The academic experience at Saint Louis University is ambitious — and transformational.

You’ll be encouraged to think critically and challenge assumptions. SLU’s Jesuit approach to academics will not only prepare you to be successful but inspire you to change our world for the better.

Professors across SLU are nationally recognized teachers, practitioners, researchers and mentors, so no matter what you decide to study, your academic experience will be rigorous and collaborative.

Majors to consider

Personalize your degree

Your major is only part of what makes your academic experience. Minors let you explore an interest or add expertise that can make you more attractive to future employers.

At SLU, you can choose from more than 100 undergraduate minors, so there’s something to fit just about any academic interest you have. To view a sampling of the unique courses we offer, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page!

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Learn by Doing

A big part of the academic experience at SLU is applying what you’re learning in the classroom in real-world settings, from labs and clinics to internships and service sites.

Research Opportunities From day one

Through work in the lab or field, you can get involved in research as early as your freshman year at SLU. Working with faculty mentors, our students are helping to design more efficient space systems and develop new ways to prevent influenza. They’re traveling to Belize to find solutions for a soaring high school dropout rate and exploring the role health care and criminal justice institutions play in prescription drug abuse.

Looking for an extra challenge?

You may be interested in SLU’s Honors Program. A fit for any major, the University Honors Program offers honors-only classes and smaller, seminar-style classes. In addition to selective internships, independent research projects and study abroad semesters, the program also offers grants for students who want to pursue scholarly research or creative practice projects with the support of a faculty member.

"The thing I love the most about living in the Engineering and Innovation Learning Community is that you get to live on the same floor with the people who will be in your classes for the next four years. This guarantees that you’ll have some amazing friends and resources not only for your first year, but for the rest of college, as well."

Megan Shockley

"The thing I love the most about living in the Engineering and Innovation Learning Community is that you get to live on the same floor with the people who will be in your classes for the next four years. This guarantees that you’ll have some amazing friends and resources not only for your first year, but for the rest of college, as well."

Megan Shockley

You’re up to the challenge

SLU offers many resources to help you set and reach your goals. From academic advising and career planning services to student organizations for students with similar academic interests, SLU’s got you covered.

Many first-year students also join one of SLU’s Learning Communities, which offer a way for students with shared academic goals and interests to live on the same residence hall floors, take classes together and learn from guest speakers and field trips

Scholars Program

At SLU, you don’t have to wait until you finish your bachelor’s degree to start pursuing your career goals. Our Scholars Programs help you find a clear path to post-graduation success. Choose from scholars programs in pre-med, pre-law, business, accounting, pre-physician’s assistant, pharmacy and social work.

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State-of-the-Art Campus Tech

In the new Academic Technology Commons in Pius XII Memorial Library, you’ll find 3D printers, 360-cameras, recording studios, video editing and creation software, along with Idea Labs collaboration spaces.

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Same Amazing SLU Experience fast-tracked

At SLU, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in select academic programs in an accelerated time frame, saving you time and money.

Already thinking about graduate school?

In addition to programs at the prestigious Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University School of Law, SLU offers more than 100 graduate programs to choose from, with many ranked in the nation’s top 50 in their disciplines. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue graduate degrees at other top-ranked institutions.

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Hollywood and History: Storytelling through History and Film

Through the use of storytelling from both history and film, explore the wide diversity of narratives in American culture. Movies and field trips connect the topics to local events and historical sites.

Madonnas, Witches, Rebels: Women and Gender

Explore the work of female Italian writers, thinkers, filmmakers and artists through the lens of gender and feminist theory. Study women’s changing roles and experiences in Italian history, as well as class, ethnic and racial differences among Italian women.

Spirituals, Motown and Hip Hop: African American Social History and Music

The history and evolution of African-American music is rich and complex. Explore music genres within historical time frames to fully understand the origins, growth and development of black music and the experiences of African Americans.

Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Explore the basic techniques of traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing. The course includes reviews of current and historical jewelry concepts. Take part in demonstrations, critiques, projects and concept development.

The New Flamenco Experience

Traditional Spanish dance with a contemporary flair. Learn rumbas, tangos and bulerias, and then show them off at modern flamenco clubs around Madrid, Spain. The perfect choice for a student interested in mastering Spanish dance in only one semester.

