A liberal arts college, the most popular majors at Swarthmore are Economics, General, Political Science and Government, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Education, Other, Computer and Information Sciences, General. 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 2018 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature 2 1 50% 1 50%
Area Studies, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 5 100% 0 %
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1 100% 0 %
Astrophysics 2 0 % 2 100%
Biochemistry 2 1 50% 1 50%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 1 100% 0 %
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 36 21 58% 15 42%
Biophysics 1 0 % 1 100%
Chemistry, General 4 2 50% 2 50%
Chinese Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 3 1 33% 2 67%
Comparative Literature 3 2 67% 1 33%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 26 8 31% 18 69%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 3 75% 1 25%
Economics, General 47 9 19% 38 81%
Education, Other 27 22 81% 5 19%
Engineering, General 25 10 40% 15 60%
English Language and Literature, General 25 20 80% 5 20%
Environmental Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1 100% 0 %
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 3 1 33% 2 67%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5 2 40% 3 60%
French Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
German Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
History, General 19 9 47% 10 53%
History, Other 1 1 100% 0 %
Linguistics 15 9 60% 6 40%
Mathematics, General 17 8 47% 9 53%
Neuroscience 7 6 86% 1 14%
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 1 1 100% 0 %
Philosophy 9 1 11% 8 89%
Physics, General 5 2 40% 3 60%
Political Science and Government, General 40 18 45% 22 55%
Psychology, General 12 6 50% 6 50%
Religion/Religious Studies 4 2 50% 2 50%
Social Sciences, Other 1 1 100% 0 %
Sociology and Anthropology 7 5 71% 2 29%
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2 100% 0 %
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 1 1 100% 0 %
Women's Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
Degree data from 2015-2016
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