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Double Major Criteria

Students interested in adding a second major from those majors offered by the College of Liberal Arts must be able to complete the majors concurrently (see “Double Majors and Degrees” on catalog.calpoly.edu) and must meet all the same criteria listed for students changing majors (see CLA Change of Major). Students interested in adding a second major are encouraged to consider doing so early in their academic careers.

All College of Liberal Arts majors are impacted, and therefore it may not be possible to accept double majors in all programs or in every quarter. Because of resource issues and program demands, students cannot double major in art and design.

After establishing their interest and eligibility, students shall

  1. Develop an academic plan (XLS) showing that they can complete both majors in a timely manner, as outlined below.
  2. Write a narrative addressing reasons why a second major is appropriate to their academic or career goals, as outlined below.
  3. Obtain an "Add a Major" form, available from the Registrar’s Office (Building 01, Room 222).
  4. Submit all items above for signature in the order below to:
    • Department chair for the target major
    • Department chair for the present major
    • College of Liberal Arts’ Dean's Office

Developing the Academic Plan

Students must develop and submit an academic plan (XLS) along with an “Add a Major” form (obtained from the Registrar's Office) to add a second major. The academic plan should demonstrate that coursework can be completed for both degrees within five academic years or 15 quarters as freshmen. Transfer students should show a path to completion with no more than three years or nine quarters. With the consent of both departments, students may request to have one senior project fulfill the requirement for both majors.

Students should use departmental curriculum sheets and tentative course offerings to develop a realistic plan. Students should consider meeting with their major advisors or the CLA Advising Center for assistance with planning.

Writing the Narrative

Students must submit a minimum one-page narrative describing the benefits of adding a second major as it relates to students’ academic and/or career goals. This should include a rationale for why a second baccalaureate degree would be more beneficial than a minor or graduate degree in the target major. Students should consult with Career Services and/or a faculty advisor for help in identifying academic and/or career benefits.

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