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, Psychology, General, Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.

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 2018 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
African Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
African-American/Black Studies 2 2 100% 0 %
American/United States Studies/Civilization 40 27 68% 13 33%
Anthropology 12 8 67% 4 33%
Applied Mathematics, General 12 3 25% 9 75%
Archeology 1 1 100% 0 %
Architecture 18 12 67% 6 33%
Area Studies, Other 2 2 100% 0 %
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 15 13 87% 2 13%
Art/Art Studies, General 10 6 60% 4 40%
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Astrophysics 4 3 75% 1 25%
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 33 13 39% 20 61%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 34 15 44% 19 56%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 100% 0 %
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 81 44 54% 37 46%
Chemical Engineering 14 7 50% 7 50%
Chemistry, General 12 5 42% 7 58%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6 4 67% 2 33%
Cognitive Science 30 14 47% 16 53%
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 4 2 50% 2 50%
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 8 5 63% 3 38%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 66 10 15% 56 85%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 9 6 67% 3 33%
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 0 % 1 100%
East Asian Studies 6 3 50% 3 50%
Economics, General 195 61 31% 134 69%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 4 0 % 4 100%
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 0 % 1 100%
Engineering Science 26 12 46% 14 54%
English Language and Literature, General 47 32 68% 15 32%
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 14 10 71% 4 29%
Environmental Studies 23 15 65% 8 35%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 8 7 88% 1 13%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 11 10 91% 1 9%
Evolutionary Biology 33 22 67% 11 33%
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 10 4 40% 6 60%
French Language and Literature 5 2 40% 3 60%
Geology/Earth Science, General 13 8 62% 5 38%
German Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
German Studies 2 2 100% 0 %
History, General 104 56 54% 48 46%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 15 9 60% 6 40%
International Relations and Affairs 40 22 55% 18 45%
Italian Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Japanese Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Latin American Studies 6 4 67% 2 33%
Latin Language and Literature 3 2 67% 1 33%
Linguistics 6 4 67% 2 33%
Mathematics and Computer Science 3 1 33% 2 67%
Mathematics, General 36 9 25% 27 75%
Mathematics, Other 8 5 63% 3 38%
Mechanical Engineering 20 6 30% 14 70%
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1 100% 0 %
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 64 35 55% 29 45%
Music, General 8 1 13% 7 88%
Philosophy 15 5 33% 10 67%
Physics, General 23 6 26% 17 74%
Political Science and Government, General 116 52 45% 64 55%
Psychology, General 83 66 80% 17 20%
Religion/Religious Studies 4 2 50% 2 50%
Russian Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Sociology 11 7 64% 4 36%
Spanish Language and Literature 1 0 % 1 100%
Statistics, General 2 1 50% 1 50%
Women's Studies 7 6 86% 1 14%
Degree data from 2015-2016
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