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University of Northwestern offers over 60 undergraduate majors, as well as challenging dual-degree programs, interdisciplinary majors that cross traditional departmental boundaries, and certificates and concentrations to enhance your degree.

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Accounting

  • Bachelor of Science

Learn accounting principles and how to apply them in the business world. Prepare for the CPA exam under experienced Christian business professors who have developed a rigorous academic program for strong entry into the field of accounting. The accounting program prepares you for a career as a professional certified public accountant, corporate controller, financial planner, internal auditor, bank officer, or an accountant in a charitable organization.

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Accounting Minor

  • Minor

Learn accounting principles and how to apply them in the business world. The accounting minor provides a solid foundation of accounting principles for managing costs and reporting income. This minor pairs well with broader business majors or non-business majors.

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Ancient and Classical Languages Minor

  • Minor

For enriching study of the Bible, it is vital to understand the original languages in which the Bible was written. The ancient & classical languages minor includes the study of Greek, classical Hebrew, and classical Latin.

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Animation & Illustration

  • Bachelor of Science

Explore your creative passion for design and storytelling while working with artistic Christian faculty. The animation and illustration program equips you with a breadth of knowledge in computer animation, illustration, visual arts, design, 3D multimedia, effective communication, and storytelling.

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Animation Minor

  • Minor

Animation minors will learn the basics of 3D software, storytelling, digital illustration and animation. Minors in animation will also be exposed to the history of animation as well as contemporary practices. Both art majors and design majors frequently minor in animation illustration.

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Applied Mathematics

  • Bachelor of Science

Learn about quantitative design in God's creation and develop skills to describe logical, physical, financial, and scientific phenomena from expert mathematicians. The applied mathematics major is designed to meet the increasing need for mathematicians in areas of science and technology and to prepare you for further graduate study in mathematics.

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Applied Mathematics Minor

  • Minor

The mathematics minor is designed to add quantitative problem solving and rigor to other related majors, especially those in fields of business, finance, technology, and science.

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Art

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Prepare for a career in studio production by developing your creative process and artistic techniques in studio areas such as drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpting, and painting. The art program introduces you to a variety of media as well as concepts in aesthetics, art history, and art criticism. This degree also lays the foundation for further graduate study.

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Art Minor

  • Minor

An art minor will give you an abbreviated experience in the historical crafts of drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history. Typically, design majors and animation illustration majors pursue an art minor because they want to learn how to make things with their hands, use materials, and learn how to use equipment and tools specific to the practice of art making.

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Associate of Arts & Bible

  • Associate Degree

Expand your biblical knowledge while exploring general topics through a biblical worldview. This associate’s degree will introduce you to undergraduate coursework with a foundation of biblical studies, general liberal arts, and elective courses that you choose.

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B.A./B.S. in Pastoral Ministry & Master of Divinity

  • Bachelor of Arts/M.Div.

Equip yourself with deep and practical knowledge of scripture and gain the added value of a Master of Divinity degree upon graduation. In only five years, you can earn a Pastoral Ministry degree and a Master of Divinity -- a combination that will increase your influence as you go out to lead for Christ. You’ll leave the program with an understanding of biblical interpretation, theology, and Christian discipleship. You’ll also be prepared to teach, preach, counsel, and lead effectively.

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Bible Certificate

  • Certificate

Become established in your faith, rooted and grounded in the Gospel and fortified with answers to questions regarding life’s purpose and destiny. The certificate in Bible will provide you with the tools needed to examine Scripture, apply faith to life, and clearly communicate your beliefs.

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Bible Minor

  • Minor

Students who complete the Bible courses as part of the core curriculum requirement earn a minor in Bible. Senior transfers may choose to complete the courses to earn the minor in Bible.

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Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts

Examine the Bible and Christian theology with other bright, creative students who want to communicate biblical ideas and make a significant impact in the world. The biblical and theological studies major will equip you to study the Bible in its original languages, analyze theological ideas and exegetical methods, explain biblical customs, and understand church history. Graduates may qualify for advanced standing in seminary or other graduate study.

