Undergraduate students may enroll in dual (or multiple) majors or degrees. Rather than the general term “double major,” Penn College uses the distinctive terms “dual major” and “dual degree” to denote the degree of uniqueness between two curricula in which a student may enroll.
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.
Declaring a Dual Major or Dual Degree
Current students wishing to declare a dual major/degree can do so through the Registrar’s Office. They must do so no later than the beginning of the last semester prior to graduation. Current students should read Policy and Procedure 4.20, Dual Major/Dual Degree, for details about declaring additional majors, eligibility requirements, restrictions, and academic standards.
Although additional majors are typically declared after initial enrollment, some dual major/dual degree combinations work more seamlessly together if declared prior to scheduling the first semester. Those interested in pursuing one of these combinations can indicate their interest on the Application for Admission.
Additional dual major/dual degree opportunities beyond those listed below are available for initial enrollment. Contact your Admissions Counselor for assistance.