Double Major vs. Dual Degree

When discussing with students whether to do a double major or a dual degree, it is very important to know that these are not interchangeable and explain clearly the differences. Below are some quick points.

Double major

Students earn one degree with two majors.

Main Points

  • Students must earn a minimum of 120 hours.
  • Students must meet all degree requirements for each major.
  • If a student is double majoring, a minor is not required.
  • Students can complete a double major in any two degree programs (ex. two BA degrees, two BS degrees, a BA and BS, a BCH and BS, etc., etc., etc.).

Dual Degree

Students earn two distinct degrees.

Main Points

  • Students must earn a minimum of 150 hours
  • Students must meet all degree requirements for each major program. This includes having a minor if the major requires a minor program. There may be exceptions.
  • Students must meet the specific requirements for each college if the degrees are in separate colleges. It is important for a student to meet with an advisor in each college.
  • If both degrees are in the College of Arts & Sciences, they must be two distinct degree types (ex. BA degree and BS degree).
  • If a student is interested in doing a dual degree, the student must meet with a college registrar in 200 Clark Hall to declare and process both degrees in the system.

NOTE: In either degree program option, double-dipping between major(s) and minor(s) (one course fulfilling requirements in more than one major/minor block) is not allowed in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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