Undergraduate Majors

Browse majors available to undergraduates through the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.

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African American Studies, B.A. with a concentration in:

  • Artistic, historical and literary perspectives
  • Political, religious and societal perspectives
  • Social and behavioral perspectives

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Chemistry, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical modeling
  • Chemical science
  • Professional chemist
  • Professional chemist with honors

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Foreign Language, B.A. with a concentration in:

  • Dual languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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Forensic Science, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Forensic biology
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Physical evidence

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Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, B.A. with a concentration in:

  • Health, society and social justice

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Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Exercise science
  • Health science


International Studies, B.A. with a concentration in:

  • European studies
  • General studies
  • International social justice studies
  • Latin American studies
  • World cinema

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Mass Communications, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Advertising/creative
  • Advertising/strategic
  • Journalism/broadcast
  • Journalism/digital
  • Media production
  • Public relations

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Mathematical Sciences, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Biomathematics
  • General mathematical sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Operations research
  • Secondary teacher preparation
  • Statistics

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Philosophy, B.A. with a concentration in:

  • Ethics and public policy
  • Philosophy and law
  • Philosophy and science

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Physics, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Nanoscience
  • Pre-medical

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Political Science, B.A. with a concentration in:

  • Civil rights
  • Comparative politics
  • Human security
  • International relations
  • Political theory and methodology
  • Politics and government
  • Public policy and administration
  • U.S. government

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Psychology, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Addiction studies
  • Applied psychology
  • Life science
  • Pre-graduate school
  • Urban psychology

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Science, B.S. with a concentration in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Professional science

Interested in a career in healthcare?


VCU offers four pre-health baccalaureate programs, which prepare students for competitive admission into nursing, medical laboratory sciences, radiation sciences or dental hygiene.

Students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in one of these programs may declare pre-nursing, pre-medical laboratory sciences, pre-clinical radiation sciences or pre-dental hygiene either as their primary major or as a dual major.  

Once a student applies and is admitted into the professional health major, their pre-major is changed to the new major. If they are not successful in their admission, they will remain a pre-major until they either apply again in a future semester or decide to declare a new major.

Visit University Academic Advising's Pre-Health Advising page to learn how they help students navigate pre-health program admission requirements, while also supporting their career exploration into parallel majors.

Pre-Professional Health Care

VCU offers pre-professional health career advising to students seeking competitive admission into medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, veterinary, optometry or physician assistant programs. 

Students should declare a major in an academic discipline, in addition to an advising track. Students may select an advising track in a health profession field when they are admitted to VCU or at any time during their enrollment. VCU’s pre-professional health program is not an academic major or minor, but rather it is a combination of career development advising and a set of predetermined courses that are widely accepted across the nation for admission requirements.

Visit VCU Career Services' Pre-Professional Health Career Advising page to learn how pre-professional health career advisors help prepare students for professional school application through guidance with pre-professional health curriculum, admissions test preparation, co-curricular activity involvement and application competitiveness.