Academic Advocacy

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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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:

  1. Student's progression ratio, taking into consideration number of withdrawals and non-applicable coursework.
  2. Student's GPA, taking into consideration the GPA required for the intended majors.
  3. Evidence of success in coursework leading to preparation for both majors/degrees, including prerequisites, core requirements, or other preparatory courses.
  4. Student's having successfully completed at least one semester at USF but before they have earned 96 credit hours.

Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing of applications. 

For questions regarding the application process, please email academicadvocacy@usf.edu.  

Double Majors

Double Majors Declaration Form (click here to preview this application form)

 

Concurrent Degrees

Concurrent Degrees Declaration Form  (click here to preview this application form)