BS Minor -
Digital Media: New Media BS Minor -
Journalism - Minor -
Mass Media: Applied Advertising BS - -
Mass Media: Broadcast and Production (Audio) BS - -
Mass Media: Multimedia Journalism BS - -
Mass Media: Sport Media BS - -
Media Studies BA - -
Speech and Theatre Education BSEd Minor -

School of Computer Science and Information Systems

ProgramMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Accounting Information Systems - Minor -
Applied Computer Science - - MS
Applied Computer Science (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel - Accel
Business Education BSEd - -
Business Education: Middle School BSEd - -
Business Education: Secondary Program BSEd Minor -
Business Technology BAS, BS Cert -
Computer Applications - Minor -
Computer Science BAS, BS Minor -
Computer: Elementary Education - Minor -
Cybersecurity  BS - -
Data Management Systems - Minor -
Data Science: Computer Science BS - -
Digital Media: Computer Science Programming BS Minor -
Information Systems - Cert MS
Management Information Systems BAS, BS - -
Marketing and Cooperative Education - Minor -
Systems Management - Minor -

School of Education

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Early Childhood BSEd - -
Early Childhood: Early Childhood Special Education BSEd - -
Education Leadership: K-12 - - Online
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis - - EdD
Educational Leadership: Elementary School Principalship - - EdS
Educational Leadership: Secondary School Principalship - - EdS
Educational Leadership: Superintendency - - EdS
Elementary Education BSEd - -
Elementary Mathematics Specialist - - MSEd
Middle School Education BSEd - -
Special Education: Cross Categorical and Elementary Education BSEd - -
Superintendency - - EdS
Online Programs
Curriculum and Instruction (15 week courses) - - MSEd
Education Leadership: K-12 (15 week courses) - - MSEd
Reading (7 week courses) - - Online
Special Education (7 week courses) - - MSEd

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Art BA Minor -
Art Education BSEd - -
Art: Graphic Design BFA - -
Art: Studio - Ceramics BFA - -
Art: Studio - Drawing BFA - -
Art: Studio - Painting BFA - -
Art: Studio - Photography BFA - -
Art: Studio - Printmaking BFA - -
Art: Studio - Sculpture BFA - -
Digital Media: Visual Imaging BS Minor -
Instrumental Music Education BME - -
Music BA Minor -
Speech and Theatre Education BSEd Minor -
Speech and Theatre: Middle School - Minor -
Theatre BA Minor -
Theatre: Performance BS - -
Theatre: Technical Theatre and Design BS - -
Vocal Music Education BME - -

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Criminal Justice - Minor -
Criminology  BS - -
Data Science: Geographic Information Systems BS - -
Emergency and Disaster Management BS Minor -
Geography BA, BAS, BS Minor -
Geographic Information Science BAS, BS Minor MS, Cert
History BA, BS Minor MSEd
Interdisciplinary Studies BA, BS - -
International Studies - Minor -
Liberal Arts and Sciences - Minor -
Military Science - GOLD, ROTC, Minor -
Political Science BA, BS Minor -
Political Science: Criminal Justice BA, BS - -
Political Science: Global Affairs BA, BS - -
Political Science: Public Administration BA, BS - -
Pre-Law - Pre -
Public History and Museum Studies - Minor -
Reserve Officer Training Corps (Army ROTC) - ROTC -
Show-Me GOLD (National Guard) - GOLD -
Social Studies: History BSEd Minor -

School of Health Science & Wellness

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Division of Health Science and Wellness
Applied Health Science BS - MS
Biology/Psychology BS - -
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Chiropractic BS Pre -
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy BS - -
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Physical Therapy BS - -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences BS - -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Chriopractic BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Dentistry BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Medicine BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Optometry BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Physician Assistant BS Pre -
Biomedical Science: Chriopractic BS Pre -
Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS - -
Coaching - Minor -
Food Service - Minor -
Foods and Nutrition: Dietetics BS Minor -
Gerontology - Minor -
Health Education - Minor -
Physical Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Radiological Science BS Pre MSEd
Recreation: Corporate Recreation/Wellness BS Minor -
Recreation: Recreation and Parks Management BS Minor -
Recreation: Recreation Resource Management - - MS View PDF
Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation BS Minor MS View PDF
RN to BSN Online - -
Sport Management - Minor -
Division of Behavioral Sciences
Child and Family Studies BAS Minor -
Human Services BS - -
Psychology BA, BS Minor -
School Counseling - - MSEd
Sociology - Minor -
Sport Psychology - Minor -
Pre-Professional Degrees
Pre-Chiropractic - Pre -
Pre-Dental Hygiene - Pre -
Pre-Dentistry - Pre -
Pre-Medicine - Pre -
Pre-Nursing - Pre -
Pre-Occupational Therapy - Pre -
Pre-Optometry - Pre -
Pre-Osteopathic & Allopathic Therapy - Pre -
Pre-Pharmacy - Pre -
Pre-Physical Therapy - Pre -
Pre-Physician Assistant - Pre -
Pre-Radiology - Pre -
Pre-Respiratory Therapy - Pre -

