Where Can I Find a List of College Majors?

There are various ways of locating a list of college majors, depending on whether you already know which school you want to attend or what major you want to pursue. Read on for information on how to direct your search for majors.

College Major Overview

A large variety of college majors exist for prospective students, providing a diverse educational environment. Below are some resources that can be used to search through the possible college majors.

Important Facts About College Programs

Common Courses English, humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, mathematics
Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees available
Concentrations Political science, operations management, nursing, international business, sociology, accounting, English, finance, environmental science
Online Availability Full major programs available

School Websites

If you know which school you want to go to or if you want to compare programs between schools, you can check out the lists of programs on their websites. Different schools have different filing systems for their majors. That said, school websites often organize their programs and majors in a similar fashion, so navigating through them should be relatively simple.

Some universities will list their majors under departments or schools, and schools can have departments in a wide variety of areas, from agriculture to health science. Other institutions will show you the entire list of programs on a page dedicated to majors. You can usually find this listed under a link marked 'academics' or in a school's 'prospective students' section. For universities that offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, the majors will be listed in the undergraduate sections.

Search Engines and Government Resources

The Web has become a bit overrun with ads for diploma mills that are unaccredited and won't hold any worth when presenting credentials to a prospective employer. Some search methods can help you sort through the options so long as you keep in mind that you'll need to verify each school's accreditation. Begin by ignoring websites with addresses that don't end in '.edu'.

Another search method is to use the College Navigator feature of the National Center for Education Statistics' website (http://nces.ed.gov). You'll find it in the school search area of the menu bar. Once you pull that page up, you'll see a button on the left side that allows you to browse for programs. This little button brings up a myriad of majors to scroll through, and once you select one that interests you, it also brings up possible sub-categories in the major and a list of schools that offer the major.

Although it's not a search engine for college majors per se, USA Jobs (www.usajobs.gov) has a page that lists college majors from accounting to zoology. The list also shows you what types of jobs you can get with each major. This list is primarily for jobs that can lead to employment with the federal government, but it can still give you insight on various fields of study and the applicable careers, even if you don't plan to work for the government.

Searching Backwards to Move Forwards

If you already know what you want to do, but you're not sure what sort of major will prepare you, a little reverse engineering can help you in your search. For example, if you wanted to be an astronaut, you could check out NASA's website. It has biographies and facts about past and current astronauts that include their educational backgrounds. Learning what the professionals majored in can help you refine your search or offer you an educational avenue you hadn't even considered.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook is another option (www.bls.gov) for searching backwards from a job to education. Here, you can enter a job name, such as nurse or environmental scientist, and locate the BLS' career profile for that job. Clicking on the 'How to Become One' tab will detail the necessary education for the position, including which majors are most common.

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