Majors and Minors

Connecting theory and practice

At Clark, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of a well-defined field by pursuing a traditional major, such as mathematics or history. You can also break free of conventional intellectual boundaries by choosing one of our interdisciplinary programs, such as innovation and entrepreneurship, or by designing your own major.

No matter which disciplines you choose to explore in greatest depth — computer science or comparative literature, geography or philosophy, management or international development and social change — you’ll dive deeply into intriguing topics, work closely with faculty members and classmates, explore the relationship between theory and practice, and prepare for advanced study and career success in the areas of your choice.

The Major

Each major area at Clark offers unprecedented opportunities to put your knowledge into action and learn through firsthand research and creative work. For example:

  • An environmental science major may take a course that includes lectures by local conservation experts and hands-on training at ecological sites throughout Massachusetts.
  • A biochemistry and molecular biology major might conduct laboratory research, alongside a professor and peers. that is ultimately published in an academic journal.
  • A music major may take a course that involves teaching local elementary school students how to play instruments and explores the relationship between the arts and social action.
  • A geography major with an interest in urban development might complete an internship in a developing nation to help design and create improved public parks and spaces.
  • A media, culture and the arts major interested in journalism might learn firsthand from individuals working at local newspapers about the challenges and responsibilities of an urban reporter.

Majors

How do I start on my major?

You may formally declare your major in the second semester of the first year, and must declare a major by the end of the sophomore year. The number of courses required for a major at Clark can range from 12 to 19. If you are interested in some of the more intensive majors (for example: biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, management, physics), you should begin work in your first semester; however, most students should feel comfortable using their first few semesters to explore various academic disciplines throughout the liberal arts.

Minors and Concentrations

A minor or concentration can be chosen to complement your major, or to provide you with an opportunity to explore a completely different field of study. All major fields of study at Clark (excepting combined languages; media, culture and the arts; and psychology) offer a companion minor. In addition, there are five stand-alone minors that have no major counterpart: creative writing, education, German studies, innovation and entrepreneurship, and marketing. You can also choose from 12 interdisciplinary, formal concentrations. 

Minors and Concentrations

How do I start on my minor and/or concentration?

You must declare your intention to complete a minor or concentration by the end of your junior year. Minors and concentrations require the completion of a minimum of six courses.

Need help deciding?

If you are undecided about your academic direction, your summer and pre-major adviser will be able to help. You can also consult the Academic Advising Handbook for Students [PDF].