Majors and Minors
Mathematics is the study of pattern and quantity. Our students learn problem solving, critical thinking, the power of abstract and logical reasoning, and the precise expression of ideas, preparing them to take on demanding, quantitative tasks in a variety of fields. Careers in mathematics and closely aligned fields are consistently at or near the top of the Wall Street Journal’s ”Best Jobs” rankings. The value of advanced mathematical skills in economics, biology, genetics, medicine, education, law, and finance, also means that mathematics majors are uniquely prepared for careers or graduate studies in a wide range of disciplines.
Xavier University students may choose from a variety of mathematics-related programs to serve their individual needs:
The Mathematics major provides students with a broad foundation for the study and application of higher mathematics, enabling them to argue logically and rigorously, think abstractly, formulate and solve problems, analyze data, and create and analyze models of real-world phenomena. Because such skills are so widely valued, mathematics majors benefit from a surprisingly wide range of career options.
The actuarial science program is an interdisciplinary major that will provide students with the mathematical, statistical, computational, and business background to succeed in the actuarial field. Using mathematical and statistical methods, actuarial science assesses and manages risk and uncertainty, and it is particularly valuable in the insurance and finance industries that offer financial security and peace of mind regardless of the uncertainty in daily life.
This interdisciplinary program provides students with the benefits of a degree in Mathematics enhanced by a strong Economics background. Combined skills in Mathematics and Economics are increasingly valuable in industry and government, and this program expands opportunities for post-graduation employment as well as prepares students for graduate study in Economics and related fields.
Students who wish to be licensed to teach secondary (high school) Mathematics declare a major in Mathematics and a minor in Professional Education. Our department collaborates closely with the School of Education to provide a program tailored to prepare students for a teaching career.
Quantitative, computational, and analytical skills may complement and enhance any major program of study in a world in which technology extends into nearly all academic and professional disciplines. Interested students may choose one of three minors through which they are encouraged to investigate the connections between their major program and the quantitative sciences.