Dartmouth College follows a unique quarter plan, often called the Dartmouth Plan or D Plan. The year round quarter system allows students to choose from 12 terms to graduate within, offering the opportunity for employment, internships, dual majors, research, and more. All freshman will be required to spend Fall, Winter, and Spring on campus in classes, but be available to follow their passion for the summer term.

Dartmouth has 40 academic departments with 57 majors available to students. However, students are also free to design their own majors or minors. The five schools on campus include the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, and the undergraduate college.

Many of the classes are built around the idea of a researcher. Some of the top majors are Economics, General, Political Science and Government, General, Engineering Science, History, General, Computer Science.

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 5 4 80% 1 20%
American Indian/Native American Studies 4 2 50% 2 50%
Anthropology 19 15 79% 4 21%
Arabic Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 4 80% 1 20%
Asian Studies/Civilization 6 4 67% 2 33%
Astronomy 1 0 % 1 100%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 15 6 40% 9 60%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 46 27 59% 19 41%
Chemistry, General 12 5 42% 7 58%
Chinese Language and Literature 3 1 33% 2 67%
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 4 2 50% 2 50%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 9 4 44% 5 56%
Cognitive Science 5 1 20% 4 80%
Comparative Literature 3 2 67% 1 33%
Computer Science 67 20 30% 47 70%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 3 60% 2 40%
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Economics, General 181 63 35% 118 65%
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 2 1 50% 1 50%
Engineering Science 98 53 54% 45 46%
English Language and Literature, General 41 28 68% 13 32%
Environmental Studies 19 12 63% 7 37%
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 7 2 29% 5 71%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 7 6 86% 1 14%
French Language and Literature 3 3 100% 0 %
French Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
Geography 29 23 79% 6 21%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1 100% 0 %
Geology/Earth Science, General 9 3 33% 6 67%
German Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
History, General 77 29 38% 48 62%
Italian Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Latin American Studies 8 8 100% 0 %
Linguistics 15 10 67% 5 33%
Mathematics, General 31 11 35% 20 65%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 1 50% 1 50%
Music, General 7 2 29% 5 71%
Neuroscience 50 34 68% 16 32%
Philosophy 11 6 55% 5 45%
Physics, General 15 1 7% 14 93%
Political Science and Government, General 148 62 42% 86 58%
Psychology, General 49 40 82% 9 18%
Religion/Religious Studies 12 7 58% 5 42%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5 4 80% 1 20%
Russian Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Sociology 28 16 57% 12 43%
Women's Studies 6 5 83% 1 17%
Degree data from 2015-2016
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