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The 10 Hardest College Majors You Could Do

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1. Engineering

Hours a Week Spent on Work: 19

Why It’s Hard: 86% of engineering students say that their university pressures them to spend vast amounts of time studying and on academic work. All that pressure and all those numbers… halp.

2. Physics and Computer Science

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 16

Why It’s Hard: 71% of physics and computer science students say that their university pressures them to spend vast amounts of time studying and on academic work. That's enough work to make just about anyone blow!

3. Biology (and Other Biological Sciences)

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 16

Why It’s Hard: 84% of biology students say that — you guessed it! — their university pressures them to spend vast amounts of time studying and on academic work. These students also say that they are so biologically over it.

4. Liberal Arts & General Humanities

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 16

Why It’s Hard: Students are assigned an average of eight hours of required reading and 80 pages of writing per school year. Equipped with the tools of supreme pontification, they'll go on to talk their way to the top!

5. Health Professions

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 16

Why It’s Hard: Do you have what it takes to work on the human body? Students report that 70% of their course load is very challenging. The average is 60%.

6. Education

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 15

Why It’s Hard: Being in school to practically stay in school for the rest of your life is harder than you'd imagine. In addition to 80% of students saying that their university pressures them to spend vast amounts of time studying, they also report that their percentage of academically challenging courses are higher than average.

7. Business

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 14

Why It’s Hard: The Business Cat life is tough. Business students have the second highest amount of assigned writing (81 pages) per school year and reading (eight hours) per week.

8. Social Sciences

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 14

Why It’s Hard: How does that make us feel? Like our fingers are about to fall off! Social science students have the highest amount of assigned writing (92 pages) per school year and reading (eight hours) per week.

9. Social Services

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 13

Why It’s Hard: Helping others requires a lot of know-how and finesse. Those who undertake social services tie with social science students for amount of assigned writing per school year.

10. Communications & Public Relations

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Hours a Week Spent on Work: 12

Why It’s Hard: Communications students know how to work the system, that's for sure. They make up for the smaller amount of time they spend working on assignments for class each week by reading tons and tons. They spend an average of six hours per week reading, putting engineering students (who spend an average of five hours a week reading) to shame.

*Subjects ranked by hours spent preparing for class per week.

All data was taken from the 2013 Annual Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement.