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!

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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.


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