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