Overview & Definitions
Students may enroll in dual (or multiple) majors or degrees. Dual majors differ from dual degrees primarily in the number of unduplicated credits required and in the manner in which the additional credentials are recorded, as seen in the following definitions:
Dual Degree: Two degree programs with significant non-duplicated, major-specific course work (15 or more credits for an associate’s degree or certificate; 30 or more for a bachelor’s degree). Two diplomas are awarded.
Dual Major: Two declared majors with a minimum amount of non-duplicated, major-specific course work (6-14 credits for an associate’s degree or certificate; 12-29 credits for a bachelor’s degree). One diploma is awarded for the first or “primary” major, with all additional or “secondary” majors recorded on permanent academic records, including the student’s transcript.
Students wishing to declare a dual major or dual degree must meet the following requirements:
- Must have completed a minimum of 12 credits in a Penn College major, not including credits completed during a developmental semester.
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Must have successfully met the developmental and/or admissions requirements for both the first major (primary major) and the desired dual majors/degrees.
- Must pay the Dual Degree ($40)/Dual Major ($25) Enrollment Fee at the time the dual major/degree is declared.
Restrictions & Standards
The following majors and degree types are not eligible for dual major/dual degree:
- General Studies
- Individual Studies
- Bachelor-degree programs identified as “2+2” programs, which require an associate’s degree as an entrance requirement.
- Bachelor-degree programs designed specifically as transfer majors (associate’s to bachelor’s), including bachelor-degree concentrations that generally enroll students who have completed related associate-degree majors.
The following academic standards/requirements also apply:
- Students who have been academically suspended may not declare secondary majors until successfully completing 12 additional credits in their primary major with a 2.5 minimum graduation GPA.
- All students enrolled in dual majors/degrees must maintain a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 in each major.
- All capstone, special-designation course requirements (i.e., ART, CUL, STS, WRT), or other specialized requirements such as internships and clinical experiences must be met for each major.
Declaring a Dual Major/Dual Degree
Students cannot petition to graduate in undeclared majors; therefore, the student is required to declare dual majors/degrees as soon as possible, but no later than before the beginning of the last semester prior to graduation.
Students wishing to declare a dual major/degree can do so through the Registrar’s office. In person or in writing, the student indicates the intent to pursue the additional major/degree. The Registrar will review the request and seek authorization from the student’s adviser and school dean. If all eligibility requirements and authorizations are met, the additional majors will be indicated in the student’s academic records.
An additional profile will be developed for the new major to allow for tracking of completed course work. The student will be assigned an adviser for the secondary major; depending on the major selected, this may be the same adviser assigned for the primary major. If the student is assigned an additional adviser, meetings with both advisers will be required at scheduling time.
Students enrolled in dual majors/degrees must petition to graduate in each major.
This information is provided as a summary of the College's academic policy. Official College Policy and Procedure statements, which are available to students on the myPCT Portal, hold precedent over any information provided here.