Majors & Career profiles

BYUH Majors




Arts & Humanities programs draw on the established methodologies of social science and humanistic training, whether this takes the form of historical, linguistic, or cultural inquiry, or from active participation in the visual and performing arts.

  1. Art - Painting, Graphic Design, Education


  • Key Features of a Art (Painting) Major

  • Painting: Students will learn principles of visual communication and drawing and painting techniques as a means to image creation and artistic expression. Graphic Design: Students will learn design concepts and principles for visual problem solving and communication in an aesthetic and creative way.


  • Career Options with a Art (Painting) Major

  • The Art major prepares students for many visual art and humanity-related careers and provides a solid foundation for art and design graduate programs. Studio art majors can specialize in one of two media tracks (graphic design, or painting). Students in the graphic design track are trained as graphic designers in digital and print media for branding, publication, and web design, including additional skills in illustration, photography, and video. Students in the painting track are trained to work as self-employed freelance artists, with the skills necessary to develop gallery exhibitions.

  1. Communication Studies


  • Key Features of a Communication Studies Major

  • encourages you to think, speak and write clearly. Because communication involves interacting with others, the courses you’ll be taking require you to communicate in a variety of public, small group and performance-style settings. You will be encouraged to become an ethical communicator, to view events from multiple perspectives, to understand the multicultural influences of communication in today's world and to question the basic problems of human communication in order to understand self, others and events.


  • Career Options with a Communication Studies Major

  • A major in Communication Studies provides a rigorous degree that prepares students for graduate professional programs in business and public administration, public relations, journalism, as well as for graduate academic programs in fields such as communication studies, media studies, American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs.


  1. Cultural Anthropology


  • Key Features of a Cultural Anthropology Major

  • Provides students with a foundation in the study of culture, particularly in cultural systems, narratives and performances, globalization, political and economic systems, religion, ethnography, applied anthropology, etc. Students who study cultural anthropology find employment opportunities in international organizations (i.e., U.N.), government agencies, corporations, historical/cultural associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


  • Career Options with a Cultural Anthropology Major

  • Education/Outreach, Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management (CRM), Historic Preservation, Museum/Curation/Project Design, Community Development, Business Advocacy (human rights/social justice)Tourism/Heritage, Human/Social Services, Healthcare Management/Services/Deliver, Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training, International Development/AffairsMarket Research
    Forensics, Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Mass CommunicationHumanitarian Efforts.


  1. English / English - Education


  • Key Features of a English  Major

  • The English major gives broad preparation in critical thinking and communication, helping students to become better writers and speakers and to approach problems analytically. Students will work to read texts closely and provide evidence for well-written claims. They will encounter texts from a variety of time periods and genres and build strong skills in the English language.


  • Career Options with a English  Major

  • Teaching, medical humanities, Critical analyst, Communications specialist, Journalism, Publisher.

  1. Hawaiian Studies


  • Key Features of a Hawaiian Studies Major

  • Provides students with a foundation in Hawaiian culture and history


  • Career Options with a Hawaiian Studies Major

  • Aboriginal Hawaiian-serving government agencies (e.g., Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Office of Hawaiian Affairs), Aboriginal Hawaiian-serving Organizations (e.g., Kamehameha Schools), Education (e.g., as Teacher’s Aides, Administrative support, mainstream K-12 in Hawaiian communities, higher education).
    Environmental Science
    Healthcare in aboriginal communities (e.g., rural Comprehensive Health Center, Papa Ola Lōkahi, etc.)
    Natural Resource Management


  1. History / History - Education


  • Key Features of a History Major

  • Understand the past to forge the future.  Courses prepare students to understand the relevance of history and the principles of historical inquiry from local, national, and global perspectives.


  • Career Options with a History Major

  • Exhibit designer / content creator, customer success manager, business analyst, growth hacker, product marketing, PR manager, internal communications, content strategist, web developer, journalist and branded content, project manager, competitive analysis.


  1. Integrated Humanities


  • Key Features of a Integrated Humanities Major

  • Students will be able to learn the arof of seeing and listening through cross-cultural themes. Develop the ability to see and listen. To develop the ability to see and listen creatively to a variety of visual and musical expressions around the world, and make relevant applications to life experiences. Emphasis given to understanding art and music within a variety of cultural and historical contexts globally.  


