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The most popular degrees among this year's graduates represent a wide variety of academic disciplines on campus. The most popular degrees among this year's graduates represent a wide variety of academic disciplines on campus.

Top 10 Degrees for 2017

SDSU announces the 10 most popular degrees for the Class of 2017.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University offers bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. More than 10,000 graduates will walk across the stage at Viejas Arena during commencement weekend to accept their diplomas. The most popular degrees among this year's graduates represent a wide variety of academic disciplines on campus. Here are the top 10 degrees of 2017:

No. 10: B.A., Communication (Liberal Arts)

As students, these 188 graduates studied either communication studies or health communication. Graduates have developed solid verbal and written communication skills and are prepared for positions in corporate business, community affairs or government.

No. 9: B.A., Economics

Economics majors analyze the ways in which societies decide what to produce, how to produce it, and who receives it. The 198 students who are graduating with this degree will go on to careers in a variety of sectors including government, law and non-profit organizations.

No. 8: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies

These 201 graduates are leaving SDSU with a custom degree they themselves designed with guidance from advisers. The degree allows students to combine classes from three different departments and is ideal for students whose career goal or academic interest is not addressed by an existing SDSU major or major/minor pattern.

No. 7: B.S., Mechanical Engineering

The 203 graduates in this discipline have spent their college career questioning how things work and developing ideas and solutions to make processes and things more efficient. They are prepared to work on diverse problems that require the integration of design, mathematical and analytical skills.

No. 6: B.S., Business Administration - Accounting

The Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy will graduate 232 students. The school has one of the top 10 pass rates among large universities in California for first-time takers of the Certified Public Accountant exam. Students graduating with an accounting degree are qualified for careers in corporate or public accounting, as well as tax, financial planning and auditing.

No. 5: B.S., Business Administration - Marketing

The 256 graduates in this major are leaving SDSU with an understanding of buyer and seller behavior. They know how products and services are developed, priced, promoted, distributed and sold, which prepares them for careers as brand, market or sales managers, analysts and account executives.

No. 4: B.S., Kinesiology - Pre-Physical Therapy

These 265 graduates are prepared for jobs in a broad range of medical, commercial, and educational environments. They also meet the academic requirements necessary for entry to postgraduate education for physical therapy, chiropractic, and podiatry schools, such as SDSU’s physical therapy doctorate program.

No. 3: B.S., Business Administration - Finance

Using the resources of the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, the Center for the Study of Personal Financial Planning and the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Laboratory, these 279 graduates have learned to hone in on specific calculations. Among their talents are administration of funds and loans, buyer and investor relations, financial management, protection of assets and tax administration.

No. 2: B.S., Criminal Justice

These 383 graduates are ready for careers in federal, state and local law enforcement and may work in probation, parole, corrections and other social service agencies. Through SDSU’s criminal justice program, graduates have gained an in-depth understanding of all facets of crime, delinquency and crime control as well as a foundation for critical, balanced, responsible and effective administrative responses.

No. 1: B.A., Psychology

This year, SDSU’s Department of Psychology is sending 481 graduates into the workforce. They studied human behavior and mental processes and participated in hands-on field experiences, internships and undergraduate research. SDSU’s psychology department ranks third among California universities in funding from the National Institutes of Health—the field’s primary funder. Psychology graduates pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including law enforcement, government agencies and health care.

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