Majors and Minors

Bowdoin offers 43 majors and 45 minors within 23 departments, 9 programs and 3 special areas, as well as a student-designed major option. Students may opt for a single, double, or coordinate major (Digital and Computational Studies, Education or Environmental Studies combined with another major). Bowdoin is a liberal arts college with strengths in science and mathematics. While declared majors in the social and behavioral sciences division have traditionally made up the majority, those in the natural science and mathematics division have risen to match them in recent years. About 30 percent of declared students choose majors within the humanities and fine arts division. Students are not asked to declare a major until April of their sophomore year, so roughly half of all enrolled students are still yet undeclared. Although not required, about 41 percent of declared students choose a minor in addition to their major.

Summary of Fall 2020 Majors

Of the 1,783 students studying in residence and off campus, 874 (49.0%) have declared a major as of Fall 2020. Of these 874 students, 475 (54.3%) have declared a single major; 325 (37.2%) have declared a double major; and 74 (8.5%) have declared a coordinate major (Digital and Computational Studies, Education or Environmental Studies combined with another major).
Top 10 Declared Majors
1. Government and Legal Studies, 182
2. Economics, 153
3. Mathematics, 91
4. Biology, 68
5. Computer Science, 67
6. English, 56
7. Neuroscience, 53
8. Biochemistry, 52
9. Psychology, 51
10. Sociology, 50

 

Declared Majors

 

Declared Minors