The most popular bachelor’s degrees in America

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Business degrees have long been a popular choice for students, and it’s a trend that still holds true today, even if the margin by which they hold the top spot is decreasing.

Thirty years ago during the 1990-91 school year, 22.8% of students who received bachelor’s degrees were business majors. That percentage dropped to 19.4% in 2018-19 — the latest period for which data is available.

However, the number of business majors within this period grew by 56.8%, according to the latest study from Student Loan Hero. Our researchers looked at nearly 30 bachelor’s degrees over a 30-year period to look for trends along the way. Here’s what they discovered.

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STEM plays a role in popularity of degrees

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

The top three majors suggest no particular discipline is disproportionately popular for students. However, rounding out the top five are engineering and biological and biomedical sciences, specialities that are STEM-focused.

Part of this trend could be an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education among young students (and young women in particular).

And in an era of record-breaking initial public offerings (IPOs) and unicorn startups, rosy business prospects in the technology sector could be enough to keep the popularity of business degrees high while also driving interest in technology and science-based degrees.

Here are the most popular undergraduate degrees in the United States:

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29. Legal professions and studies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.2%

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28. Communications technologies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.2%

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27. Transportation and materials moving

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.3%

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26. Area, ethnic, cultural, gender and group studies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.4%

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25. Architecture and related services

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.4%

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24. Theology and religious vocations

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.5%

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23. Philosophy and religious studies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.5%

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22. Foreign languages, literatures and linguistics

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 0.8%

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21. Engineering technologies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 1.0%

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20. Family and consumer sciences/human sciences

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 1.2%

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19. Mathematics and statistics

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 1.3%

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18. Physical sciences and science technologies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 1.5%

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17. Public administration and social services

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 1.7%

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16. English language and literature/letters

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 2.0%

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15. Agriculture and natural resources

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 2.0%

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14. Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 2.2%

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13. Multi/interdisciplinary studies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 2.6%

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12. Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 2.7%

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11. Homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 2.8%

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10. Education

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 4.2%

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9. Computer and information sciences

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 4.4%

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8. Visual and performing arts

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 4.5%

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7. Communication, journalism and related programs

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 4.6%

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6. Psychology

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 5.8%

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5. Biological and biomedical sciences

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 6.0%

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4. Engineering

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 6.3%

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3. Social sciences and history

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 8.0%

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2. Health professions and related programs

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 12.5%

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1. Business

The most popular bachelor's degrees in America

Share of bachelor’s degree graduates: 19.4%

You can read more about the findings in the original report.

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