Double Major FAQ
Double Major Frequently Asked Questions
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- Is a double major right for me?
- What regulations do I need to understand to double major?
- Does choosing one major mean giving up all others?
Should you pursue a double major? The answer to this question depends on your academic interests and goals. Because there are a variety of ways to arrange your program of study (choices among majors, minors, certificates, and concentrations), it is important that you consider your decision carefully and understand how your choices will affect your academic requirements.
Consider a double major:
- If you will enjoy and do well in the required courses.
- If the coursework will help you focus your personal, academic, and career aspirations.
- If you are strongly committed to both majors.
- If a second adjunct major will complement your primary major.
Reconsider a double major:
- If you haven't clarified your academic interests and goals.
- If you simply want to impress potential employers or graduate schools.
- If the course work will be difficult to complete in four years.
- If you would like to take diverse courses outside of your major disciplines. Pursuing a double major can make it difficult to complete courses that are not part of your planned program of study.
- If your interests will be served better by existing interdisciplinary and ad hoc major options.
- If you won't have the time to take advantage of research and independent study opportunities, or departmental honors seminars.
If you intend to double major, you must declare your majors individually in each department. After you declare your majors, you will be assigned a departmental adviser for each of them.
In many cases, classes that you take as major requirements for one major may be used as related courses for your second major program. However, courses that you take as major requirements for one major program cannot be counted as major requirements for your second major. Because there are nuances to these rules, be sure to ask your adviser for more information. One year before you graduate, you must submit a separate Petition to Graduate in each of your major's departments.
If you complete all of the requirements associated with the majors from two different departments, both majors will be indicated on your transcript.
There are several options for you to combine your academic interests. While the degree requirements of your school mandate that you complete a major, you also have a variety of alternatives that include dual degree programs, a second major, a minor, certificate programs, concentrations within majors, and foreign study. Other possibilities include using elective courses to complement your major program. For example, if you are interested in marketing, courses in communication studies, psychology, economics, and sociology may be useful to you.