Improve Your English – Lesson 22: MAJOR/MAJOR IN

The word major, when used to mean the subject that one studies in college, is frequently used incorrectly.

When used as a verb, the word major requires the preposition in. When used as a noun, the word major often requires a possessive noun or pronoun. Also major is only used in referring to students, not graduates.

If referring to graduates the past tense must be used.

  • Don’t say: Miss Suda majored political science.
  • Do say: Miss Suda majored in political science.
  • Do say: Mr. Grey’s major is chemistry.