The most common undergraduate major at Stanford University is computer science, with engineering coming in second. One-quarter of all Stanford undergraduates are engineering majors while over half of its graduate students are pursuing engineering degrees.
Stanford's top majors have reflected broader societal trends over the years. In the 1950s and 1960s. The most popular major was History. In the 1970s, Psychology took over as the top choice, followed by economics in the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was Biological Sciences, specifically Human Biology, Stanford's pre-med major. With the second Silicon Valley tech boom of the 2000s and 2010s, the most popular major has become Computer Science, reflecting societal trends towards greater emphasis on technology majors.