Academic Advocacy

Double Majors & Concurrent Degrees Declaration

Students are encouraged to complete one baccalaureate degree with options of enriching it with internships, study abroad, research, and other enrichment activities. When appropriate, students can progress on to earn a graduate degree toward their specific career goals. In cases where double majors or concurrent degrees will enhance a student's development, the University will review the request and make a decision as to the appropriateness of the double majors or concurrent degrees to the student's educational and career goals and to the extent the request is within Degree Progression and Completion policy 10-505.

The Degree Progression and Completion policy requires that double majors and concurrent degrees be completed within no more than two additional semesters (10 semesters total) from a student's original projected graduation date and within the Excess Credit Hour (ECHs) threshold. The ECHs thresholds for double majors* and concurrent degrees are based on the threshold for the first major or degree plus 30 hours. Students approved for double majors or concurrent degrees will be charged the Excess Hour Surcharge required by the State at the threshold if they do not complete the second major or degree.

*Effective fall 2016, students are no longer able to pursue a double major between different degree programs (i.e. double majoring in B.A. and B.S. degree programs) if they are not able to complete the degree within 132 credit hours. Students interested in pursuing majors across different degree programs are encouraged to consider the Concurrent Degrees Application.

Further considerations for approving the request for double majors and concurrent degrees will include but not be limited to:

Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing of applications.

 

Requesting to declare Double Majors or Concurrent Degrees  DM and CD process flowchart

 

Application to Declare Double Majors

Effective fall 2016, students are no longer able to pursue a double major between different degree programs (i.e. double majoring in B.A. and B.S. degree programs) if they are not able to complete the degree within 132 credit hours. Students interested in pursuing majors across different degree programs are encouraged to consider the Concurrent Degrees Application.

  • ONE degree is awarded with double majors and can be from the same or different colleges.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours are required to complete a degree with double majors.
  • Students are not permitted to pursue more than two majors unless granted as an exception by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the respective departments for each major.
  • Students must meet all requirements of each major separately.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours (excluding accelerated credit).
  • Student must have completed at least one semester at USF.
  • Students will need to schedule appointments with Academic Advisors in both majors to complete the Personal Statement Worksheet and Academic Plan as outlined in the process for requesting to declare Double Majors or Concurrent Degrees.

Apply to Declare Double Majors

 

Application to Declare Concurrent Degrees

  • TWO degrees are awarded and can be from the same or different colleges and degree programs.
  • A minimum of 150 credit hours are required to complete concurrent degrees.
  • Residency (minimum of 30 semester hours in USF undergraduate courses) and other University requirements must be established in the institution conferring the degree. State and University requirements, once established in the home institution, are not duplicated.
  • Students must meet all requirements of the college awarding each degree.
  • When two different colleges are conferring degrees, the student should maintain status as a continuing student and both colleges should be informed of the student's progress toward degree completion before the student applies for graduation from either college.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours (excluding accelerated credit).
  • Student must have completed at least one semester at USF.
  • Students will need to schedule appointments with Academic Advisors in both majors to complete the Personal Statement Worksheet and Academic Plan as outlined in the process for requesting to declare Double Majors or Concurrent Degrees.

Apply to Declare Concurrent Degrees