  • Career Options with a Integrated Humanities Major


  1. Intercultural Peacebuilding


  • Key Features of a Intercultural Peacebuilding Major


  • Students will learn foundational theories about cultural interaction, community building, cross cultural leadership and conflict resolution. Develop and demonstrate a practical skill set to effectively manage, resolve and transform intercultural interaction and conflict.Give meaningful, high impact service back to the community with an eye toward creating and preserving intercultural understanding.

  • Career Options with a Intercultural Peacebuilding Major

  • Communication Coordinator/Assistant, Community Development Organizer, Congressional or Legislative Aide Educator, Human/Civil Rights Officer, Journalist, Media Critic/Specialist, Program Assistant/Associate/Coordinator, Public Advocate/Activist, Public Relations Officer, Research Assistant, Speechwriter


  1. General Music

  • Key Features of a General Music Major

  • Through rigorous training, students are equipped to perform artistically, to teach effectively, and to provide music leadership in the Church and in the community. In addition to the Western tradition in music, students also learn cultural sensitivity through contact with diverse world music cultures.


  • Career Options with a General Music Major

  • Arts administrator, Broadcast engineer, Community arts worker, Event manager, PPC specialist, Radio broadcast assistant, Radio producer, Theatre stage manager.


  1. Pacific Island Studies


  • Key Features of a Pacific Island Studies  Major

  • Pacific Islands Studies is an interdisciplinary major. It focuses on current issues of the lands and peoples of the Pacific Islands region. It offers students the opportunity to learn skills in critical thinking, oral presentation and research writing while understanding the Pacific Islands in both a regional and global setting. Students of Pacific Islands Studies are able to continue graduate study or enter the work force in a variety of areas, where an intimate knowledge of Pacific issues can be an advantage. This is especially enhanced when the student takes a minor in another discipline.


  • Career Options with a Pacific Island Studies  Major

  • Environmental Activist, Group Home Worker/Supervisor, Historical Preservation, Planner, Historic Site Administrator, Historic Site Interpreter Insurance Agent, Insurance Broker, International Organization Official, Journalist, Labour, Organizer, Lawyer, Legal Assistant, Life Insurance Underwriter, Management, Trainee, Market Analyst, Market Researcher, Market Trend Forecaster, Media, Consultant, Media Researcher, Museum Curator Planner, Historical Researcher, Librarian, Lecturer, Library Reference Coordinator, Museum Researcher, Parks Educational Programmer

  1. Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages


  • Key Features of a Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages Major

  • English is the language of international communication in business, higher education, science, technology, travel, as well as in the Church, and hundreds of millions of people are in need of prepared English language teachers.


  • Career Options with a Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages Major

  • Teacher


  1. TESOL Education


  • Key Features of a TESOL Education Major

  • The TESOL program emphasizes practical preparation for teaching and provides students with a variety of experiences leading toward this goal. Certifying to teach in American public schools is another highly-recommended option (TESOL Education major)

  • Career Options with a TESOL Education Major

  • Director or administrative staff for an English as a second language (ESL) program, Developer of English language materials with a private company, Academic adviser with an educational institution, Government agency adviser, Private language arts tutor, Administrative or teaching staff at an English language center.




Math & Sciences programs' primary purpose is to engage students in learning and understanding pure and applied mathematics, algorithms, and/or scientific thinking.  We define scientific thinking as a pattern of following the scientific method using quantitative, evidence-based reasoning and the formulation of testable explanations and predictions about the universe and our existence within it.


  1. Biochemistry  


  • Key Features of a Biochemistry Major

  • The Biochemistry minor provides students with a foundational knowledge of general chemistry as related to biological systems and then progressing to learn organic chemistry and finishing with biochemistry.  This minor is rigorous and lab intensive and it is recommended for students with strong interest and aptitude for math and lab-based science.


  • Career Options with a Biochemistry Major

  • Analytical chemist, Biomedical scientist, Biotechnologist, Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry, Clinical research associate, Forensic scientist, Nanotechnologist, Physician associate.

  1. Biology / Biology Education


  • Key Features of a Biology Major

  • Students in the Biology Program may earn a B.S. in Biology and can opt for an emphasis in one of three categories: Marine Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Biomedical Sciences. If a student wishes to obtain a specific emphasis within our Biology program, a group of required courses must be completed within the 60 credit Biology degree plan. This major is rigorous and lab intensive and it is recommended for students with strong interest and aptitude for lab-based science.


