Majors

An education for a changing future requires more than knowledge from the past. Fulbright’s majors have been designed with this in mind.

Your major empowers you to focus on a topic of your interest, for example economics, Vietnamese studies or artificial intelligence.

With faculty guidance, you will explore your focused topic through a course plan that provides not only deep understanding, but practical opportunities including internships, exchange programs, and a capstone project in your final year that challenges you to apply your knowledge of your major.

More than a list of courses, your major at Fulbright will give you a portfolio of experiences and outputs that prepare you for the future. It also gives you choice and flexibility, without sacrificing the depth necessary to build your expertise for future jobs and graduate school opportunities.

Fulbright students will choose from one or more of the following six major areas of study and within each specify a discipline to focus on.

 

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  • Engineering

    Concentrations: General Engineering, Mechatronics, Materials Science & Engineering

    Engineering applies the principles of science (physics, chemistry and biology) and mathematics to develop appropriate solutions which impact society in a positive way.

    Well-defined problems are framed by asking the right questions. In engineering, students investigate and analyze problems to understand the needs, and then use engineering tools to design things or find solutions.

    Constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability must be considered through the process of engineering.

    Engineering is a suitable major for those students who like creative problem solving through designing or creating solutions.

    Some current big questions in the field of engineering are: Can we engineer better medicines? How do we restore and improve urban infrastructure? How do we make solar energy more economical? How do we provide clean water in rural areas?

    Engineers work and lead in almost every area that affects people – designing smartphones, creating biomaterials, generating renewable energy, learning from data and making better decisions, designing control systems for aircrafts, and building bridges and infrastructure.

    It is a versatile major that allows you to explore the impact of technology in society. Engineers contribute to help build the future.

    Students studying engineering might focus in fields such as mechatronics or general engineering. Within those fields they might focus on topics such as:

    • Environmental Impacts of Microplastics
    • The Role of Engineering in Climate Justice
    • Future of Vietnamese Renewable Energy
    • Automation of Transportation

    With an engineering degree from Fulbright, graduates may go on to enjoy careers at major engineering firms, serve in governmental advising and science roles, consult on infrastructural and industrial projects, and create novel inventions.

     

  • Social Sciences

    Concentrations: Economics, Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology

    The social sciences investigate humans as organisms who create and inhabit our own worlds of meaning. Humans are products of our environments (family, society, religion, country, etc.), but we also produce those environments.

    Social scientists take diverse approaches to studying humanity, from the complex workings of the mind, to human evolution, to the ways in which cultures, societies, governments, and economies operate.

    Students who major in Social Science will be exposed to both research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) and theories about humanity and society.

    Students majoring in the social sciences might focus in fields such as economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, or psychology. Within those fields, students may choose to focus their studies on topics such as:

    Sample Focused Topics:

    • Psychological Impacts of Emerging Technologies
    • Role of Behavioral Economics on Policy Creation
    • Rise of Populism in Political Systems
    • Barriers to Gender Parity in the Workplace

    With a social sciences degree from Fulbright, graduates may enter careers in academia and industry. Many will go on to graduates degrees, as well as teaching and research opportunities in universities worldwide.

    Similarly, they may occupy roles as advisors, psychologists, counselors and educators, policy makers, and NGO managers.

     

  • Mathematics and Computer Science

    Concentrations: Pure and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Data Science

    Where can logical thinking take you? To mathematics and computing. Mathematics and computing are the subjects rooted in logic that consider how consequences must follow from given premises.

    More than just using numbers, both mathematics and computing are about recognizing patterns, articulating clear concepts, and using deductive reasoning to show the necessary conclusions one makes from given inputs.

    Mathematics can lead one to an understanding of the abstract nature of discrete structures (e.g. linear and abstract algebra) or the mysteries of the continuum (e.g. real analysis).

    Computing can allow one to exploit the structures of numbers and logic in order to produce systems, software tools, and apps capable of carrying out complex processes.

    Students majoring in Mathematics & Computer Science will learn the important skills of proving, programming, problem-solving, and/or deep pattern-recognition.

    Courses in Mathematics & Computer Science at Fulbright are designed to go beyond content, to help students learn through direct experiences in projects and problems.

    Students should be ready to get their hands dirty right away when selecting this major area.

    Students majoring in mathematics and computer science might focus in fields including computer science, mathematics, machine learning, or data science. Within those fields they might focus on topics such as:

    • The Potential Applications of Artificial Intelligence
    • User-Driven Computational Design
    • Ethics of Machines and AI
    • Data Science as a Business Tool

    With a mathematics and computer science degree from Fulbright, graduates will find jobs where they can apply and grow their skills.

    Many will go on to pursue graduate degrees and pursue academic research positions, while others may enter diverse industries, major corporations, and technology companies from Silicon Valley to Singapore and of course Vietnam.

     

  • Humanities

    Concentrations: Literature, History, Vietnamese Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Languages

    The humanities study how we document and interpret the human experience. A branch of knowledge that dates to antiquity, the humanities use philosophy, literature, history, religion, arts, and languages to understand and record our world.

    Studying these forms of human expression give us a sense of connection to those who have come before us, an appreciation for other cultures, and a better comprehension of our contemporaries.

    By investigating these diverse subjects, students learn how to think critically and creatively, to reason, and to ask big questions that have wide-ranging and real-world implications.