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Biblical & Theological Studies Dual Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Save time and tuition by integrating a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a dual degree. This program is designed to prepare men and women for ministry in a church, para-church, or academic setting. Gain deeper insight by studying theology according to biblical themes (biblical theology), theological categories (systematic theology), and ecclesiastical history (historical theology).

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Biochemistry

  • Bachelor of Science

Science exists because of God, not instead of God. Discover the miracle of how chemical processes interact to affect all living things. Our science professors will equip you to succeed in the field of medicine, research, or other scientific fields. This program focuses on carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and the processes of these molecules within living things. This degree will prepare you for a career in research, medicine, and other scientific and healthcare fields.

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Biology

  • Bachelor of Science

Work with professors on cutting-edge research while developing a deeper appreciation for God’s design in nature. The biology program investigates the mechanisms and connections of living things from molecules to ecosystems. This degree lays the foundation for careers in medicine, laboratory research, ecology, conservation and other scientific fields.

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Biology Minor

  • Minor

The biology minor provides you with added training in the biological sciences that can be tailored to your needs and professional goals. You can take courses in multiple biological disciplines or focus on an in-depth study of one. This minor pairs well with the following disciplines: education, psychology, kinesiology, and other similar disciplines. This minor is very flexible and will provide you with valuable knowledge and experience in biology.

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Business Administration

  • Bachelor of Science

Engage in the business world, under the guidance of Christian faculty with global business experience. The business administration program prepares you for a variety of careers in organizations and teaches areas of business such as accounting, management, entrepreneurship, finance, corporate strategies, marketing, business information systems, business law, and economics. This degree integrates a biblical worldview into business ethics and lays the foundation for you to work in any industry.

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Business Administration Minor

  • Minor

This broad-based business minor can complement a specialty major in another business discipline or can be paired with majors from the sciences, arts, education, ministry, communications, and more.

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Chemistry Minor

  • Minor

The chemistry minor provides you with added training in the physical sciences that can be tailored to your needs and professional goals. You can take courses in a variety of areas in the discipline of chemistry that would provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge of physical science. This minor pairs well with the following disciplines: biology, education, psychology, and similar disciplines. This minor is flexible and will provide you with valuable knowledge and experience in chemistry.

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Child Development Minor

  • Minor

The child development minor is designed for students who do not have an education major but who desire strong preparation in understanding child development from birth through adolescence. This minor does not lead to teacher licensure.

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Chinese Studies Minor

  • Minor

The Chinese studies minor focuses on the development of oral and written communication skills in the Chinese language. Students also explore many aspects of the cultures of China and consider how to apply skills from their major field of study among speakers of the world’s most widely spoken language.

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Coaching Minor

  • Minor

Since January 1997, school districts have had the responsibility of ensuring that coaches are qualified. The coaching minor, augmented by appropriate experience before graduation, provides a way for graduates to demonstrate formal preparation in the area of coaching.

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Communication Arts/Literature Education

  • Bachelor of Science

Prepare to develop the literary and communication skills of the next generation in and beyond the classroom. This degree lays the foundations for you to teach English in a public or private school setting for grades 5-12, and also prepares you for further graduate study. Professors instill compassionate professional practice and God-honoring leadership to help you serve diverse communities.

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Communication Minor

  • Minor

The communication minor fits well with any major. Employers are looking for powerful writers and clear speakers; this program helps you build skills in both areas.

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Communication Studies

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Inform and shape perceptions and behavior with effective communication through a broad range of channels. Learn the power of relationships and leadership built on truth and ethics. The communication studies degree prepares you with foundational communication principles and relational communication skills for a wide variety of careers that involve communicating, leading, and training people.

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Computer Science

  • Bachelor of Science

Prepare for careers as a software developer, information technology consultant, information technology analyst, database administrator or systems analyst under the instruction of computer science experts. The computer science major is designed to give you the knowledge to develop and use computer algorithms and computer-based systems. This program will also prepare you for a graduate degree in the computing sciences.

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Criminal Justice

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Examine the policies, principles, and social dynamics that shape the system of law and justice in the United States. Approach topics with a heart of public service and ministry. This major builds on a foundation of psychology in addition to practical knowledge of law enforcement and criminal justice. This degree also lays the foundation for further graduate study in law or social work.

