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.

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
Athletic Training *
Biochemistry
Biology
Business management
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Student Designed
Chemistry
Chinese Studies
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Economics
Education (Elementary)
Education (Secondary)
Engineering
English
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Sustainability
Exercise Science
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Physical Education
  • Strength and Conditioning
French
German Studies
History
Information Systems
International Studies
  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Western European Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics
Music/Music Education
  • Instrumental
  • Vocal
Natural Science
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Self-Designed Studies
  • Allied Health
  • American Studies
  • Arts Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Food Systems
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Health
  • Global Sustainability
  • Not-for-profit Management
  • Sports Management
Social Science
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
Undecided/Exploring
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.

* 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.


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