Academics

Central students in a campus lab

An Education That Opens Doors

Central College offers a variety of academic programs. Our liberal arts curriculum prepares you for your future with deep knowledge in your major. You'll also take part in lively conversations from your own perspective while growing and stretching as you consider the many diverse disciplines and perspectives around you.

Find Your Major

More than just a degree

Central students in cap and gown after Commencement

When you graduate from Central, you'll leave with critical thinking, communications and cultural skills that can take you further than you ever dreamed.

You'll discover how to disagree while maintaining a spirit of collaboration and camaraderie. You'll also find the value of considering unexpected and new ideas.

Central’s Commitments

Central guarantees incoming students who meet certain basic criteria the following opportunities:

  • Graduation in Four Years
  • An Internship, Job Shadowing or Community Service Experience
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Take Your Résumé to the Next Level

Central College students gain vital real-world experience during internships, which often leads directly to future careers. Many take on three or four internships over semesters and summers. These learning opportunities provide a competitive edge in job and graduate school placement.

Central College can connect you with more than 500 internship sites across the U.S. and around the world including:

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • British Parliament
  • CBS News
  • Detroit Lions
  • John Deere
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mental Health America
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Paramount Studios
  • Pella Community Schools
  • Pella Corporation
  • Pfizer
  • Principal Financial Group
  • The White House
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Vermeer Corporation
Central Students at Internship Fair

Majorly Obsessed With Your Future

Major Minor
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Anthropology (Cultural)
Art
Art History
Biochemistry (B.A. or B.S.)
Biology
Business Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Student Designed
  • Teacher Education
Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.)
Communication Studies
Computer Science
  • Data Science
Economics
Education (Elementary)
Education (Secondary)
Engineering (B.S.)
English
  • Writing
Entrepreneurship
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
French and Francophone Studies
German Studies
Global Health
Global Sustainability
History
Information Systems
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Management Information Systems
International and Global Studies
Kinesiology (Exercise Science)
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Personal Training
  • Physical Education
Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Secondary Education
Music
Music Education
  • Instrumental
  • Vocal
Musical Theatre
  • Acting/Directing
  • Design/Tech
Natural Science
Not-For-Profit Management
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Studies
  • World Religions
Self-Designed Studies such as:
  • Allied Health
  • American Studies
  • Arts Management
  • Data Science (minor)
  • Food Systems
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Visual Communication
Social Science
Sociology
Spanish
Strength and Conditioning
Writing
Theatre (Musical Theatre)
  • Acting/Directing
  • Design/Tech
Undecided / Exploring

* Central's athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE accreditation effective July 1, 2022.

Pre-Professional Programs
Athletic Training
Chiropractic
Dentistry
Law
Medicine
Ministry
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Optometry
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Podiatric Medicine
Public Health
Veterinary Medicine

The Central Difference

At Central, we're dedicated to helping you meet your goals on time, no matter where you want your college path to lead.

The close-knit Central community — your fellow students, professors and alumni — all contribute to your success.


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