  • Career Options with a Biology Major

  • Biotechnologist, Higher education lecturer, Marine biologist, Microbiologist, Nanotechnologist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Physician associate.

  1. Chemistry - Education


  • Key Features of a Chemistry - Education Major

  • This major is designed for students planning to attend medical, dental or pharmacy school, to do graduate work in medicinal chemistry or biochemistry, or to seek employment in industry.
    The Chemistry Bachelor of Science (B.S.) provides a rigorous and comprehensive foundation in chemistry by placing emphasis on science and mathematics.

  • Career Options with a Chemistry - Education Major

  • Analytical chemist, Chemical engineer, Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry, Forensic scientist, Nanotechnologist, Pharmacologist, Research scientist (physical sciences), Toxicologist.


  1. Computer Science


  • Key Features of a Computer Science Major

  • prepares students to solve technical problems using algorithms, mathematics and software. A significant focus is on software development, which touches virtually every human endeavor. Students in computer science learn how to approach complex problems found in science, business, math, medicine, transportation, and entertainment. Students are prepared to research new areas where computers may have a positive impact.


  • Career Options with a Computer Science Major

  • graduates are found performing software development tasks for companies of all sizes worldwide. Students also find industry-specific career opportunities solving technical problems in business, health care, government, education, and communications using the tools of a computer scientist. Students are also prepared for graduate studies.

  1. EXS-Biomedical Science, Health and Human Performance, Sports and Wellness Management, Education


  • Key Features of a EXS-Biomedical Science Major

  • The department’s overall objective is to develop men and women of sound mind, body, and spirit who will have an influence upon society in developing healthy lifestyles of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness and being.


  • Career Options with a EXS Major

  • Exercise physiologist, Fitness centre manager, Personal trainer, Secondary school teacher, Sports administrator, Sports coach, Sports development officer, Sports therapist. Fitness consultant, Personal trainer, Conduct Gutbusters and other weight loss programs
    Corporate fitness testing, Public health assessment.

  1. Information Technology


  • Key Features of a Information Technology Major

  • prepares students to design, install, manage and maintain the computing systems on which organizations depend. By integrating current technologies, solutions to real world situations are created. IT focuses on systems administration, networking, databases, human-computer interaction and security to build effective, user-friendly systems. IT also prepares students to understand user needs and communicate technical issues.


  • Career Options with a Information Technology Major

  • graduates work in virtually all types of organizations. They design, install and maintain computing infrastructures including servers, networking, network security, embedded systems, and digital communications. Career opportunities exist in business, health care, government, education, and communications.

  1. Mathematics - Pure,  Applied, Education


  • Key Features of a Mathematics - Pure Major

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Algebra and Trigonometry, as well as Integral, Differential and Multivariable Calculus necessary for success in advanced mathematical studies. Demonstrate content knowledge of both abstract and applied mathematical disciplines by stating definitions, salient theorems, and proofs of major theorems and concepts that are core content in upper division courses. Organize and explain their knowledge of logic and mathematical content in the structure of original valid proofs.


  • Career Options with a Mathematics - Education Major

  • The mathematics major prepares students for careers in teaching, government service, industry, and research, or graduate study in mathematics. The student has two options: mathematics major and the mathematics education major. The student has three options: BS in Mathematics, pure track, BS in Mathematics, applied track, and the Mathematics Education major.

  1. Physics - Education


  • Key Features of a Physics - Education Major

  • The Physics Education program offered in the secondary education teacher education program is designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom oriented knowledge base in Physics. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the School of Education, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach Physics in grades 7 through 12 in public or private schools.


  • Career Options with a Physics - Education Major

  • Accelerator Operator, Applications Engineer, Data Analyst.
    Design Engineer, High School Physics Teacher, IT Consultant, Lab Technician, Laser Engineer.

  1. Political Science


  • Key Features of a Political Science Major

  • Political Science is the study of power and how human beings organize their public life. Political Science majors typically leave their undergraduate education prepared to enter graduate study, law school, business careers, and a host of other opportunities. Often times, political science majors serve their nations and the world through government service.  They learn valued skills, such as qualitative and quantitative analysis, written and oral communication, and critical thinking and graduate prepared to work and serve in a rapidly changing world.


