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 computer science.

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 major areas of study.

 

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  • Computer Science

    Description

    The Computer Science major prepares students with an adaptable skill set to respond to the astonishing speed of technological change and develop solutions for the problems of today and tomorrow. Using a student-centered, interdisciplinary, and future-focused approach, the Computer Science major aims to educate the next generation of local leaders who will make a meaningful and lasting societal impact both in Vietnam—one of the most quickly emerging and innovative technology economies in the world—and beyond. As part of the major, students will be exposed to essential areas of the discipline: systems, theory, and applications. They will learn about the underlying mathematical ideas that are critical for computation, establish proficiency in the process of designing programs, gain experience in collecting and analyzing data using modern technologies, and begin to develop an understanding for the role of users in the design of programs and interfaces. Courses* in Computer Science go beyond content to help students learn through direct experiences in projects and problems. They will also have the opportunity to further focus their studies by selecting a concentration, such as pure and applied mathematics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and software engineering. The Computer Science major at Fulbright is designed to prepare students for work in industry or continue their studies in graduate-level programs.

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    * more courses to be added

  • Vietnamese Studies

    Description

    Students of Vietnamese Studies will explore and engage with Vietnam” through time and space, in regional and global contexts, and from transdisciplinary perspectives. As a branch of area studies, Vietnamese Studies offers a starting point from which to proceed beyond national boundaries, and to address comparative research areas, agendas and questions. Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary research in Vietnamese Studies at Fulbright connects classroom learning to events and trends in Vietnamese society and the world at large. By introducing students to various historical and contemporary issues in regional and global contexts, Vietnamese Studies will not only furnish students with new knowledge and new opportunities for critical thinking, but also prepare them for lives as global citizens who will study and grapple with real-world problems in Vietnam and elsewhere. With their deep and broad knowledge of Vietnam, plus their rich experience from inside and outside the country, the students of this program can proudly claim their major as Vietnamese Studies with a focus on [a specific academic discipline].” (Students can choose up to two academic disciplines based on their academic and future career goals with their VSM advisors’ approvals). Earning a Fulbright bachelor’s degree in Vietnamese Studies strengthened by a specific disciplinary focus, plus language and interpersonal skills, students can confidently pursue a wide variety of careers where Vietnam stands as the core in an international network of relationships. For instance, they can serve in journalism, cultural and educational organizations, or research institutes. They can also work for diplomatic or international institutions; tourism and commercial companies; (non-)governmental organizations in Vietnam or overseas that require both broad and deep knowledge of the country. Vietnamese Studies graduates will also be prepared for graduate programs with a specific focus on Vietnam and related fields in overseas universities around the world.

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  • Economics

    Description

    The Economics major provides students with the knowledge necessary to be an engaged participant in the private and public sector, both within and beyond Vietnam’s borders. Economics studies the decisions that individuals, companies, communities, and countries make about the allocation of time, money, and resources. The ways that these decisions are made and how their outcomes affect society raise crucial questions about efficiency and fairness and compel students to think about economics across disciplines within specific historical, political, and cultural contexts. The Economics major at Fulbright prepares students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate studies in economics, finance, accounting, business management, and public policy. The major comprises two tracks: a mathematical economics track, which is recommended for students interested in graduate study in economics and finance; and an applied economics track that prepares students for both graduate work in other fields and for careers in business, government, and civil society organizations.

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  • Psychology

    Description

    The Psychology major aims to develop students capable of understanding the complex issues that individuals and communities face and the behavioral solutions that we can use to improve society. With a focus on the scientific understanding of the human mind and behavior, Psychology is critical for a broad-based education that can complement other fields such as the arts, computing, economics, education, healthcare, and management. The Psychology major will equip graduates with an in-depth understanding of mental functions, emotions, behaviors, and the relationships between the environment and human behavior with a particular focus on mental wellness and resilience. Students in Psychology are equipped for a variety of career paths, such as human and social services, marketing and consumer research, educators, human resource, and social work. Additionally, students will be prepared for graduate study in the discipline or in related fields, such as clinical psychology, social services, educational psychology, and healthcare.

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  • Art and Media Studies

    Description

    The Art and Media Studies major offers a theoretically rigorous and socially engaged approach to art history and the examination of aesthetic expression, situating the arts as an important tool for inquiry into the human condition and as a lever to transform the contemporary world. Students in this inherently interdisciplinary major work across a range of related disciplines, including history, engineering, psychology, and anthropology, to historicize, analyze, and theorize works of art in a variety of media. This approach equips future artists, theorists, critics, historians, and curators with the skills to critique and produce works that speak to social, cultural, and ethical issues on local and global levels. A common introductory course stresses the importance of visual formulation and representation in visual studies, culture, and theory. Other foundational and advanced courses lead, with increasingly intensive study, to deepening knowledge in one or more areas within the arts, such as art history, painting, printmaking, filmmaking, photography, and performance arts. Course offerings draw widely from the creative energy of Vietnam, which is emerging as a cultural and artistic hub in Southeast Asia.

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  • Integrated Science

    Description

    The Integrated Science major is a single, comprehensive program comprising a variety of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Material Science. Today’s most urgent scientific problems – from climate change, to genetic modification, to public health – require an integrated approach. Introducing multiple pathways in the natural science and emphasizing real-world experience, the Integrated Science major prepares students for careers as responsible and innovative scientific leaders and to seek interconnected solutions informed by several scientific disciplines. Students in the Integrated Science major will practice interdisciplinary, computationally oriented, and research-based approaches to scientific discovery, while also pursuing a specific concentration within the natural sciences: Biology, Neuroscience, Materials Science, or Computational Chemistry. The Integrated Science major provides a strong foundation for a career in industry as well as future graduate study.

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  • Literature

    Description

    Literature constitutes the most sustained, rich, and diverse existing record of human thought and experience: imaginative, ethical, philosophical, and political. Emphasizing historical and transnational breadth in literary studies and employing critical, comparative, digital, and historicist methods, the Literature major embraces the range and reach of global literary thought from the vantage of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cultures and traditions. It invites the examination of literary artifacts within their historical contexts, the consideration of ideas within their form of expression, and the analysis of ideological language and its influences on our worldviews. The student of literature learns not only how to read texts with attention to nuance, but how to produce them: how to speak and write well, in both creative and formal formats. In its transnational scope and concern for divergent perspectives, the Literature major also prepares students to engage locally and globally with people whose views and experiences differ from their own. A student obtaining the degree in Literature at Fulbright will be well-equipped for study in graduate programs and for careers in law, policymaking, publishing, journalism, and education.

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  • History

    Description

    History provides students with the foundation necessary to be an engaged citizen in Vietnam and the world. By studying history, students explore the human experience from multiple perspectives, interpret past events and examine their causes, trace the development of civilizations and cultures, and gain insight into the political, social, and economic structures that continue to shape our present. History equips students with a pragmatic and interdisciplinary skillset that emphasizes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, interpreting varied forms of evidence, analyzing patterns within large datasets, and persuasive argument-based writing. The History major also prepares students not only to better understand and analyze current events and engage with peers and colleagues around the world, but also to think deeply about how the past experiences of others can change the way they think about themselves in the present. History offers ideal preparation for future study in graduate and professional schools as well as for careers in public policy, business, consulting, management, law, journalism, and education.

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  • Engineering

    To be announced 

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 (except for those who study Engineering).

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. For example, students may pursue majors in History and Vietnamese Studies, or Economics and Psychology, etc. (Note that students pursuing a double major must complete all requirements for each major. If two majors share a common course requirement, that course can count toward the completion of both majors.)

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.