Major Attractions: The most and least popular majors at BYU

BYU students walk past the JFSB Quad on their way to classes. (Photo by BYU Photo)

BYU students walk past the JFSB Quad on their way to classes. According to Yfacts, there are 193 bachelor programs offered at BYU. (Photo by BYU Photo)

Rankings aren’t only for weekend movie releases. In the world of higher education, there are majors that attract students in droves, and other majors that take, well, a more minor role.

At BYU, for instance, enrollment among the school’s more than 30,000 full-time and three-quarter time students is highest in five colleges: the College of Life Science; the Marriott School of Management; the College of Fine Arts & Communications; the College of Family, Home & Social Sciences; and the College of Engineering and Technology. But the majors attracting the biggest audiences aren’t necessarily in those colleges.

According to school officials, the top majors at BYU have between 400 and 1,000 students enrolled, while the smallest major programs may have 20 students or less. However, the numbers don’t tell the whole story — in many specialized programs, lower enrollment is a natural result of focused study and a boon to students who get more one-on-one time with professors. Read on for an education in majors at BYU with the most and fewest students enrolled.


Most Students Enrolled

1. Exercise Science, College of Life Sciences

2. Elementary Education, McKay School of Education

3. Psychology, College of Family, Home & Social Sciences

4. Management, Marriott School of Management

5. English, College of Humanities

6. Public Health, College of Life Sciences

7. Computer Science, College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

8. Family Life, Family, College Home & Social Sciences

9. Chemical Engineering, Fulton College of Engineering

10. Communications, College of Fine Arts & Communications


Least Students Enrolled

1. Latin Teaching, College of Humanities

2. German Teaching, College of Humanities

3. Earth and Space Science Education, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

4. Korean, College of Humanities

5. Jazz Studies, College of Fine Arts & Communications

6. French Teaching, College of Humanities

7. Acting, College of Fine Arts & Communications

8. Italian, College of Humanities

9. Comparative Literature, College of Humanities

10. Chemistry Education, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences


Natalie Hollingshead is a former magazine editor turned freelance writer and editor. She writes regularly about home, family, food and travel for a handful of publications, and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking” (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Elyssa Andrus. A native of Alberta, Canada, Natalie lives in Orem with her husband and their three children.

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