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Declaration of More Than One Major

Within current policies relating to degree requirements, and acceptance and retention in a curriculum major, students may declare as many as two majors. One must be designated as the primary major and the other as the secondary major.

All program requirements for both majors must be completed satisfactorily for students to graduate; however, only one degree will be awarded. To satisfy all degree and program requirements in some combinations, it may be necessary for a student to complete more than the minimum 122 s.h.

Dual-major students:

  • must satisfy all requirements in both majors.
  • are permitted a maximum of 6 s.h. of course overlap between the major field requirements. Any additional overlap must be supplemented with additional course work in the majors. Students should contact the Academic Advisement Center for detailed information concerning dual majors. At present, dual majors that include an Education major with a non-Education major are exempt from the 6 s.h. overlap rule.
  • must satisfy the degree requirements for the B.A. degree when a dual major combines a B.A. major with a B.S. major.

It is possible that the same course may be a requirement in each of the two major programs. If so, the credit earned in that course can be counted only once in total credit accumulations and GPA.

A student may elect to take one major in a teacher-education program and one major in a Liberal Arts program. Most Adolescence Education majors are matched with a Liberal Arts major. For these matched dual majors, no other major may be selected. In such instances, the student must declare Teacher Education as the primary major. As long as a student continues to be in both majors, all required courses in each program (including student teaching) will be counted in fulfillment of graduation requirements. It should be noted, however, that any change out of one major may necessitate a new credit evaluation, which may show some revision of credits allowed toward the remaining major.

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