    For example, learning a foreign language can help us gain deeper insight into cultures far and near. Exploring philosophy helps us think about ethical questions related to practical concerns that we encounter in our daily lives.

    Analyzing literature from another region of the world will help us develop a global understanding of how our times and cultural values affect creative decisions.

    And studying history will help us better think about such questions as the development of political economies, the shifting belief systems of societies, and the mechanics of war, revolution, and reform.

    Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything, the humanities are at the heart of a liberal arts education. They help us understand where we have been as much as they help us envision where we will go.

    Students majoring in humanities might focus in fields such as literature, philosophy and ethics, or religious studies. Within those fields they might focus on topics such as:

    • Ethics in Business
    • Driving Forces of Industrial Revolution
    • Influence of Languages on Vietnamese
    • Impact of Asian Female Authors

    With a humanities degree from Fulbright, graduates may pursue academic opportunities in graduate programs around the globe. They may also support faith-based organizations, lead cultural heritage efforts, and become leaders in the public and private sectors.

     

  • Natural Sciences

    Concentrations: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science

    The natural sciences are united by a commitment to search for testable explanations of natural phenomena and a shared set of methodological tools for conducting such tests.

    The levels of analyses under this umbrella range from the study of subatomic particles, to chemical reactions, cells and molecules, living organisms, oceans and continents, and planets and galaxies.

    Students in the major will further cultivate their scientific identity by honing methodological skills while also developing the core Fulbright competencies.

    Students majoring in the natural sciences might focus in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, or environmental studies. Within those fields they might focus on topics such as:

    • Protecting Marine Ecosystems in the Mekong Delta
    • Assessing Impact of Air Pollution on Vietnamese Youth
    • Developing Low-Cost Sensors for Cancer Screenings
    • Understanding Chemical Influence on Decision-Making

    With a science degree from Fulbright, our graduates will pursue higher education at top graduate programs, as well as join major companies.

    They may take on research, product development, and managerial positions at medical, technology and corporate businesses, take on government advisor roles, and lead science and environmental focused NGOs.

     

  • Arts

    Concentrations: Art History, Aesthetics, Film Theory, Film History, Film and Digital Media Production and Photography

    The arts involve various forms of expression under the broader category of art,” that includes but is not limited to, fine art, art therapy, photography, and film.

    This major views the arts as a way of understanding, critically examining, and changing the world through visual and auditory production.

    The aim of the Arts major is to help create critically- and socially- engaged artists, critics, and curators equipped with the skills to critique and/or produce meaningful artwork.

    Arts students will learn diverse media forms as well as ways to deploy those skills in order to produce and analyze original, compelling, and stimulating works of art that are engaged with larger social, cultural, and ethical issues.

    Students majoring in the arts might focus in areas such as film studies, studio art, or art history. Within those fields they might focus on topics such as:

    • Defining Art and Its Audiences
    • Power of Art Therapy in Post-War Settings
    • Ethics of Art Production in Era of Climate Change

    With an arts degree from Fulbright, our graduates will create and curate new visual and written arts, write and direct innovative films, preserve and teach unique art traditions, and pursue continuing studies at graduate programs around the world.

     

Double Majors

The spirit of Fulbright encourages students to think beyond typical majors and disciplines. To enable this kind of thinking, Fulbright students can choose to double major, blending interests from different disciplines.

Students will work with their faculty advisors to build a set of courses across major areas that allow students to explore their interests in a thorough and diverse way.

While all students are expected to draw on a diversity of courses and ways of thinking for their majors, these double majors will heavily emphasize drawing on complementary areas of study.

The followings are examples of some of the possible double majors students might create:

  • Impact and mitigation of climate change on Ho Chi Minh City (Engineering + Natural Science or Social Science)
  • Vietnamese family practices of historical preservation (Social Science + Humanities)
  • Designing solar panels for energy and homeware (Natural Science + Engineering)
  • Production of socially-responsible works of art (Arts + Humanities)
  • Chemical and biological mechanisms underlying happiness (Natural Science + Social Science)
  • Impact of new forms of agriculture on rural communities (Social Science + Natural Science)
  • Developing engaging arts exhibition spaces (Arts + Engineering)
  • Role of computer software in Vietnamese language teaching (Social Science + Mathematics and Computing)
  • Influence of technology on the creation, acquisition, and distribution of art (Humanities + Arts)
  • Legacy of sustainable architecture from the ancient world (Humanities + Social Science or Natural Sciences)
  • Human dynamics of artificial intelligence (Humanities + Mathematics & Computing or Social Science)
  • Preservation of colonial-era buildings in Ho Chi Minh City (Humanities + Engineering)

Like all of our graduates, Fulbright double-majors will have a vibrant and diverse set of professional opportunities.

They will be uniquely positioned to take on work that demands strong communication, project management, collaboration with many stakeholders, and work on any number of important issues from economic development or education to minority rights and international diplomacy.

 

Our Degrees

As a graduate of Fulbright’s program, you will earn one of three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Letters
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

With a Fulbright degree, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers, as a leader, researcher, entrepreneur, professional — and other careers that have not even been invented yet.

Additionally, a Fulbright degree will prepare you for further studies at top caliber graduate and professional schools throughout the world.