Areas of Interest

Find Your Path to Success

Oakton's academic programs are organized in eight areas of interest to help you explore your potential based on your interests and passions. Explore the academic areas below to learn more about the certificates, degrees and special programs offered within each category.

Your college experience is just one chapter of your larger story, and Oakton is dedicated to making sure you are getting the most out of your time. Once you've explored our 80-plus subject areas, get in touch with an Oakton academic advisor to get started. Your academic advisor is here to help you build a plan to reach your educational and career goals, even if you plan to take just a few classes or transfer to another college after Oakton.


Computer and Information Technology

Careers in computer science and engineering start here.

Fine, Performing, and Applied Arts

Express yourself with graphic design, music programs and more.

Health Careers and Nursing

Study diverse disciplines in healthcare and nursing.

Humanities and Languages

Discover human behavior, language studies and more.

Manufacturing, Facilities, and Automotive

Explore facilities, HVAC and manufacturing management.

Public and Professional Business Services

Start a career in business, economics and financial services.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

In-demand STEM careers in engineering, physics and more begin here.

Social and Behavioral Science and Education

Become an educator, a student of social justice or a political scientist.

Online and Distance Learning

Today's students pursue a college education in many ways. Oakton is dedicated to being flexible as the ways we grow and learn continue to evolve. We offer hybrid course programs with online and offline elements and programs that are online only. Learn about our remote learning programs and requirements for online and distance learning at Oakton.

Explore Remote Learning

Special Programs

Getting the most out of your college education means taking advantage of unique and special programs like study abroad opportunities and Honors programs. Oakton's diverse offering of special interest programs sets us apart from other community colleges by providing our students with distinctive experiences only found here.

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Personal and Professional Development

Continue your education, complete a high school GED program or advance your career.

See Continuing Education

Classes That Fit Your Life

Becoming who you want to be is not a one-size-fits-all experience, and Oakton knows that your academic journey will be uniquely you. That's why our programs and courses range from certificates to full-fledged degrees with flexibility in mind. International students, parents with families, first-generation college registrants and adult students revisiting college after a break are all welcome at Oakton.

Find Your Passion

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