Sometimes a good way to evaluate the major or minor is to “try it on”—declare, integrate yourself into the department, and see if it’s the right fit. You can certainly change majors if you later realize a different field is a better fit for you.
You can declare anytime during your first year or sophomore year. Explore the options below and if you are considering a particular major, go visit the department!
Aeronautics and Astronautics
African and African American Studies
An interdisciplinary undergraduate major that seeks to convey a broad understanding of American culture and society in all their complexity.
Anthropology is devoted to the study of human beings and human societies as they exist across time and space.
Applied and Engineering Physics
Explore the disciplines where fundamental physics meets applied science and engineering.
Archaeology is the study of the past through its material remains that survive into the present. Archaeology is a discipline that offers direct access to the experiences of a wide range of people in numerous cultures across the globe. Increasingly, archaeology bridges past and present societies through the study of the human heritage and its role in contemporary societies.
Develop your ability to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies.
Think critically about the visual arts and visual culture and focus on the meaning of images and media, and their historical development, roles in society, and relationships to disciplines such as literature, music, and philosophy.
Immerse yourself in the craft, culture, and theory of current fine art practices, prepare for a successful career as a visual artist.
Asian American Studies
Explore the artistic, historical, humanistic, political, and social dimensions of Asian Americans, including: artistic and cultural contributions; current social significance; historical experiences; immigration, intellectual, and policy issues.
Understand large- and local-scale climate, air pollution, and energy problems and solve them through clean, renewable, and efficient energy systems.
Understanding and interfacing with complex living systems is at the heart of bioengineering with applications ranging from advancing human health to promoting environmental sustainability.
This degree introduces fundamental biological and biophysical principles while developing strengths in traditional engineering areas, specifically mechanical engineering.
The study of Chemical Engineering begins with experimentation in the laboratory and is followed by implementation of technology in full-scale production
Students acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles of chemistry, the methodologies necessary to solve complex problems, and the ability to articulate their ideas effectively to the scientific community.
Chicana/o - Latina/o Studies
The Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies program affords students an opportunity to explore the culture, society, economy, and politics of this important and growing segment of our national population.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
This pre-professional program balances the fundamentals common to many specialties in civil engineering and allows for concentration in structures and construction or environmental and water studies.
Classics focusses on the literature and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, including Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy, history, art, and archaeology.
Analyze the social, cultural and psychological impact of communication processes, technologies, and media using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Community Health and Prevention Research
While Comparative Literature seeks to prepare its students for reading and research in the languages and histories of different societies and periods, it is also dedicated to their critical and cultural analysis.
Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
CSRE allows you to have a thematic concentration that compares various ethnic groups or explores topics that cut across group experiences in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
Broad and rigorous training for students interested in the science of computing.
This course of study cultivates the power of individual expression within a vibrant community of writers.
CS + Art Practice
Use new methods to explore the ancient world. Analyze ancient corpora, explore digital representations, use natural language processing literary analysis of ancient texts.
Think across the divide and create projects that fuse science and the humanities.
Permits students to major in both Computer Science and French.
Permits students to major in both Computer Science and German Studies.
If you have balanced interests in Computer Science and humanistic inquiry, this joint major offers several paths of exploration.
Permits students to major in both Computer Science and Italian Studies.
Integrate ideas and skills from both Computer Science and Linguistics.
Information about this major will be available in October 2014. Stay tuned!
The joint major in Philosophy and Computer Science provides opportunities for the systematic study of computation together with philosophy in the broadest sense.
CS+Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Russian Language and Literature field of study is designed for those students who wish to gain command of the Russian language and to study the nation's literary tradition.
Dance (TAPS Minor)
The Dance Division offers a range of broadly diverse approaches to dance as a performing art, cultural practice, political act and embodiment of ideology and beliefs.
Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Focus on democracy, economic development, and rule of law subjects in any university department to earn honors in democracy, development, and rule of law.
The important and flourishing field of Digital Humanities offers an exciting opportunity to expand the range of inquiry and invigorate interest in humanistic study among Stanford’s undergraduates.
Independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in interaction with natural changes in the Earth system.
East Asian Studies
Learn about the economic aspects of modern society, analyze contemporary economic problems, and develop the ability to exercise judgment in evaluating public policy.
Gain a substantial introduction to education through a broad-based and focused study of educational research, theory and practice.
Learn electrical engineering principles along with the required supporting knowledge of mathematics, science, computing, and engineering fundamentals.
Energy Resources Engineering
Gain engineering skills while also exploring the many facets of the energy industry including renewable energy resources, oil and gas recovery, geothermal engineering, and more. The program allows students flexibility in exploring the evolution of energy, while providing an earth sciences based approach to energy resources.
The Engineering Physics program is designed for students who have an interest in and an aptitude for both engineering and physics. Students begin with a year of mathematics and calculus-based physics, and then proceed to depth courses in physics and engineering, as well as elective courses in a selected specialty area (Aerospace Physics, Biophysics, Computational Science, Electromechanical System Design, Energy Systems, Materials Science, Photonics, or Renewable Energy).
Explore -- deeply and rewardingly -- the rich legacy of literature written in English, past and present.
