Stanford’s Most Popular Major Is Now Computer Science

If you want to get a good sense of an era’s history and culture, one good place to start is that era’s most popular college majors. Take, for example, the subjects students studied at Stanford University between 1955 and today. In the muscular years of 1955 and 1965, when any liberal arts degree qualified a white male to work in business, History was the school’s most popular major, with Economics and Political Science lurking behind. In 1975, Psychology ruled. Then Reagan won the presidency, finance took over, and by 1985, most students studied Economics. In 1995 — just before the rise of the web — the most popular majors were Biological Sciences and Human Biology. Economics held the third spot. Now? According to three stats buried in a press release from the university’s engineering school, Computer Science is the most popular major at Stanford. More students are enrolled in it than ever before (even more than at the dot-com boom’s height in 2000-2001). And more than 90 % of Stanford undergrads take a computer science course before they graduate. Stanford is Stanford, and its stats aren’t necessarily indicative of academia at large: Countrywide, the most popular major is business. But the school’s computer-heavy numbers reflect its existence, both as a member of what candid college administrators call the Big Four (the other three are Princeton, Harvard and Yale), and as a school nestled close to Silicon Valley’s elite.   See more at … Stanford’s Most Popular Major Is Now Computer Science.

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