Northern Illinois University Your Future, Our Focus
From STEM fields to the arts and quite a bit in between, choose from over 100 courses of study. Explore the programs below to start building an academic experience based on who you are today, and what you want to become tomorrow.
Pair your major with a minor or certificate to match your interests. Then, check out our NIU PLUS programs that help make sure your general education, hands-on learning activities and even your part-time job give you the competitive edge you need when you graduate.
If you re still not sure about what you d like to study, our Academic Advising Center can help you explore your interests and build an academic experience as unique as you are.
Whatever you choose, we know you ll come ready to take on the world. We ll help you leave ready to change it.
And it all starts here. When you re ready, apply for admission and begin to bring your future into focus with NIU.
Educator licensure is available. Students planning to teach in senior high schools must major in a subject area.
To succeed, businesses need people skilled at recording, summarizing, reporting and analyzing financial transactions. Accounting students learn those skills, as well as how to interpret and communicate financial information in ways that help companies assess trends and make strategic decisions. You will graduate prepared for careers in public accounting such as auditing, taxation, internal audit, government accounting and many other fields. Many students choose to earn a master s degree in leadership or taxation.
Anthropologists seek to understand who we are as humans. While archaeologists and biological anthropologists search for clues about the past, cultural and linguistic anthropologists are on a quest to understand the richness of human diversity. Our anthropology program will prepare you for an exciting career involving our increasingly multicultural world and global economy. Careers might include teaching, research, marketing, community service or nonprofit management. Additionally, corporations are increasingly relying on anthropological research to connect with consumers. Employment in this field is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate in coming years.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, Training and Evaluation is designed to provide students with occupationally-relevant skills and knowledge in the area of instructional design and assessment, training and learning media development, and human performance technology.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management with an emphasis in Public Service gives police officers, fire officers and first responders the skills and knowledge needed for public-sector leadership in a rapidly changing world.
Designed for professionals with Associate of Applied Science degrees in criminal justice, law enforcement, fire science and emergency management, this degree builds on foundational knowledge and takes it to the next level, providing new pathways for career advancement and further education.
Studying art means you ll learn analytical skills to examine and solve problems through the arts. This degree allows you to focus on art, humanities, and technology, preparing you for opportunities in emerging technologies, complex systems, and creative markets. You may choose to pursue a bachelor of arts degree, which emphasizes the humanities, or a bachelor of science degree emphasizing math, science and technology.
Art educators share their creativity to develop artistic aptitude and arts appreciation in others. Students pursuing this degree develop skills to advocate for art in schools, working with diverse students, attitudes, and cultures. This degree prepares you for work in multiple fields, including teaching in K-12 and community settings, museum and gallery management, and higher education.
Art history looks at the ways we communicate through images and the built environment. Art historians ask: Why has art been so important in the past, how does it affect our present, and how will it shape our future? This field draws information from several areas including history, philosophy, literature, language, science, religion, and technology. It is closely connected to anthropology, archeology, and cultural studies. Art History graduates pursue opportunities including teaching college; curatorial and related education work in museums; and research.
It takes highly skilled health professionals to keep athletes of any age on the field. Athletic Training majors go on to work with the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries in a wide range of settings including sports, education, health care, military and the performing arts. Graduates hold positions in some of the most prestigious professional sports programs, universities and hospitals throughout the Midwest and the Nation.
Biology is a diverse and rapidly expanding field that addresses issues relevant to health, industry and the environment. Biologists are responsible for new discoveries in such areas as agriculture, medicine, molecular biology and the evolution of species. As the pace of discovery accelerates, the number of career opportunities increase as well.
Our program will prepare you to work in a variety of biological areas; for graduate study in a biological discipline; and for medical, dental, veterinary and other professional schools. With additional coursework and student teaching, you can also be certified to teach at the middle- and high-school levels.
Business leaders call on their broad-based skills to pursue opportunities in today s business society. Students in this major study all of the core functional areas of business, including accountancy, finance, management, marketing, and operations and information systems. Graduates pursue opportunities in a wide variety of professional roles in multiple industries, including sales, logistics analyst, and manager in training.
Virtually everything we do involves chemistry, which can be used to improve our health, lives and environment. NIU ranks among the top universities for the number of American Chemical Society-certified bachelor s degrees awarded annually.
Most chemists work in research, with about two-thirds of our graduates working at for-profit businesses. Once you earn your degree, you could find yourself working with a cosmetic company, medical laboratory, petroleum company, utility, pharmaceutical business, chemical manufacturer or environmental-assessment firm. You also could work in government, education, nonprofits or research foundations or go on to pharmacy, medical or graduate school.
In a digital era when oral and written communication skills are more important than ever before, a major in communication studies provides cutting-edge insights valuable for professional careers.
Communication Studies offers emphases in rhetoric and public communication, media studies or organizational/corporate communication, as well as a major in journalism (see separate entry). Program graduates go on to careers in such areas as social media management, technical writing, public relations, film, publishing, advertising, marketing, corporate media production and web programming and design. Many graduates also pursue advanced degrees.
A degree in Communicative Disorders provides you with information about normal speech, language and hearing development, and is often the first step toward becoming an audiologist, a rehabilitation counselor or a speech-language pathologist. If you choose not to pursue a graduate degree, our program will provide a strong foundation for careers in human services, education, and other health care fields.
NIU s Computer Science Department has a long history of successfully educating computer professionals. We keep pace with industry demands for well-trained graduates who are ready to assume vital roles in the field of information technology.
With a computer science degree, you could work in a variety of areas, such as a programmer, information systems manager, game programmer or database administrator. You ll find our alums working in business, high-tech industries and research organizations. Companies that recruit our graduates range from IBM and Microsoft to Abbot Labs, McDonald s Corporation and Wells Fargo.