Majors and Minors


Luther College's liberal education balances the breadth symbolized in the general requirements with the depth possible in an individual major. Each major incorporates a body of knowledge, a methodology, applications, and ethical concerns. Each student must complete one major according to catalog specifications, earning a C average (2.00) or better in the number of hours required in the major. The specific requirements for the various majors are listed under each department in the catalog. In most cases students who transfer to Luther as juniors or seniors will be required to complete a minimum of two courses in the major at Luther. All transfer students must consult with the head of their intended major department as soon as possible after entering Luther College to determine what will be required to complete the major at Luther College.

The following majors are described in the catalog: accounting, Africana studies, anthropology, art, athletic training, biblical languages, biology, chemistry, classics, communication studies, computer science, dance, data science, economics, elementary education, English, environmental studies, French, German, health, history, international studies, management, mathematics, mathematics/statistics, music, Nordic studies, nursing, philosophy, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, religion, Russian studies, social work, sociology, Spanish, theatre, and women and gender studies.

A student may also propose an individualized interdisciplinary major, developed in consultation with a faculty advisor. An interested student should obtain an application form from the office of the registrar. An individualized interdisciplinary major proposal should have sufficient depth in at least two of the disciplines involved to achieve a degree of familiarity with the philosophy, methods, and knowledge base which is at least as great as a person minoring would develop. The courses selected should have a coherent relationship to each other, and the proposal should explain the reasons for the courses chosen and how they fit together.

The individualized interdisciplinary major should meet the following criteria:

  1. GPA: Applicants should have at least a 3.00 GPA at the time the proposal is submitted. (A person whose GPA is lower than 3.00 may petition for an exception, providing a rationale for the request.)
  2. Number of credits: The proposed major is expected to have a minimum of 30 credit hours and no more than 40. At least 16 credit hours must be courses numbered above 300.
  3. Approval: The proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor in consultation with the heads of the departments from which the courses are drawn.
  4. Submission date: The proposal must be submitted to the registrar prior to December 1 of the student's junior year.


Students may designate a minor field of specialization, although minors are not required for graduation. The requirements for these academic minors are described in the catalog: Africana studies, anthropology, art, art history, Asian studies, biology, chemistry, classics, classical studies, communication studies, computer science, dance, data science, economics, English, English writing, environmental studies, French, German, health, history, international business, international studies, journalism, linguistics, management, mathematics, museum studies, music, Nordic studies, philosophy, physical education, physics, psychology, religion, Russian studies, secondary education, social welfare, sociology, Spanish, theatre, women and gender studies, K–12 teaching of art, K–12 teaching of health, K–12 teaching of music, and K–12 teaching of physical education. Students must have a C (2.00) average in the number of hours required for the minor.