Fields of Study

There are thousands of colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer undergraduate degree programs. The U.S. higher education system has programs available to meet everyone's need.

One of the most attractive features of the bachelor's degree program in the United States is that it is highly flexible. You can choose from a wide variety of courses and create your own unique program of study. You can apply to U.S. universities as "undecided" about your major (field of study). Under the "liberal arts and sciences philosophy", you have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of subjects during the first 1-2 years, before specializing in your major field of study. Students who already know what they want to study can complete a "double major," degrees in two academic fields often completed within the normal four years of study or a "major" and a "minor".

Although you do not have to decide your major at the time of application, you will want to make sure the university offers degrees in your areas of interest.

Unlike in India, degrees in law and medicine are not offered at the undergraduate level American students study law and medicine at the graduate level after earning a bachelor's degree. Neither graduate program requires a specific undergraduate degree, although medicine has prerequisite courses that must be taken before enrollment.

Download the handouts below for information about applying to some of the most common fields of study in the U.S.

Common Fields of Study in the U.S.:


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