Irish Cinema

Focus on how Irish film engages with and complicates familiar Irish cultural issues, including nationalism and postcoloniality; the Catholic / Protestant divide; gender and sexuality; nostalgia and landscape; exile and emigration. In addition to exploring modern Irish history and culture, students study Irish cinema in terms of genre and aesthetics.

Superheroes and Social Justice

Comics allow for a suspension of disbelief that renders philosophical thought experiments about morality not only accessible but riveting. Examine some of the best and most pertinent morality plays the medium has to offer as you learn the fundamentals of bioethics and explore the practical implications for modern health care ethics.

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: Morality Politics in the United States

Morality politics is defined as the legal sanction of right and wrong. Examine the historical foundations of legislating morality in the United States, including the prohibition of alcohol, the war on drugs, capital punishment and same-sex marriage.

Soviet Agents/Spies on Screen: Filming Espionage in the East and West

Explore ways in which Soviet and post-Soviet directors examined Russia’s history of espionage in connection with Russia’s extensive secret police network by comparing their works with those of their Western counterparts in an effort to explore political and cultural dimensions to the portrayal of espionage on screen.

Archaeology

Get an introduction to archeology as a subfield of anthropology, as well as the scientific methods and procedures, tools and techniques used by archaeologists to investigate, reconstruct, interpret, preserve and learn from artifacts, features and ecofacts.

Psychology and the Soul

Consider the intersection between psychology and theological conceptions of the "soul" and "self." Gain the critical means by which to think about the relationship between psychology and religious beliefs and experiences.

A Post-Human Future? The Ethics of Technology

Technological advances are changing the way we understand human nature. This course provides the forum for asking if this is a change for the better. Identify and understand key issues in the development and use of technology.

Latin American Business

Focus on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Latin America and on the activities of multinational corporations therein.

Asian Business

Become acquainted with Asia’s basic business environments, styles and practices of Asian management and the implications of the Asian business environment. Get practical knowledge of the complexity of the business environments of the region and incorporate the analytical skills and strategic thinking into the reality of the Asian markets.

Talent Management

Explore human resource planning, recruitment policies and practices at all organizational levels, including pre-employment selections, interviewing and testing techniques and tools, appraisals and development of employee resources, internal personnel administration and equal employment opportunity affirmative action programs.

Astrodynamics

Explore space environment and two-body problem and get an introduction to orbit mechanics, rigid body dynamics, satellite dynamics, rocket performance and re-entry dynamics.

The Air Force Today

Designed to introduce you to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, this course explores the mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies and other skills.

Airport Planning

Become acquainted with the basic concepts of airport planning and construction, as well as investigation of various community characteristics and resources.

Aviation Weather

This course will provide the fundamentals of meteorological theory with a specific application to aviation and flight. Appropriate weather services that are available to the pilot will be covered.

Spanish Civil Architectural Infrastructure: Ancient and Modern

This study of civil engineering, architectural and construction practices within the Spanish civilization is focused on interrelationships between humans and structures such as aqueducts, canals, dams, bridges and highways. Includes a two-week field trip in the Spanish countryside.

Foundations in Traditional European Cuisine

Get an introduction to the cuisine of Europe with an emphasis on classical French cuisine and the theories, techniques, recipes and formulas for cooking developed principally by Chef August Escoffier. Learn about the production of stocks, sauces, soups and various entrees, along with traditional cooking techniques and knife skills, in hands-on labs.

Human Growth and Development through the Lifespan

Explore the basic theories and principles of development, influences on the developing person, and norms of development from birth through old age, including physical, mental, emotional, social and moral-spiritual characteristics.

Criminology: The Nature of Crime

Begin to understand the nature of crime by exploring theories of why criminals offend, considering both individual and contextual level factors that contribute to or facilitate propensities toward criminal behaviors.

Education of the Exceptional Individual

Study the concept of exceptionality and specifically address the implications of atypical educational development. Explore alternative instructional strategies, educational decision-making, special education resources, inclusive programming, and related issues.

Children’s Literature and Media

Examine a wide variety of literature and media created for children, considering genres, how children’s literature and media is used to develop literacy, notable authors and illustrators, and ways to critically analyze literature and media from diverse perspectives.