Here is a look at student-athletes’ majors and a breakdown of the top 25 popular choices
Not only do student-athletes feel pressure to succeed on the field and perform at their highest level at all times, but student-athletes also have to succeed in the classroom.
To help student-athletes manage their academic careers, California State University, Fresno has advising services for each major.
Susan Gutkind, assistant director of student-athlete services, Ph.D, said she helps advise athletes each semester.
“It is my job to make sure that the student-athletes take the proper amount of units and are on schedule to graduate in four or four and one half years,” Gutkind said in a telephone interview.
Gutkind also said she advises student-athletes on which courses to take and which ones not to take and determines how large of a workload each student can handle.
“I check and make sure that they [student-athletes] are not taking ridiculously time consuming classes,” Gutkind said. “I usually tell students to stay away from courses with labs, for example.”
Gutkind also said she advises students about majors.
According to Gutkind, if a student already has a major in mind, she explains to them what the major entails. From there, she works with the student-athlete as well as career services, and lays out the basics of the major and talks to the student-athlete about the major.
Gutkind said the process is different if a student-athlete does not already have a major in mind.
“If a student-athlete doesn’t have a major, then we like to talk to them about their interests,” Gutkind said. “Then we try to point the student-athlete in the right direction.”
Gutkind said that she has noticed that there is clustering amongst the student-athletes major selections.
“A lot of students choose the same majors,” Gutkind said. “This happens, for the most part, because student-athletes, just like regular students, choose the same major as their friends do, or in this case their teammates.”
Among the male and female student-athletes, four majors were overwhelmingly more popular than the others. Kinesiology, criminology, communications and pre-business were the most popular.
For male athletes, criminology was the most popular with 31 student-athletes in the criminology department. Communications was second with 30 males and kinesiology was third with 28.
For female athletes, kinesiology was by far the most popular. Thirty-four female athletes have kinesiology listed as their major. Criminology was second with 17 female-athletes and pre-business was third with 15.
Here’s a breakdown of the 25 most popular majors. In total, 451 student-athletes listed.
1. Kinesiology- 62 student-athletes
2. Undeclared- 50
3. Criminology- 48
4. Communication- 41
5. Pre-business- 38
6. Business administration- 19
7. Animal science- 16
8. Liberal studies- 15
9. Mass comm and journalism- 14
10. History- 12
11. Biology- 11
12. Health Science-9
13. Recreation administration and leisure studies- 8
14. Sociology- 8
15. Child development- 8
16. Political science- 7
17. Pre-psychology- 6
18. Chemistry- 6
19. Art-graphic design- 5
20. Philosophy- 5
21. Pre-physical therapy- 5
22. Economics- 4
23. Agricultural business- 4
24. Civil engineering- 4
25. Three majors are tied with 3 student-athletes apiece