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, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 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 2019 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
African-American/Black Studies 12 8 67% 4 33%
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 3 100% 0 0%
Anthropology 14 11 79% 3 21%
Architectural History and Criticism, General 4 1 25% 3 75%
Art/Art Studies, General 13 12 92% 1 8%
Asian Studies/Civilization 12 8 67% 4 33%
Astronomy 1 0 % 1 100%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 17 8 47% 9 53%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 31 18 58% 13 42%
Chemistry, General 16 5 31% 11 69%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 8 6 75% 2 25%
Computer Science 30 10 33% 20 67%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 100% 0 0%
Economics, General 66 21 32% 45 68%
English Language and Literature, General 35 21 60% 14 40%
Environmental Studies 10 3 30% 7 70%
European Studies/Civilization 1 1 100% 0 0%
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 5 3 60% 2 40%
French Language and Literature 11 9 82% 2 18%
Geology/Earth Science, General 8 3 38% 5 63%
German Language and Literature 3 2 67% 1 33%
History, General 24 9 38% 15 63%
Legal Studies, General 8 6 75% 2 25%
Mathematics, General 33 16 48% 17 52%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 2 67% 1 33%
Music, General 6 2 33% 4 67%
Neuroscience 10 5 50% 5 50%
Philosophy 9 3 33% 6 67%
Physics, General 7 2 29% 5 71%
Political Science and Government, General 28 9 32% 19 68%
Religion/Religious Studies 4 2 50% 2 50%
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 31 24 77% 7 23%
Russian Language and Literature 2 1 50% 1 50%
Sociology 11 9 82% 2 18%
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2 100% 0 0%
Statistics, General 3 2 67% 1 33%
Women's Studies 1 1 100% 0 0%
Degree data from 2016-2017
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