Double Majors and Simultaneous Degrees

Students in L&S who wish to pursue more than one major may apply for a double major or simultaneous degrees. A double major program consists of two L&S majors resulting in a Bachelor of Arts degree with two majors, with one diploma issued. Simultaneous degree programs consist of a major in L&S and another from a different school or college on the campus. Simultaneous degrees are posted on one transcript as two degrees, but two separate diplomas are issued (one, a Bachelor of Arts for the L&S major and the other, a second Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science, depending on the kind of degree offered by the other school or college).

Considering More Than One Major

If you have a keen interest in two different academic fields, it is possible, although very challenging, to declare two majors. You will be required to satisfy all the requirements for each of them. The best reason to pursue a double major or simultaneous degree is to fulfill a strong personal intellectual need.

Note: Completing more than one major will not necessarily improve your chances for admission to a graduate program or increase your prospects in your career goals. Furthermore, programs with more than one major often delay graduation and can significantly reduce opportunities to explore more wide-ranging elective course work and areas of personal interest.

Declaring a Double Major

Complete a Double Major Application Packet. Applications will be reviewed during pre-scheduled appointments with a College Adviser at 206 Evans Hall.

All L&S requirements must be completed or accounted for in your planned program (this includes the Reading and Composition, Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and the Seven Course Breadth requirements).

No more than two upper division courses may be used in common to fulfill requirements in both majors.

In order to declare a double major, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in all course work for each major.

Approval from a major adviser is required for each major.

Double major applications should be submitted at least one semester prior to graduation.

Your double major request will be approved only if your proposed program demonstrates that you will be able to finish all degree requirements within nine semesters (counting enrollments in all institutions attended) or by the end of the semester in which you exceed 136 units.

Declaring Simultaneous Degrees

To declare simultaneous degrees (completion of majors offered by two different schools or colleges), submit a Simultaneous Degree Application Packet to the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 206 Evans Hall.

All L&S requirements must be completed or accounted for in your planned program (this includes the Reading and Composition, Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and Seven Course Breadth requirements).

No more than two upper division courses may be used in common to fulfill requirements for both majors.

In order to declare simultaneous degrees, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in all course work for each major.

Approval from an undergraduate major adviser (UMA) is required for each major, and approval from the dean of each college or school is also required.

Simultaneous degrees petitions should be submitted at least two semesters prior to graduation.

In planning simultaneous degrees, you will need to adhere to all unit and residence requirements for each college or school.

Your simultaneous degrees petitions will be approved only if your proposed program demonstrates that you will be able to finish all degree requirements within nine semesters (counting enrollments in all institutions attended) or by the end of the semester in which you exceed 136 units.

Petitions will be reviewed during pre-scheduled appointments with a College Adviser at 206 Evans Hall.

Returning to a Single Major

If you change your mind and wish to drop one of your majors, submit a Double to Single Major petition (if both majors are in L&S) or a Change from Simultaneous Degrees to Single Degree petition (if majors are in different colleges). Note that you will then be subject to the 130 unit ceiling for single majors.