Amherst College has an open curriculum plan, which means there are no general education requirements for students. This results in the chance for freshman to take advanced courses, and upperclassmen to take introductory classes. Economics, General, English Language and Literature, General, Mathematics, General, Research and Experimental Psychology, Other, History, General are the most popular majors at the college, but students are also free to design their own major.

Every year, 850 courses are offered at Amherst within 38 majors. Many students choose to double major thanks to the freedom of open curriculum. Each works closely with academic advisers to choose the best path for their time at the college.

Amherst is also part of the Five College Consortium, which is a school system consisting of one university and four colleges, all within 10 miles. This allows the students to take part in any of the 6,000 courses offered at any of the five schools as well as ten museums and libraries with over 11 million items. Students are permitted to take up to half of their courses at the other schools and are encouraged to use the free bus system that connects the entire consortium.

Top Majors and Programs - Most Popular Degrees in 2018 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
African-American/Black Studies 8 7 88% 1 13%
American/United States Studies/Civilization 4 4 100% 0 %
Anthropology 10 5 50% 5 50%
Architectural History and Criticism, General 5 2 40% 3 60%
Art/Art Studies, General 15 11 73% 4 27%
Asian Studies/Civilization 20 10 50% 10 50%
Astronomy 1 0 % 1 100%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 6 2 33% 4 67%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 21 14 67% 7 33%
Chemistry, General 12 5 42% 7 58%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 0 % 2 100%
Computer Science 22 6 27% 16 73%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 0 % 1 100%
Economics, General 63 24 38% 39 62%
English Language and Literature, General 39 23 59% 16 41%
Environmental Studies 14 9 64% 5 36%
European Studies/Civilization 5 5 100% 0 %
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 8 5 63% 3 38%
French Language and Literature 4 4 100% 0 %
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 3 50% 3 50%
German Language and Literature 4 3 75% 1 25%
History, General 29 12 41% 17 59%
Legal Studies, General 13 7 54% 6 46%
Mathematics, General 32 13 41% 19 59%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 3 75% 1 25%
Neuroscience 11 4 36% 7 64%
Philosophy 6 1 17% 5 83%
Physics, General 3 1 33% 2 67%
Political Science and Government, General 27 3 11% 24 89%
Religion/Religious Studies 1 0 % 1 100%
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 31 19 61% 12 39%
Sociology 4 2 50% 2 50%
Statistics, General 1 1 100% 0 %
Degree data from 2015-2016
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