  • Career Options with a Political Science Major

  • The Political Science Department offers an undergraduate degree in political science for students preparing for graduate degrees in related fields, professional degrees (law or business), a wide range of public service occupations (local, state, federal, or Foreign offices), or countless posts in organizations seeking to influence public policy.  The degree also serves the liberal arts students interested in an undergraduate major that focuses on challenging questions facing modern society.


  1. Psychology


  • Key Features of a Psychology Major

  • Psychology is the study of the human mind, emotions, and behavior. Psychologists observe and record the way humans and animals communicate and relate to each other and to their environments. They observe behavior, make predictions, and test hypotheses scientifically. Psychology seeks to answer important questions concerning human identity, feelings, and the reasons for behavior.


  • Career Options with a Psychology Major

  • Many psychology majors engage in varieties of social service, teaching, and administration. Psychologists engage in a variety of academic roles as teachers, researchers, and administrators and also provide counseling, clinical, and consulting services to individuals and organizations. Psychologists are employed by colleges and universities, public and private schools, clinics, and hospitals. They work in private practice and for corporations and government entities. The study of psychology has particular value for family life and for civic and cultural roles generally. The psychology major provides a well-informed perspective on human and organizational behavior in preparation for occupations in law enforcement, law, or business.



Professional Studies programs cover a wide range of disciplinary areas. They share a practical focus in helping students be well prepared for active social and civic engagement and to have the skills to help organizations and people learn and succeed.


  1. Accounting


  • Key Features of a Accounting Major

  • known as the language of business, prepares students for positions in public accounting, private business, or for graduate study in accounting, administration, or business programs. The program is designed to develop communication skills and to enhance the student's ability to analyze and solve problems using various technologies in a dynamic accounting and business environment.


  • Career Options with a Accounting Major

  • The curriculum provides students with a broad business background and the opportunity to receive training in a wide variety of accounting areas including financial and managerial accounting, auditing, information systems, international accounting, and taxation.


  1. BUSM


  • Key Features of a BUSM Major

  • provides students with a broad understanding of the relationships between cultures, business firms, governments, customers, and societies. The program prepares students to be contributing and successful members of the business community.


  • Career Options with a BUSM Major

  • graduates are prepared for administrative careers in both domestic and international organizations. Students typically find jobs in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Specific job descriptions are many and varied. Some examples are: banker, consultant, financial analyst, credit analyst, real estate broker, financial planner, business systems consultant/analyst, sales representative, account executive, research specialist, marketing director, digital marketing manager, marketing analyst, management trainee, buyer, merchandiser, production manager, technical customer support, inventory manager, logistics manager, materials supervisor and so on.

  1. Hospitality and Tourism Management


  • Key Features of a Hospitality and Tourism Management Major

  • prepares students for collectively the largest industry in the world economy and the primary industry in most of the Pacific basin. There is a continuing and growing demand in this industry for persons with a broad range of academic and professional skills.


  • Career Options with a Hospitality and Tourism Management Major

  • graduates are prepared for positions of responsibility in hotels, resorts, food service operations, cruise ships, clubs, cultural, recreational businesses, convention and visitor bureaus, and tourism development agencies.


  1. Information Systems


  • Key Features of a Information Systems Major

  • prepares students to help organizations achieve competitive advantage through acquisition, deployment, and management of information systems resources and services. Students learn to develop the computer-based systems and technology infrastructure used in organizational processes. The effective and efficient use of information and communications technologies is vital to virtually all businesses and non-profit organizations.


  • Career Options with a Information Systems Major

  • graduates work in organizations of all types and sizes. They help leverage the investment in technology for the strategic advantage of businesses and non-profit organizations. IS professionals serve as the bridge between an organization's technical and business operations. Employment opportunities are abundant and include areas such as systems analysis, software project management, and enterprise database design. Students are also prepared for graduate studies.


  1. Social Work


  • Key Features of a Social Work Major

  • Social work is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to this goal. Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and technologies to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; providing counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in relevant legislative processes


  • Career Options with a Social Work Major

  • state departments of human services, mental health and developmental disabilities services, children's service agencies, halfway houses, nursing homes, area wide agencies on aging, agencies serving battered women, rape crisis centers, child-care centers, etc. At the practice setting, the generalist social work practitioner takes on various roles such as: social broker, case manager, advocate, counselor, mediator, and educator.