Does picking a major also mean picking your future spouse?

Committing to a major in college is a big decision. Not only could it determine your career and future salary - it could even play a part in who you commit to for the rest of your life.

- Committing to a major in college is a big decision. Not only could it determine your career and future salary - it could even play a part in who you commit to for the rest of your life.

Using U.S. Census data, TIME magazine looked at more than 70 million married couples with Bachelor’s degrees to see who was most likely to end up with whom. One “major” takeaway? People really did have the most chemistry with students in their own major. It makes sense partners would have similar interests, but some majors were much more exclusive.

Engineering majors are 1.8 times more likely to have sparks with another Engineering major, but church bells are 22 times more likely to chime for a pair of Music majors.

When college students didn’t end up with someone in their major, they still often tied the knot with someone in a related field. An accounting major is more likely to couple up with someone who studied Finance or Business before serenading a Performing Arts major.

But there were some surprises. Computer Science majors were more likely to discuss pre-nups with Law majors than with anyone in the fields of Math and Statistics. And Physics majors have an affinity for Language majors. Oh la la.

Is this true for you, or did your major play a minor role?


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