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Concurrent Majors

Concurrent majors (formerly Dual Degree, Multiple Major, and Simultaneous Degree) (Senate Policy 60-00) allow a baccalaureate 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.

Entrance Requirements

The majors to be combined may be in the same or different Penn State colleges (e.g., two majors in the College of Education or one major in the College of Education combined with a major in another college, such as the College of the Liberal Arts or Eberly College of Science). 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 to enter the additional major(s).

Distinct Fields of Study

Because the majors must be in “distinct” fields of study, students may not combine a general major and a departmental major in the same college (e.g.-- the general Science major with the Biology major in the Eberly College of Science).

Additional limitations have been implemented by some colleges. Students should contact the appropriate advising center at University Park or Penn State campus for specific information.

Levels of Study

Concurrent majors must be at the same level of study. Baccalaureate degree candidates may combine only baccalaureate majors, not Associate degrees.

Graduation Requirements

All 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, approved courses may be used to meet the requirements for more than one major. A student must complete all academic requirements for his/her majors and graduate with two (or more) degrees in the same semester. Education students who petition to graduate “without teacher certification” are not eligible for concurrent majors because they will not complete all of the formal degree requirements for the teacher certification major.

Student Responsibilities

It is important for students to meet with their academic adviser and to fill out the application for approval of concurrent majors form to begin the process. Be sure to refer to Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy M-3 for details in the process.

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.