Department of Language, Literature and Writing

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
English BA Minor MA
English (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel - Accel
English: Emphasis in Speech - - MA
English Education BSEd - MSEd
Individualized Language Program - Minor -
Spanish BA, BS Minor, Cert -
Spanish Education BSEd - -
Writing BA, BS Minor -
Writing: Creative Writing and Publishing BA - -
Writing: Professional Writing BS Cert -

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Data Science: Business BS - -
Data Science: Computer Science BS - -
Data Science: Geographic Information Systems BS - -
Data Sciences: Molecular Biology BS - -
Elementary Mathematics Specialist - - Cert
Mathematics BA, BS Minor MS
Mathematics (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel - Accel
Mathematics: Data Science BA, BS - -
Mathematics Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Middle School Mathematics - Minor -
Statistics - Minor -

Department of Natural Sciences

Program NameMajorMinor & MoreGraduate
Biology BS Minor MS
Biology Education BSEd - -
Biology/Psychology BS - -
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Chiropractic BS Pre -
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy BS - -
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Physical Therapy BS - -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences BS - -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Chiropractic BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Dentistry BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Medicine BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Optometry BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Physician Assistant BS Pre -
Biology: Biomedical Sciences – Pre-Veterinary BS Pre -
Biology: Cellular/Molecular BS - -
Biomedical Science: Chiropractic BS - -
Chemistry BA, BS Minor -
Chemistry: Biochemistry - Pre-Medicine BS Minor -
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Medicine BS Pre -
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Pharmacy BS Pre -
Chemistry Education BSEd Minor -
Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS - -
Data Science: Molecular Biology BS - -
Earth Science Education BSEd - -
Environmental Geology Professional - Cert -
Geology BA, BS Minor -
Geology: Environmental Geology BS Minor -
Marine Biology BS - -
Middle School Science - Minor -
Nanoscale Science: Nanobiology BS - -
Nanoscale Science: Nanochemistry BS - -
Nanoscale Science: Nanophysics BS - -
Physics BS Minor -
Physics Education - Minor -
Pre-Chiropractic - Pre -
Pre-Dental Hygiene - Pre -
Pre-Dentistry - Pre -
Pre-Engineering - Pre -
Pre-Medicine - Pre -
Pre-Nursing - Pre -
Pre-Occupational Therapy - Pre -
Pre-Optometry - Pre -
Pre-Pharmacy - Pre -
Pre-Physical Therapy - Pre -
Pre-Physician Assistant - Pre -
Pre-Podiatry - Pre -
Pre-Radiology - Pre -
Pre-Respiratory Therapy - Pre -
Pre-Veterianary Medicine - Pre -
Radiologic Science BS Pre -
Teaching: Science - - MSEd
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation BA, BS - -

Accelerated Programs

Program NameDegree
Applied Computer Science (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel
Business Administration: General Management (12 months) MBA, Online
Business Administration: Human Resource Management (12 months) MBA, Online
Business Administration: Marketing (12 months) MBA, Online
CATapult / Business (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program - 4 years) Accel
Curriculum and Instruction (12 months) Online
Education Leadership: K-12 (12 months) Online
English (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel
Mathematics (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel
Reading (12 months) Online
Special Education (12 months) Online

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*Some programs do not support I-20 requirements and therefore are not open to international students on F-1 Visas.

 

Degree Legend

BA Bachelor of Arts MS Master of Science
BAS Bachelor of Applied Science MSEd Master of Science in Education
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts EdD Doctorate in Education
BME Bachelor of Music Education EdS Specialist in Education
BS Bachelor of Science Accel Accelerated Program
BSCLS Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences Cert Certificate
BSEd Bachelor of Science in Education Minor Undergraduate Minor
BSMT Bachelor of Medical Technology Online Online Program
MA Master of Arts Pre Pre-professional Program
MBA Master of Business Administration ROTC Reserve Officers' Training Corps