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Double Major
Double Major in Business
What is Double Major?
Dual Majors
Dual Major Vs. Double Major
Dual Degree
Dual Degree Vs. Double Major
Declaring a Double Major
Declaring Double Major
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How to?
Pros & Cons of Double Majors
Pros and Cons
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Double Major

Double Major

If you love education, and who doesn’t, you can take your undergraduate or graduate level learning to an even higher level: Two major courses of study at once. Instead of having one major course of study, you can take courses in two separate disciplines and graduate with a degree that has a Double Major. In this guide, we will walk you through about all aspects of Double Major programs.

What is Double Major?

If you have the desire, schedule, and other available resources, most universities will allow you to study two disciplines at the same time. (Make sure you meet with academic advisors from both departments to understand the requirements.). Every university has its specific definition of what constitutes a Double Major. However, the general definition of Double Major is basically “one college degree with two college majors.” For example, a student might have a Double Major in Business and Sociology, but only graduate with one Bachelor’s degree.

Dual Major vs. Double Major

Some universities also use the term, Dual Major. This may be just another term for a Double Major, or it may be defined differently. Make sure to check with your academic advisor to understand how your institution uses the term. Some schools define Double Major to mean two majors in completely different areas of study. Some universities define Dual Majors to be in two similar areas of study. For example, two majors in Chemical Engineering and Art History (unrelated disciplines) will result in a Double Major at these institutions. In comparison, two majors in Business and Economics (related disciplines) will be a Dual Major.

Dual Degree vs. Double Major

At some schools, students who Double Major in unrelated fields, like History and Nursing, will get two Bachelor’s degrees. And if the student’s majors are in related fields, like Business and Economics, they will only graduate with one degree. The result of a Double Major is obtaining one degree while earning a Dual Degree results in two degrees. Exactly how this works will depend on the school’s specific rules and the type of degrees chosen.

There is also the possibility of a Dual Degree at different academic levels. For instance, students may be able to enroll in a Dual Degree program where they earn a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting along with a Master’s degree in Accounting. Earned separately, it might take six years to complete both degrees. But with this Dual Degree program, it takes five years.

How to Declare a Double Major?

When you declare a major as an undergraduate, you agree to fulfill the qualification requirements and/or prerequisites of a particular department at your school. Typically, this means you need to take a minimum number of courses/credits within that particular department, plus a selection of elective classes from other departments. (For instance, if you were studying for a major in Economics, there may be a requirement to take your choice of a Science elective.). As an undergraduate, you may also have to declare a Minor (in another department), which requires far fewer courses than the Major course of study.

“Declaring a Major” at graduate-level degrees is a little different. Usually, when you apply to a university, you are also applying to a specific school (Political Science, History, Physics, Computer Science, etc.). That school will, of course, have its requirements to obtain a degree.

How to Double Major?

On the undergraduate level, students usually take four years to earn a degree with one major. In the same time frame, if done carefully and with your university’s approval, you can manage a Double Major. The typical Bachelor’s degree is 120 credits. General education requirements take up about 40 credits, and the major will require about 40-50 credits, leaving roughly 30-40 credits available for electives, or that second major. You will need to take the necessary procedural steps to declare a Double Major officially. Speaking with an academic advisor is often a requirement for students before acceptance into a Double Major program. An academic advisor can help ensure that you get the right courses in the right order.

You will probably need to complete a special application. This will typically include a course outline or roadmap of how you plan on earning the Double Major. It may also include a statement of purpose that includes the reasons why you want to pursue two majors. Only after the college or university approves the request is the Double Major possible.

Pros & Cons of Double Majors

A Double Major might be a great opportunity, but it does require a lot of extra work and sacrifice. And in some instances, it doesn’t help a graduate earn any more money or have any better job prospects at graduation. The following is a list of advantages and disadvantages of earning a Double Major:

Pros of Double-Major

  • Can help to improve possible job prospects
  • May increase the student’s earning potential
  • Can help to develop a deeper level of knowledge
  • There may be more potential career paths
  • Can create a sense of pride and personal accomplishment

Cons of Double Major

  • May delay graduation
  • Can make college more expensive
  • Provides fewer opportunities to explore new areas of study
  • Creates a busier academic college life
  • You may need to choose a major earlier

Double Major – FAQs

Q: Is a Double Major worth it?
A: Yes. When you can gain knowledge of a degree in two areas without going through a full program, it makes it worthwhile. This is especially true in today’s competitive job market.
Q: Is Double Major the same as two degrees?
A: In most cases, no. But the answers depend on the school. Some schools award two degrees for double major students, and they might call it a dual degree.
Q: Does it cost more to Double Major?
A: It can if you must spend extra time in school or attend a school that charges additional tuition for heavier course loads. But getting a Double Major for the same cost as a single major is possible, especially if you enroll in college with credits already under your belt or can take courses that fulfill multiple academic requirements.
Q: How hard is it to Double Major?
A: Compared to a single major, getting a Double Major will be more work. You will have to choose your courses carefully and stay organized to make sure all necessary classes are completed at the right time. Academically, a Double Major will usually be more challenging because a student is studying two educational disciplines at once.
Q: How long does it take to do a Double Major?
A: It depends on the school and the number of credits required for each major. But typically, it takes about four years to get an undergraduate degree and two years for a master’s degree with a double major if you plan it well.
Q: Can you Double Major Master’s degree?
A: Yes. Many schools offer a master’s program with a Double Major.
Q: Can you Double Major online?
A: Yes, many online schools offer both bachelor’s and master’s degrees that are Double Majors.

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