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CONCURRENT MAJORS PROGRAM
(formerly Dual Degree, Multiple Major, and Simultaneous Degree)
(Senate Policy 60-00)
Two programsconcurrent majors and sequential majorsallow a baccalaureate or associate degree candidate to earn degrees in more than one Penn State major. When completing concurrent majors, the student simultaneously completes all academic requirements for his/her majors and graduates with two (or more) degrees in the same semester.
Liberal Arts and Earth and Mineral Sciences and Liberal Arts and Engineering are concurrent majors that have been combined in established curriculums with specified entrance and graduation requirements. These programs (formerly dual degrees) are presented in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin. For additional information about these two programs, contact the Coordinator of Academic Advising for the College of the Liberal Arts, 101 Sparks Building, 814-865-2545.
Distinct Fields of Study
Levels of Study
Application Deadline and Approval Notification
Cancellation of an Approved Concurrent Major
The majors to be combined may be in the same or different Penn State colleges (e.g., two majors in the Eberly College of Science or one major in the College of the Liberal Arts combined with a major in the College of Communications). Students must meet the entrance requirements for each major. If a student is combining a major that is under administrative enrollment controls, the student must enter the controlled major first and then follow procedures listed in the Student Action section below to enter the additional major(s). Generally, it is not possible for the student to incorporate more than one major that is under administrative enrollment controls in a concurrent majors program.
Distinct Fields of Study
Because the majors must be in distinct fields of study, students generally may not combine a general major and a departmental major in the same college, e.g., majors in science and biology.
Additional limitations have been implemented by some colleges. Students should contact the appropriate advising center at University Park or another Penn State campus for specific information.
Levels of Study
Concurrent majors must be at the same level of study. Baccalaureate degree candidates may only combine baccalaureate majors; associate degree candidates may only combine associate majors.
University, college, and major requirements in effect at the time of entrance to each degree program must be met. With approval from the departments and colleges involved, courses may be used to meet the requirements of more than one major. A student graduates from all of his/her concurrent majors in the same semester.
Degree Audit: At the time a student is admitted to each major, the major and program year are listed on his/her degree audit. Up to four majors can be listed (see section 2 of this sample degree audit). A separate degree audit is generated for each major.
Transcript: A student has one transcript, regardless of the number of his/her concurrent majors. At the time the student is admitted to each major, the major is listed on his/her transcript.
Diploma: Students receive a diploma for each degree earned.
STUDENT ACTION (Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, M-3)
APPLICATION DEADLINE AND APPROVAL NOTIFICATION
A student must submit the completed application form (step 5 above) by the end of the late drop period in his/her final semester.
When a request is approved, the dean who received the completed form reproduces the form and sends a copy to the student, the Registrar's office, and the appropriate dean in the student's other college(s) of enrollment.
When a request is approved, the student is assigned an adviser for the additional major. The student is responsible for consulting with all of his/her assigned advisers to see that each major's requirements are met.
CANCELLATION OF AN APPROVED CONCURRENT MAJOR
To cancel an approved concurrent major, the student must provide written notification to the appropriate dean for the cancelled major. When a dean receives this notification, he/she will notify the student's other college(s) and the Registrar's office.
The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Reviewed: January 2012
Last Update: December 2011