List of 200 College Majors: Which Is Right For You?

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With so many majors and programs available, how do you know which one is the best pick for you? It can be hard to decide when you’re still in high school, honing your interests and figuring out your career goals.

 

But, knowing what major you’re interested in can play a role in determining the right college for you – so it’s an important factor to consider. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 200 college majors. 

 

NB: Few schools offer all the majors on this list. Use our school-search tool to find colleges with the program that interests you.

 

How to Pick a Major

 

So, among these 200 majors (and more, if you can find them), how do you decide on a program? Here are factors to consider.

 

Your personal interests, strengths, and experiences

 

This combination of factors is probably most important in finding the right major for you. What are your passions? Where do you thrive? What have you achieved in both your academic and extracurricular life? While you can certainly change course in college and try something new, your background can play a pivotal role in shaping your path forward.

 

Your career goals

 

Hand-in-hand with your passions are your career goals. What do you want to do after you graduate? While some students end up pursuing careers that are wholly unrelated to their majors in college, others adhere to the same path and find that their undergraduate programs provide ample preparation for their careers.

 

The requirements

 

Of course, just because a program seems appealing to you doesn’t mean it’s without its hitches. When you ultimately declare a major in college, you will have looked at the requirements, but it’s also a good idea to study up on what’s typically required while you’re still applying. Take a look at requirements for the same major across different colleges, too, because they often vary, depending on the school. This can also help you narrow down your college list.

 

The Return on Investment (ROI)

 

In today’s competitive job market, ROI is critical — especially since college is so expensive. Often, you can find data on how many graduates from a particular program find employment within a certain period of time after graduating. You can also find statistics on the earning potential for specific majors. While this shouldn’t be the sole determining factor in choosing a major — after all, graduates of different majors often go into a variety of careers — it’s certainly something to consider.

 

Will Your Major Impact Your College Chances?

 

Usually, your choice of major won’t have much of an effect on your overall chances of admission to a specific college. One exception is if the college has particularly selective programs or schools that you need to apply to directly. For example, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business tends to be more selective than the larger university and some other colleges or schools within it, so if you choose to apply to this school, then it will impact your chances of admission.

 

We advise against trying to apply under a supposedly “easier” major that you believe offers higher chances of admission just because you think you’re more likely to get in. Adcoms are likely to see through this tactic because the major you select won’t align with your profile. Also, bear in mind that at some colleges, such as Cornell University, it can be difficult to transfer internally after you’re accepted if the major you really wanted is in another school within the larger institution.

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Ultimate List of College Majors

 

Agriculture, Outdoor, and Construction

 

  • Aeronautics
  • Agricultural Business & Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Operations
  • Animal Sciences
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Food Science

 

Art

 

  • Animation
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Cinematography
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance
  • Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Visual Design

 

Business

 

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business, Management, and Related Support Services
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Insurance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Science
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Supply Chain Management

 

Education

 

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Education (Other)
  • Elementary Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education

 

Health

 

  • Athletic Training
  • Audiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Sciences
  • Community Health
  • Community Health Services
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Information
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  • Health Services
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Science
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Education
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology

 

Humanities

 

  • Applied Communication
  • Biblical Studies
  • Communication
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Communication and Multimedia
  • English
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • General Studies
  • General Studies and Humanities
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Public Relations
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech and Rhetoric
  • Talmudic Studies
  • Theology

 

Law and Politics

 

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

 

Social Science

 

  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Child Development
  • Criminology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Psychology

 

STEM

 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architecture
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Computer Systems Networking
  • Conservation
  • Earth Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Informatics
  • Information Science
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Kinesiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Physics
  • Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
  • Statistics
  • Web Design
  • Zoology

 

Other

 

  • Apparel and Textiles
  • Corrections and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electromechanical Technology
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Hotel Management
  • Human Sciences (General)
  • Human Services
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Police Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration

 

How to Find the Right School for Your Major

 

Program availability is one factor in choosing the right college for you, but there’s plenty more to consider. Using our school-search tool, you can find the best fits for you, filtering by criteria like major, finances, location, size, and more. Find out your real chances of getting into your dream school with CollegeVine’s chancing engine.

 

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.

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