A liberal arts college, the most popular majors at Swarthmore are Economics, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Engineering, General, Research and Experimental Psychology, Other. As part of the Tri-College Consortium and the Quaker Consortium, students also have the opportunity to take courses at Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Some students can choose to take part in the College’s Honors program, which is based off Oxford’s. While in Honors, participants will work closely with professors, take part in independent study, and be tested in an examination with outside scholars after two years.

After being accepted to Swarthmore, each student will receive an academic adviser, which will go over long-term goals, study abroad options, new fields, graduate study, and previous academic performance. This will help both the student and adviser find the best courses for the four years at the college. After four semesters, students must declare their major and are assigned a second adviser to mentor them through their field.

Freshman are encouraged to take part in first year seminars. Made up of 12 students, these classes focus on critical reading, analytical thinking, academic presentation, research, and more. Many can also count as prerequisites for majors.

Top Majors and Programs - Most Popular Degrees in 2019 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature 2 2 100% 0 0%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 3 100% 0 0%
Astrophysics 4 1 25% 3 75%
Biochemistry 2 1 50% 1 50%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 36 22 61% 14 39%
Chemistry, General 15 8 53% 7 47%
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 2 1 50% 1 50%
Cognitive Science 4 3 75% 1 25%
Comparative Literature 3 1 33% 2 67%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 35 13 37% 22 63%
Dance, General 1 1 100% 0 0%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 0 % 1 100%
Economics, General 38 14 37% 24 63%
Education, Other 21 16 76% 5 24%
Engineering, General 35 10 29% 25 71%
English Language and Literature, General 8 6 75% 2 25%
Environmental Studies 2 2 100% 0 0%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 2 2 100% 0 0%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 8 4 50% 4 50%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 9 5 56% 4 44%
French Language and Literature 2 1 50% 1 50%
German Studies 1 0 % 1 100%
History, General 9 3 33% 6 67%
Islamic Studies 1 0 % 1 100%
Japanese Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Linguistics 7 5 71% 2 29%
Mathematics, General 26 5 19% 21 81%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Music, General 2 0 % 2 100%
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2 1 50% 1 50%
Neuroscience 16 9 56% 7 44%
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 1 1 100% 0 0%
Philosophy 4 2 50% 2 50%
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 1 1 100% 0 0%
Physics, General 6 3 50% 3 50%
Political Science and Government, General 27 6 22% 21 78%
Psychology, General 1 1 100% 0 0%
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 30 21 70% 9 30%
Russian Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 0%
Social Sciences, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Sociology and Anthropology 16 9 56% 7 44%
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