The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers several vehicles through which students may pursue multiple majors.
In the course of fulfilling the degree requirements, LAS students may complete the minimum requirements for a second program of study in LAS. (Multiple majors cannot be declared across colleges. See "Second degrees" below.)
Some restrictions apply for double majors:
- A course cannot count toward requirements of more than two majors.
- If you want to complete an additional major, you must earn at least 12 hours of distinct, advanced level course work in the major discipline. [NOTE: These hours do not include supporting course work or technical electives used for the first major.]
- Major combinations with significant course overlap are not allowed, including Molecular and Cellular Biology/Integrative Biology and Mathematics/Math + CS. Additionally, you cannot complete more than one concentration in a single major.
- Students completing Individual Plans of Study must receive the approval of their advisors before declaring a double major.
You can officially declare more than one major. All completed majors do appear on your transcripts.
Students in LAS's Sciences and Letters Curriculum may declare their intent to complete multiple majors in LAS any time except the months of April and November by notifying their admissions/records officer in LAS Student Academic Affairs. Secure the appropriate form, meet with an advisor in each department, and submit the completed form to the admissions/records officer.
Please note that students declaring a major with a tuition differential will have this major listed as their primary major, affecting tuition billing.
Multiple majors are not available to students in Specialized Curricula.
Students in LAS Specialized Curricula for whom multiple majors are not otherwise an option and undergraduates in other colleges at the University of Illinois who wish to add a LAS degree program must follow the procedure for completing a dual degree.
Please note: Students in LAS pursuing an additional degree program in a University of Illinois college other than LAS must apply directly to that college for dual-degree candidacy.
LAS students in Science and Letters curricula are expected to declare multiple majors and minors. There is no limit on the numbers of major/minor programs that an LAS Science and Letters student may declare. On occasion, a Science and Letters undergraduate may have specific graduate school, research, or career plans which provide a compelling academic reason for completion of a dual degree instead of additional majors or minors, but these cases are rare.
To find out more about the second degree application process in LAS, attend an info session. Note: All info sessions will be held in 2043 Lincoln Hall. This room is only accessible via the elevator/stairs on the west (Wright Street) side of Lincoln Hall.
The schedule for Spring 2020 has changed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact Tenaya Reifsteck to arrange a Zoom, email, or phone meeting regarding your interest in a dual degree.
- Students seeking dual degree candidacy must complete the full application process, including securing appropriate advising and being approved at the departmental and college levels according to the required schedule. Part of the planning process involves meeting with the advisors in each of the proposed majors to determine appropriate class choices and to assess whether a second degree is an appropriate path in achieving educational goals.
- Students must complete all of the requirements specified for both degree programs as well as an additional 30 hours above those required for the degree with the highest number of total required hours.
- All LAS general education requirements must be fulfilled, including non-primary language.
- Students desiring to complete a dual degree must earn at least 12 hours of distinct, advanced level coursework in the LAS major discipline. Careful planning is important because the courses used as distinct advanced coursework in the LAS major cannot be used in meeting another degree program's requirements.
- Curricular combinations with significant course overlap are not allowed. Examples include: chemistry/biochemistry, chemical engineering/biochemistry, chemistry/chemical engineering, biochemistry/integrative biology, biochemistry/molecular and cellular biology, and CS+X/CS+X.
- Students must also review the university rules governing dual degrees, which can be found in §3: 801 in the Student Code.
University regulations on dual degrees require that the 30 additional hours for the dual degree must be completed on the Urbana campus.
All dual degree candidates in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences must be enrolled in LAS for a minimum of two semesters. In addition, the candidate must complete 12 distinct advanced hours in the LAS major that are not used in meeting the requirements for any other degree program.
Maximum terms of eligibility
All candidates for LAS degrees are accorded a maximum of 10 semesters of total university enrollment to complete their degrees. This includes semesters completed at other institutions.
Timing in completion of dual degree
Students can complete the requirements for either or both degrees whenever they are able, but they must graduate from both degree programs in the same semester. Entry of the dual degree into the Banner system will occur during final graduation auditing.
- For decisions effective summer and fall term: Priority deadline is Feb. 15, however applications will be accepted for review through March 1
- For decisions effective spring term: Priority deadline is Sept. 15, however applications will be accepted for review through Oct. 1
Student must observe the following submission deadlines:
- For students planning to complete undergraduate degrees in eight semesters, we recommend you submit all application materials to the college no later than the fifth term of enrollment. However, submission is required for review no later than the student's seventh term.
- For students planning to complete undergraduate degrees in 10 semesters, we recommend you submit all application materials to the college no later than seventh term of enrollment. Submission is required no later than the student's ninth term.
Obtaining and completing the application
Interested students must attend a dual degree information session to obtain the application form. (See the schedule above.) All questions should be directed to Tenaya Reifsteck.
Approval of application
Students who are approved for a dual degree will not have both degree programs entered into the Banner registration system until their final semester.