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When undergraduates are studying for a degree which combines more than one subject, one of which is their chief field of study, that specialist subject is referred to as their major subject. As well as serving as an adjective, the term can be used as a noun to refer to the subject or to the student themselves, so that, for example, a student studying English literature, with philosophy and history as subsidiary subjects, will be an English major, for whom English is their major. In addition, it can be employed as a verb, as in ‘She will major in English’.

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