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Criminal Justice Minor

  • Minor

The criminal justice minor provides a background in criminology, corrections, deviance and relevant legal issues. For those considering working within or alongside law enforcement, this minor could help prepare you through classroom learning and networking with instructors who are current and former practitioners in the field.

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Dance Minor

  • Minor

The dance minor develops dancers technically through classes in ballet, modern, jazz and tap as well as foster creativity and artistry through choreography and performance opportunities. Additionally, the study of dance history and perspectives allows discovery in how dance relates to the Christian worldview. Emphasis is placed on maintaining the highest level of artistic integrity along with strong spiritual foundations in order to prepare students for careers in dance and related fields.

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Data Analytics

  • Bachelor of Science

Make businesses smarter by using large amounts of information to find new opportunities, maximize profitability, and optimize resources. The data analytics program teaches you to research and analyze large data sets to forecast business strategy success rates, find correlations, and identify trends. This degree lays the foundation for you to work in finance, technology, and other business fields.

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Design Minor

  • Minor

A design minor will introduce you to the principles of working with design software and design theory, as well as the critical thinking skills and interpersonal skills unique to the profession of design. Many art majors minor in design to improve their computer design skills and become familiar with the industry, as well as learn how to produce promotional materials as it relates to being a professional artist.

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Dual Bachelor and MBA

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Business Administration

Undergraduate students in the School of Business may apply to take courses at a graduate level which fulfill requirements of the Master of Business Administration (MBA). There are currently three courses (8 credits) designated as Dual Degree courses. Students taking these courses will register for the 5000-level version of the courses, ensuring they are credited toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The three courses are Finance II, Human Resource Management, and Business Ethics.

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Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 3

  • Bachelor of Science

Study under experienced professors who are deeply committed to the integration of a Christian worldview with the profession of teaching. The early childhood education degree will prepare you to teach and engage children from birth to Grade 3 in a public or private setting. This degree will also prepare you for further graduate study.

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Elementary Education

  • Bachelor of Science

Work with caring Christian education experts to inspire the next generation of children in grades K-6 to be creative, compassionate, and to live with moral integrity. The Elementary Education major prepares you to teach and engage young minds in a public or private school setting from grades K-6. This degree will also prepare you for further graduate study.

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Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science

Apply mathematics, science, and engineering to the creative development of solutions in collaboration with other students and Christian faculty. The engineering major is designed with an emphasis in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. Our hands-on, team-based approach introduces engineering concepts through group discussions, laboratory experimentation, and industry-related projects.

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Engineering Management

  • Bachelor of Science

Learn analytical and design skills paired with business acumen from Christian faculty. Learn operations and production issues, and balancing how those impact a firm's financial success. The major is a four and a half year program focused on business and engineering courses, designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in business fields requiring a moderate level of technical skill. You will have the foundation needed to work in civil, electrical, or manufacturing industries.

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English as a Second Language/Elementary Education Dual Licensure

  • Bachelor of Arts

Break down language barriers and learn to integrate diversity in the classroom. The English as a Second Language education (ESL) degree will prepare you to teach English to children in grades K-12 within a public or private school setting. Our Christian literacy experts will prepare you to teach English domestically and internationally. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.

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English Minor

  • Minor

The English minor involves courses in English, literature, linguistics, and literary theory to provide a breadth of knowledge for students interested in the English language.

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English—Linguistics Concentration

  • Bachelor of Arts

Explore the intricacies of language, a major component of being made in the image of God. Apply these skills to learning from ancient texts or reaching out to those who speak contemporary languages. The English major with a concentration in linguistics prepares you to pursue graduate work in linguistics, as well as careers in fields such as intercultural studies, translation, anthropology, and comparative studies. Electives allow you to pursue sub-fields that interest you.

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English—Literature & Writing Concentration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Learn to critique literary texts in three primary genres: creative, expository, and technical. Build a portfolio of both creative and professional writing texts while you sharpen your research and writing abilities. The English major with a concentration in literature and writing prepares you to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as ministry, law, business, teaching, technical writing, publishing, and freelancing.

