Featured Image

What Should You Major in Based on Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

On the fence about what to major in? See if your favorite holiday movie can point you in the right direction!

It’s around this time that you’re probably starting to seriously think about what you should major in. On the fence about what to pick? See if your favorite holiday movie can point you in the right direction! 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Can you tell anyone what the true meaning of Christmas is? Are you the Charlie Brown-iest at the holidays? Take a hint from Lucy and go into Psychology so you can help the Charlie Browns of the world (for more than a nickel at that).

A Christmas Carol

If any version of this classic cautionary tale is your favorite, you’d be a good fit for Finance. Just remember not to be a miserly humbug like Scrooge. 

A Christmas Story

Want to make sure your podcast secret isn’t just a crummy commercial? Consider a major in Broadcast Media so you can have a say in what they put on the radio. Just don’t say fudge (actually say fudge).

Die Hard

You want to save the world. You want to stop the bad guys. You should be a Criminal Justice major so you can do just that. But maybe not exactly like Detective John McClane.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

If you hate all the noise, noise, noise, noise of the city life and would rather sit atop a quiet mountain peak, try your hand at Resort Management. And when the top of Mount Crumpit doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of quiet resorts to manage along the shore.


Do you like to whisper too? If you enjoy the way Buddy can spin a yarn, try going for a Creative Writing degree. Feel free to name all your characters Francisco—it’s a fun name!

Home Alone

Like the way Kevin McCallister sets up traps to get out of trouble? You’d be a great Mechanical Engineering major so you can figure out the structures and mechanics for your own devices. 

Love Actually

Who doesn’t love the idea of holding the highest political office and jamming to ’80s hits like everyone else? Go in for Political Science so you can live that dream. Feel it in your fingers and feel it in your toes: that’s the right way to go.

Miracle on 34th Street

If you admire the tenacity it takes to defend Santa Claus with all the odds against you, you should definitely major in Pre-law or Legal Studies. It takes a lot to prove Santa Claus is real, but you could do it too—with a few years of legal knowledge.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Do you admire Clark’s 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights? If you like to make things light up, Electrical Engineering is the major for you. Maybe with your help they’ll work on the first try!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Loving this Christmas crossover doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the Pumpkin King, but it might show your love for Chemistry. If you research and examine with the same vigor as Dr. Finkelstein and Jack, you’ll ex-skeleton! 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Sick of all the issues surrounding the holiday commute? Rather the title be just Planes? Consider a major in Aeronautics. Help streamline the jet stream and get everyone to relax a little more in their travels.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You’re determined. You’re unique. You’re in-de-pen-dent! Consider Pre-dentistry or Dental Hygiene like Hermey, our favorite non-singing elf. Don’t Bumble around it and clean those teeth.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

It’s snowing in Southtown and Santa’s tanning on the North Pole?! This is an environmental mess! But you can change that with a major in Environmental Science. That way you can help Mother Nature control those bickering Heat and Snow Misers.

White Christmas

Someone who enjoys the well-meaning friendship and showstopper musical numbers of this classic belongs in Theater Arts. Maybe one day you can even come up with your own lodge-saving variety show!

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Did we miss any classics? Let us know in the comments!

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

choosing a major christmas Christmas movies fun holidays majors quizzes

About Kara E. Joyce

Kara E. Joyce is an editor and writer who frequently contributes to CollegeXpress. When she isn’t hunched over editing material, you can find her powerlifting in the gym, pirouetting in a dance studio, or planning her next adventure.


Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
CollegeXpress Logo


Are you our next winner?

Register now for our scholarship giveaway

Casey Kammeyer

Casey Kammeyer

$500 Refer-A-Friend Scholarship Winner

I love the site CollegeXpress; it has been very helpful finding colleges and getting them to send me information. It has also been very, very helpful with finding tons of scholarships. Also, I told many of my friends about it and they love it as well!

Kelly Nogueiro

Kelly Nogueiro


For me, CollegeXpress has given me a valuable tool to use with my students to explore colleges easily beyond objective data. It helps me find colleges for students that fit their needs and wants that aren’t quite so black and white. It's a wealth of knowledge, and the Type-A side of me loves all the lists and the fact that I know they're coming from folks who know what they're talking about. I share it with colleagues and students alike, and it's always well received.

Tinuola Dada

Tinuola Dada

$2,000 Community Service Scholarship Winner, 2015

I am very excited to be this year's recipient of the Multicultural Student Community Service Scholarship. This scholarship will bring me ever closer to my academic and professional goals. CollegeXpress has been an exceptional resource to me, and I recommend it to all rising seniors as they begin to navigate the college application process.

Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Bell College Consulting

The college lists on CollegeXpress are indispensable for sussing out creative additions to a student’s list, and the college-specific pages provide terrific commentary and suggestions for related schools. CollegeXpress is among the most trusted sources I use for information for my students.

Anthony Vidal

Anthony Vidal

High School Class of 2023

CollegeXpress has helped me in a series of different ways when it comes to finding scholarships and learning information about different universities. I actually found my dream university through CollegeXpress and am working on getting there.

College Matches