Environmental Systems Engineering
Be prepared to incorporate environmentally sustainable design, strategies and practices into natural and built systems and infrastructure involving buildings, water supply, and coastal regions.
Ethics In Society
Grounded in moral and political philosophy, Ethics in Society is designed to foster scholarship, teaching, and moral reflection on fundamental issues in personal and public life.
The Europe Center is committed to the multidisciplinary examination of European society, culture, politics, and security. The Center seeks to raise awareness and support interest in the study of Europe by Stanford's undergraduate community.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Consider questions and issues in feminism, gender, and sexuality through the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and asexuality to consider interlocking oppression.
Film and Media Studies
Develop the critical vocabulary and intellectual framework for understanding the role of cinema and related media within broad cultural and historical concepts.
Pursue course work at all levels in the language, cultures, literatures, and intellectual histories of the French tradition.
Conduct research and think critically about questions involving the Earth.
Be exposed to a broad spectrum of geophysics, including: resource exploration, environmental geophysics, seismology, and tectonics.
Study the German language, linguistics, literature, culture, and thought.
Understand what it means to think historically: locating subjects in time and place and being sensitive to the contingencies of context and to change over time.
Honors in the Arts
Whether you are already studying the arts, or are in an unrelated major, complete a capstone project integrating a broad arts perspective.
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human beings from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives.
Iberian & Latin American Cultures
Groundbreaking approaches to the literature and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, Brazil and Lusophone Africa, and Latina/o populations in the United States.
International Policy Studies
Explore how global, regional and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage.
International Security Studies
An opportunity for undergraduates with strong academic records and interest in international security from all undergraduate schools and majors to receive Honors in International Security Studies.
The Iranian Studies Program focuses on the interdisciplinary study of modern Iranian society, culture, politics, and economy. Undergraduate students can minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Iranian Studies.
A comprehensive study of Italian literature and cultures, establishing a solid basis for potential further study in literature or history.
Gain an understanding of Jewish history, language, literature, religion, thought and politics.
Laboratory Animal Science
Latin American Studies
Explore the principal areas of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics) and gain the skills to do more advanced work in these subfields.
Management Science and Engineering
Be able to plan, design, and implement complex economic and technical management systems.
Materials Science and Engineering
Mathematical and Computational Science
Study the mathematics basic to all the mathematical sciences and an introduction to concepts and techniques of computation, optimal decision making, probabilistic modeling and statistical inference.
Provide students with a broad understanding of mathematics encompassing logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof.
Mechanical Engineering encompasses elements from a wide array of disciplines built around the themes of biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multiscale engineering.
A multidisciplinary community working together to reveal new perspectives on medieval and early modern studies.
Middle Eastern Language, Literature and Culture
Designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to Middle Eastern and African languages, and to the cultures and civilizations of the Middle East and Africa.
Offered for students who may wish to supplement their coursework in their major field of study with significant coursework in modern languages and literatures.
Modern Thought and Literature
Students who have a background in literature and/or cultural studies can apply for this individualized co-term.
Music, Science, and Technology
Focuses on the integration of music perception, music-related signal processing and controllers, synthesis, performance, and composition.
Native American Studies
An intensive approach to understanding the historical and contemporary experiences of Native American people.
Philosophy concerns itself with fundamental problems and examines the efforts of past thinkers to understand the world and people's experience of it.
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Learn to think clearly and critically about the deepest and broadest questions concerning being, knowledge, and value, as well as their connections to the full range of human activities and interests.
Develop an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe, and a strong foundation of mathematical, analytical, laboratory, and written communication skills.
Provides students with a solid grasp of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, social movements, ideological systems and diversity.
The minor in Portuguese are for students who want to combine acquisition of linguistic competence with the study of the literatures and cultures of the Lusophone world.
This program teaches a design process that encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and personal expression, aesthetics, and emphasizes brainstorming and need finding.
Be immersed in the theories and empirical studies of human behavior.
An interdisciplinary program that engages students in the process of evaluating policy options and outcomes.
Designed to engage students existentially and to assist them in thinking about intellectual, ethical, and sociopolitical issues in the world's religions.
Science, Technology, and Society
Provides students with an interdisciplinary framework through which to understand the complex interactions of science, technology and the social world.
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Coordinated study of Russian language, literature, literary and cultural history, as well as literary theory and criticism.
Understand and address social problems and inequalities in global, institutional, and interpersonal social relations.
South Asian Studies
Center for South Asia (CSA) is the central forum for the interdisciplinary study of South Asia at Stanford University. CSA facilitates research and convenes events on topics relevant to deepening the understanding of South Asia, which includes Ban
The minor in Spanish is for students who want to combine acquisition of linguistic competence with the study of the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
For students interested in the theory of statistics and/or probability, or for students who wish to apply statistical and probabilistic methods to a substantive area.
An interdisciplinary program focusing on the relationship between natural and artificial systems that represent, process, and act on information.
Theater and Performance Studies
Provides students with historical, critical, and practical knowledge about theater and performance.
Teaches students to develop and apply their foreign language knowledge to the production and analysis of translations.
Combines academic approaches with real-world experience to understand cities, the influence of physical environment and how to address seemingly intractable social problems.