Majors and Minors

Define yourself.As a sophomore at Dartmouth, you’ll declare a major in an academic program that excites you intellectually. You can combine any of more than 60 majors with your pick of minors; fine-tune a major by adding studies from other departments and programs; or design a special major around your particular passion.

The Major

With or without a minor in another field, most majors call for between eight and 10 courses and a culminating project.

Modified major

A modified major combines work in two subjects with emphasis on one—such as “economics modified with history”—to create a unified, coherent program of study.

Multiple majors

Students have the option to complete the requirements for two—or even three—distinct majors.

Special major

Special majors are student-designed programs of study involving two or more departments or programs and one to three terms of independent study or research.


When you add a minor to your academic portfolio, the options to tailor your studies to your interests are nearly limitless.

Plan your major

A concise guide to constructing and planning your Dartmouth program of study, provided by the Undergraduate Deans Office.