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Finding their focus

Commencement 2018: This is one in a series of stories marking the 168th Commencement Ceremonies of the University of Rochester.

Some students know from early on in their college careers what they want to study because of strong interests they’ve developed previously or because of their longterm goals. Some students don’t know what they will major in, and many change their minds during or after the first year.

“Deciding on a major is a process,” says Marcy Kraus, the Suzanne Jagel O’Brien Director of the College Center for Advising Services. “Today’s students are making choices about their majors while knowing that the world of work is constantly changing. We help students weigh their interests and gather information so that they can make well-informed decisions that complement their educational and life plans.”

The chart below illustrates how majors changed for students expected to graduate with the Class of 2018.


Humanities majors

American Sign Language
Art History
Bioethics
British and American Literature
Classics
Creative Writing
Comparative Literature
Dance
English
Film and Media Studies
French
German
Japanese
Language, Media, and Communication
Music
Philosophy
Religion Russian
Spanish
Studio Arts
Theater

Social sciences majors

American Studies
Anthropology
Business
Economics
Epidemiology
Financial Economics
Health, Behavior, and Society
Health Policy
History
International Relations
Linguistics
Political Science Psychology

Natural sciences majors

Applied Mathematics Biochemistry
Biology
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cell and Developmental Biology
Chemistry
Computational Biology
Data Science
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Health
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geological Sciences
Mathematics
Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Neuroscience
Physics
Physics and Astronomy
Statistics

Engineering majors

Audio and Music Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering Science
Geomechanics
Interdepartmental Engineering
Optical Engineering
Optics

Other

African and African-American Studies
Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures
Digital Media Studies
East Asian Studies
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Interdepartmental Studies
Russian Studies