List of the Most Popular College Majors for Students

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The Most Popular United States College Majors

A study was conducted at the National Centre for Education. Amazing findings and discoveries were made with respect to the most popular study areas.

Undergraduate Majors

A total of 1,650,014 students from Universities and colleges earned a degree in the 2009/10 academic session. That translates to 33% more than the graduating class in the previous 10 years with more than half the graduates being females, forming 57.2%.

Top 10 Degrees Earned

1. Business Management, Marketing and Personal Culinary Service – 22%
2. Social Studies, Social Science and History – 10%
3. Health Care and Health – 8%
4. Education – 6%
5. Psychology – 6%
6. Visual Arts and Performing Arts – 6%
7. Engineering and Engineering Technology – 5%
8. Biology and Biometric Science – 5%
9. Communications – 5%
10. English – less than 4%

What Women Study Most

For ladies, the most common major is Human Science / Family and Consumer Science. Females’ accounts for 88% of the graduates in this area while males forms 12%.

Here are the list of the next most popular area:
1. Health Professionals – 82%
2. Social Service – 59%
3. Education – 53%
4. Psychology – 51%

What Men Study Most

Most male study engineering and engineering technologies. They form 83% of the] sampled population, while 17% are females.

Here is the next most popular courses studied by males.
1. Computer Science – 85%
2. Physical Science – 82%
3. Rec/Fitness Studies – 80%
4. Agriculture – 77%

Graduate Students

During the 2009/10 academic session, the total number of college students that earned a master’s degree was 693,025. That represents an increase of 50% as compared to statistics of 10 years earlier. About 60% of the graduates were females, accounting for more than 50%. Here is a breakdown of the top 5 study areas.

1. Education – 175,000 Graduates
2. Business – 175,000 Graduates
3. Health Professional – 70,000 Graduates
4. Engineering – 40,000 Graduates
5. Public Administration – 40,000 Graduates
6. Others – 175,000 graduates