Second Major


Students are encouraged to complete one baccalaureate degree with options of enriching it with internships, study abroad, research, and other experiential 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 respective Colleges 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.

Due to update in state performance metrics, double majors and concurrent degrees must be completed within a student’s 8 semester plan 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 Credit 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 their Excess Credit Hour Threshold. Students interested in pursuing majors across different degree programs are encouraged to consider the Concurrent Degrees option.

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 both majors/degrees, including prerequisites, core requirements, or other preparatory courses
  • Student's having successfully completed at least one semester at USF

To begin the process for declaring a Double Major or Concurrent Degree, students should meet with their primary major Academic Advisor to discuss how declaring a second major or degree will support their academic and professional goals. 

Please allow up to 8 weeks for processing of requests.