What is a Major?

Students at Orientation in JamrichIn many ways, a major is like a contract between you, the student, and the school you attend. By declaring a major, you agree to perform certain work (i.e. classes) in exchange for a college degree. In looser terms, a major is simply an organized collection of classes, either revolving around a subject (e.g. mathematics), theme (e.g. media studies), or professional field (e.g. pre-med, pre-law, engineering, etc.) Northern Michigan offers more than 180 different majors from which students can select.

Do you know what the most popular college majors are around the U.S.? Last year's top ten included:

Choosing an area of study, continued: