Below are the main differences between a double degree seeking and a double major seeking student. For further information, refer to Second Baccalaureate Degree and Double Major (76-2).
- 225 minimum credits required (*MRC students, see below)
- Core requirements for both degrees must be completed
- Major requirements for both majors must be completed
- 2 Diplomas will be issued
Double Major (*MRC students, see below)
- 180 minimum credits required
- Core requirements for the primary degree/major must be completed
- College requirements for the secondary major must be completed (i.e. College of Arts & Sciences requires the 15 credit Modern Language Series and an additional History course)
- Major requirements for both majors must be completed, including any Core courses required within the second major
- One Diploma will be issued with two majors listed
Which one should I or my advisee choose?
Students who wish to pursue a double major in two different colleges (i.e. Albers School of Business and Economics and Arts and Sciences) would likely benefit from declaring a double degree in lieu of a double major due to the fact that they will likely meet the 225 credits given the variation across colleges.
*Note that students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities may not select the double major option; they must select the double degree option and will be required to complete 180 credits for both degrees, not 225 credits.