Multiple majors and degrees
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers several vehicles through which students may pursue multiple majors.
In the course of fulfilling the degree requirements, LAS students may complete the minimum requirements for a second program of study in LAS. (Multiple majors cannot be declared across colleges. See "Second degrees" below.)
Some restrictions apply for double majors:
- A course cannot count toward requirements of more than two majors.
- If you want to complete an additional major, you must earn at least 12 hours of distinct, advanced level course work in the major discipline. [NOTE: These hours do not include supporting course work or technical electives used for the first major.]
- Major combinations with significant course overlap are not allowed, including Molecular and Cellular Biology/Integrative Biology and Mathematics/Math + CS. Additionally, you cannot complete more than one concentration in a single major.
- Students completing Individual Plans of Study must receive the approval of their advisors before declaring a double major.
You can officially declare more than one major. All completed majors do appear on your transcripts.
Students in LAS's Sciences and Letters Curriculum may declare their intent to complete multiple majors in LAS any time except the months of April and November by notifying their admissions/records officer in LAS Student Academic Affairs. Secure the appropriate form, meet with an advisor in each department, and submit the completed form to the admissions/records officer.
Please note that students declaring a major with a tuition differential will have this major listed as their primary major, affecting tuition billing.
Multiple majors are not available to students in Specialized Curricula.
Second degrees in LAS, as compared with multiple majors, are available to Sciences and Letters students in special cases.
- All students who desire a second degree in LAS must apply for admissions to second degree candidacy.
- Curricular combinations with significant course overlap are not allowed, including Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering/Biochemistry, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry/Integrative Biology and Biochemistry/Molecular and Cellular Biology.
- Students in LAS pursuing a second field in another college must apply to that college directly for a second degree.
To find out more about the second degree application process in LAS, attend an info session. Note: All info sessions will be held in 2043 Lincoln Hall. This room is only accessible via the elevator/stairs on the west (Wright Street) side of Lincoln Hall.
The schedule for Spring 2018 is:
- 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1
- 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
- 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6
- 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7
- 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12
- 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15
- 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
- 9 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 1
- 4 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 7
- 4 p.m. Monday, Mar. 12
- 9 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 29
- 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3
- 2 p.m. Monday, April 9
- 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18
- 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26
Have questions? Please contact Tenaya Reifsteck by email or at (217) 265-5139.
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