What is a Double Major?
A double major refers to a degree in which a student has earned enough credits for majors in two different disciplines. A double major can vary from a double degree program, which confers two separate programs and may require more credit hours.
1. Start Early
Starting your classes at the beginning of the semester in any double major course determines your success. This will enable you to remain up to speed with lectures as well as tasks or assignments. Considering the fact that your workload is more than the average student, you need to start early.
2. Consider the Source of Funds
Source of funding is very key for a student who wants to run a double major. If the financial cost of studies is expensive, it is better to address that before making your decision. Consider the cost implications now because you may not have time to work while studying. Your financial eligibility and loan repayment matter thus consider the expenses for books, extra classes, etc which will come in double. Most universities allow for some amount of double-dipping, so be careful to check your university’s specific requirements.
3. Keep in contact with your Advisors at all times
Seek your academic advisors’ opinion on your decision to major in more than one course. This will help you understand more about the coursework, requirements and implications for adding a second major. They will also guide you toward specific courses that will allow you to explore a second major more in-depth. They’ll equally guide you on how to satisfy General Elective course requirements.
Your advisors will clarify you on the advantages you may have in taking related and unrelated majors. For example, taking a related major can lighten the course load and shorten the time to graduate. Unrelated majors can lead to a longer time spent in college, this is definitely worth considering.
4. Pick majors that will count for something after you Graduate
At some schools, there are two terms “dual major” and “double major” that mean very different things. At these institutions, a double major consists of two majors in completely different areas of study. Dual majors, on the other hand, are two majors in two similar areas of study. For instance, two majors in chemical engineering and art history will result in a double major. Two majors in business and economics will be a dual major which allows students with double majors to graduate with two separate college degrees.
5. Be focused and make plans
Double majors may not be easy for you but it’s possible. Set goals for everyday tasks and make them achievable. Be very effective and conscious of the limited time available to you. With adequate planning and preparation, you can complete your study programs successfully. Your senior colleagues will give you valuable advice as to how to do so.
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