Yale offers students seventy possible majors, which must be declared by sophomore or junior years, but students are always welcome to change. Some of the top majors currently are Economics, General, Political Science and Government, General, History, General, Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology, Psychology, General.

Each major has different requirements, but at the student’s senior year, they will have to turn in a senior requirement. Usually, these are an essay, project, or examination. For the more intensive majors, seniors may be required to attend a specific seminar, tutorial, graduate course, or other project. All schedules and majors are done with an adviser but students are asked to familiarize themselves with all the requirements before declaring a major.

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

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Economics, General 143 49 34% 94 66%
Political Science and Government, General 122 59 48% 63 52%
History, General 105 57 54% 48 46%
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 85 49 58% 36 42%
Psychology, General 78 52 67% 26 33%
English Language and Literature, General 66 41 62% 25 38%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 63 41 65% 22 35%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 51 11 22% 40 78%
International Relations and Affairs 48 28 58% 20 42%
American/United States Studies/Civilization 43 27 63% 16 37%
Evolutionary Biology 36 24 67% 12 33%
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 32 11 34% 21 66%
Physics, General 29 10 34% 19 66%
Mathematics, General 28 5 18% 23 82%
Cognitive Science 27 16 59% 11 41%
Chemistry, General 26 15 58% 11 42%
Applied Mathematics, General 25 12 48% 13 52%
Engineering Science 25 9 36% 16 64%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 22 15 68% 7 32%
Sociology 20 10 50% 10 50%
Environmental Studies 17 12 71% 5 29%
Philosophy 17 7 41% 10 59%
Mechanical Engineering 17 4 24% 13 76%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 15 4 27% 11 73%
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 13 11 85% 2 15%
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 12 6 50% 6 50%
Anthropology 12 9 75% 3 25%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 12 10 83% 2 17%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 11 8 73% 3 27%
Art/Art Studies, General 11 10 91% 1 9%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 10 7 70% 3 30%
Mathematics and Computer Science 9 1 11% 8 89%
Architecture 9 5 56% 4 44%
Music, General 9 5 56% 4 44%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 8 3 38% 5 63%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 8 2 25% 6 75%
Linguistics 7 4 57% 3 43%
Chemical Engineering 7 2 29% 5 71%
Women's Studies 7 6 86% 1 14%
Geology/Earth Science, General 7 4 57% 3 43%
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 7 2 29% 5 71%
East Asian Studies 5 2 40% 3 60%
Statistics, General 5 1 20% 4 80%
Religion/Religious Studies 4 1 25% 3 75%
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 4 2 50% 2 50%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 2 50% 2 50%
Mathematics, Other 4 1 25% 3 75%
African-American/Black Studies 4 3 75% 1 25%
Archeology 3 1 33% 2 67%
Astrophysics 3 1 33% 2 67%
French Language and Literature 3 1 33% 2 67%
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 3 1 33% 2 67%
Latin American Studies 3 2 67% 1 33%
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2 100% 0 0%
Russian Studies 2 0 % 2 100%
Area Studies, Other 2 0 % 2 100%
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2 0 % 2 100%
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 1 50% 1 50%
German Studies 1 1 100% 0 0%
Physical Sciences, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Portuguese Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Russian Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 0%
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Degree data from 2016-2017
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