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Here are the most popular majors among NYC college students

Business is a popular major at New York

Business is a popular major at New York University. (NYU Photo Bureau/Mathieu Asselin) Credit: Business is a popular major at New York University. (NYU Photo Bureau/Mathieu Asselin)

Students come from all over the world to attend college in New York City, and with good reason.

Reputable and prestigious schools exist throughout the five boroughs, ranging from a large ivy league institution like Columbia University, to the multiple campuses within the City University of New York (CUNY) to a small, liberal arts college like St. Francis. Whether students are planning on majoring in business, theater or liberal arts, there’s a school for everyone.

One major that is popular at most of the local colleges is psychology.

“Psychology is applicable to a wide range of fields, including business, advertising and the health fields,” explains Dr. Jennifer Lancaster, the chair of the psychology department at St. Francis College, located in Brooklyn Heights.

It’s also a common major for people who go on to become social workers, occupational therapists and teachers, in addition to those that go on to attend medical school and law school.

One aspect of St. Francis’ psychology department that sets it apart from other programs is the requirement that students conduct their own experimental research project, from start to finish.

“Students have to do their own original research project and many take the projects to conferences,” says Lancaster.

Another standout feature is the combined BA/MA program, where majors graduate with a combined degree after five years.

However, psychology is just one of a variety of popular majors offered by local colleges.

CUNY/ Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., Hunter.cuny.edu
1. Social Sciences
2. Psychology
3. English
4. Visual and
Performing Arts
5. Communications and Journalism

Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E. 71st St., Mmm.edu
1. Visual and Performing Arts
2. Communications/Journalism
3. Business/Marketing
4. Psychology
5. Liberal Arts

New York University, 14 Washington Pl., Nyu.edu
1. Visual and Performing Arts
2. Social Sciences
3. Business/Marketing
4. Health Professions
5. Liberal Arts

The New School - Eugene Lang College, 65 W. 11th St., Newschool.edu/lang
1. English
2. Visual and Performing Arts
3. Social Sciences
4. Liberal Arts
5. Psychology

Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, Columbia.edu
1. Social Sciences
2. Engineering
3. Biology
4. History
5. English

Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, Fordham.edu
1. Business/Marketing
2. Social Sciences
3. Communications/Journalism
4. Psychology
5. Visual and Performing Arts

St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Fresh Meadows, Stjohns.edu
1. Business/Marketing
2. Communications/Journalism
3. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
4. Education
5. Health Professions

St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights, Sfc.edu
1. Business/Marketing
2. Communications/Journalism
3. Education
4. Liberal Arts
5. Psychology

Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, Pace.edu
1. Business/Marketing
2. Communications/Journalism
3. Health Professions
4. Psychology
5. Visual & Performing Art

All data from the College Board, a leading non-profit membership education organization based in New York City.
 

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