Double Majors & Concurrent Degrees Declaration
Students may elect to graduate with two majors or two baccalaureate degrees to meet their educational goals. Double majors and concurrent degrees can be from the same or different colleges. Typically, 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. However, in cases where a double major or concurrent degree will enhance a student's development, the University will review the request and make a decision as to the appropriateness of the double major or concurrent degree 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 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 or within the ECHS thresholds for double majors or concurrent degrees. The excess thresholds for the double major 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 Hours Surcharge required by the State at the threshold of the completed major if they do not complete the second major or degree.
Further considerations for approving the request for double majors and concurrent degrees will include but not be limited to:
- Student's progression ratio, taking into consideration number of withdrawals and non-applicable coursework.
- Student's GPA, taking into consideration the GPA required for the intended majors.
- Evidence of success in coursework leading to preparation for the major, including prerequisites, core requirements, or other preparatory courses.
- Student's having successfully completed at least one semester at USF but before they have earned 96 credit hours.
- ONE degree is awarded with double majors.
- 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 will need to schedule appointments with advisors for both majors to complete the academic plan and obtain signatures verifying accuracy. A walk-in session is not appropriate for this type of planning.
- TWO degrees are awarded and can be from the same or different colleges.
- 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 the 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 will need to schedule appointments with advisors for both degrees to complete the academic plan and obtain signatures verifying accuracy. A walk-in session is not appropriate for this type of planning.