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English—Literature Concentration

  • Bachelor of Arts

Grow in your passion for Christ as you study Scripture and analyze literature from around the world. Led by Christian literary scholars, you’ll hone your research, close analysis, and writing skills. The English major with a concentration in literature prepares you to analyze and write about American, British, classical, and multicultural literature. Electives allow students to focus on specific authors, genres, periods, and themes.

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English—Writing Concentration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Led by professors who are Christian writers, you’ll build a portfolio of creative and professional texts. Gain a deeper appreciation for literature through the lens of your faith. The English major with a concentration in writing prepares you to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as technical writing, publishing, and freelancing. Electives allow you to pursue the types of writing that interest you the most.

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Entrepreneurship Minor

  • Minor

Designed for students who are planning to start or manage a small business or start-up. The entrepreneurship minor provides a sampling of courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

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Environmental Science and Business

  • Bachelor of Science

Work with biology and business experts to discover how to make a positive impact on God’s creation while making responsible business decisions in a corporate setting. The environmental science and business program prepares you for a career in environmental resource management in an organization that is focused on environmental concerns related to its business practices. This degree lays the foundation for careers in government, business, or environmental industries.

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Environmental Science Minor

  • Minor

The environmental science minor provides you with training in environmental sciences that can be tailored to your needs and professional goals. You can study a variety of courses that give you a wide understanding of the natural and social systems and how they interact. This minor pairs well with the these disciplines: education, psychology, biology, biochemistry, and similar disciplines. This minor is flexible and will provide you with valuable knowledge and experience in environmental studies.

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Event Planning Minor

  • Minor

The event planning minor involves hands-on experiences on and off campus, as well as events-specific knowledge and training for students, and it provides a credential that is offered at very few schools across the nation.

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Finance

  • Bachelor of Science

Learn about economics and business principles while approaching investments from a biblical perspective, recognizing that we are stewards for God's resources. The finance program teaches you about economics, investments, risk analysis, and how to strategize to maximize wealth for individuals and for organizations. This degree prepares you for work in small or large businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, security firms, government agencies, and more.

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Graphic Design

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Discover principles of visual communication and practice creative design as an evolving force behind consumer behavior and social causes. Work with Christian faculty who are graphic design experts with real-world experience. The graphic design program provides the techniques, technology, and critical-thinking strategies necessary for the field of design.

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Health Education Minor

  • Minor

Minnesota teacher licensure requirements, which affect the area of health education, require a full health education major for licensure. The courses included in the health education minor will provide fundamental studies but will not fully qualify an individual for teaching licensure in the area of health education.

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Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

At Northwestern, students will learn, review, and teach together in group settings while participating in advanced internships and working alongside caring faculty. This degree is a solid underpinning to enter the professional world or for graduate study. You will be prepared to pursue a Master in Nursing, Master in Physician Assistant, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master in Nutrition, or Master in Public Health.

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History

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Learn world history, from the world of the Bible and church history, all the way through American and 21st-century world, studying under professors who are consulted internationally for their expertise. The program examines the settings and contexts of some of the most influential events in history and offers a deeper understanding of the Bible and the human experience. Foundation are built for careers in education, law, government, public administration, ministry, business, and other fields.

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History Minor

  • Minor

Discover how history has shaped the world today. The history minor is a great addition for students with other majors. Students can select time periods and topics that are interesting to them.

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Illustration Minor

  • Minor

The illustration minor features principles of art, drawing, etching, screen printing, lithography, digital illustration, figure drawing, and character design to develop a student’s skills in the area of illustration.

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Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Science

Obtain an in-depth understanding of how data and technology work together to drive the business world. The information systems program is designed to give you the tools needed to develop, use, and manage computer-based systems.

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Information Systems Minor

  • Minor

The information systems minor is an introduction to computer systems, including courses on programming, software development, systems design, database management, and computer security.

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Intercultural Studies

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Learn to engage and understand different cultural, ethnic, and religious groups for work and ministry, from seasoned Christian faculty who have served overseas. The intercultural studies major was designed to promote the interest and concern of all students for intercultural ministry both in North America and overseas. This degree lays the foundations for you to live and work all around the globe.

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