The accreditation and evaluation of undergraduate majors is one of the most important elements in the monitoring of China’s higher education quality. with the combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, this paper illustrates the stages of development, problems of undergraduate majors operation in China, and proposes an evaluation framework for undergraduate majors from the fourth paradigm perspective. The development of undergraduate major evaluation in China are divided into four stages: the budding period (1985–1998), the rising period (1998–2009), and the booming period (2010–2022). The forms of evaluation are divided into major accreditation, major ranking and major assessment. Major evaluation mode includes independent evaluation mode, comprehensive evaluation mode and appraisal mode. Continuous collection of sample data, customized indicators, multiple fusion calculation analysis, visual feedback are the typical features of big- data-based intelligent education evaluation.
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