Studies and Majors

Most Time Intensive College Majors
Data on hours of study per week collected by the NSSE from a survey of teachers and full-time students at 31 institutions in 2012.

Engineering, General
Engineering, General

Engineering majors top the NSSE survey, reporting more hours of study per week than any other field.

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce. Includes instruction in undifferentiated and individualized programs in engineering.

Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences

Chemistry, physics, and other similar areas of study tend to be time-consuming because of the demanding nature of their related careers.

A program that focuses on the major topics, concepts, processes, and interrelationships of physical phenomena as studied in any combination of physical science disciplines.

Education, General
Education, General

Education can be quite a demanding field of study for the student who really wants to excel and motivate his or her own students in their own classroom one day.

A program that focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching, the basic principles of educational psychology, the art of teaching, the planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, and the social foundations of education.

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

With the arts and humanities, time commitment outside the classroom can add up. Majors like studio art, photography, and graphic design require more hours because of major independent projects and the subjectivity of their completion and evaluation.

Any single instructional program in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities not listed above.

Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, General

While the social sciences may not be as rigorous as the physical sciences, the potential difficulty of high-level coursework can take up a good deal of time. Additional lab work required of a major like psychology, for example, can also add up.

A program that focuses on the general study of human social behavior and social institutions using any of the methodologies common to the social sciences and/or history, or an undifferentiated program of study in the social sciences.

Business/Commerce, General
Business/Commerce, General

Average Hours Seniors Spent Preparing for Class Per Week: about 14 hours

A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Average Hours Seniors Spent Preparing for Class Per Week: about 14 hours

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

   
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