The Top 10 Most Popular College Majors

Happy Daylight Saving Time!

We waited all winter for the clocks to jump ahead, and now that we’re finally there, we find ourselves waiting for a bunch of other things: namely, springtime, test scores (anyone SATing on Saturday?), and college decisions.

But you know what? It’s all out of our hands now. We’ve prayed to Punxsutawney (that clearly backfired), studied our hearts out for those standardized tests, and had more stressed-out, binge-eating-ice-cream nights than we care to admit.

If, while you wait around, you get the creeping feeling that you’ve lost all semblance of control in your life, we’ve got just the solution: pick a major. Sure, you probably don’t have to declare till sophomore year—and we’re all for going into college with an open mind—but an early start can’t hurt.

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If you haven’t had your dream job picked out since you were seven (yeah, we’re still working on that astronaut career), we’re here to help. Below is our list of most popular majors, each with a Shmoop Online Course to get you on track before the first day of class.

Top 10 Most Popular College Majors*

1. Psychology

The only major that grows when people are shrinking. See: Psychology of Influence for a slice or Psychology, Semester A for the bigger picture.

2. Biology

Perfect for cell-centered people. See: Biology, Semester A.

3. Business

The major where your business is everyone’s business. See: Financial Literacy.

4. Computer Science

We’re not scary computer hacker nerds, we promise. (And there’s no prior experience necessary thanks to our Digital Literacy course.)

5. Health Sciences

For those who have a healthy obsession with health. See: Body Image and Eating Disorders.

6. English

Book-lovers and grammar queens unite. See: Contemporary Literature…or the zillion other English courses we have.

7. Political Science

The major where students play president. See: Social Contract Theory or Politics and the Media, depending on how old-school or new-school you want to get.

8. Engineering

We hate to break it to you, but if you’re going to be an engineer, you’ll need math. See:Algebra I, Semester A. (Before you get to studying, narrow it down to which type of engineering you’re interested in: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical,Environmental, Mechanical…whatever floats your boat.)

9. Criminology

You have the right to remain silent…but that’s no fun. See: Cyberbullying.

10. Economics

Our econ resources put the “cent” in “incentive.” See: Poverty in America.

Nothing jumping out at you? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got loads more majors for you to consider, each with stats on college life, jobs for the major, and long-term prospects.

Hope the wait is worth it,

Team Shmoop

Quote of the Week

“Now I sometimes fear
coming to the edge of the Forest
and looking past the fence.”

~ The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The least popular major on Shmoop? Forestry. Yeah, puppetry knocked it out of the water. Honestly, we’re not sure what’s scarier: forests or puppets.

*List generated based on most the visited pages on

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