Many students do not declare a double major until at least halfway through their college career. Pursuing a double major is an option for students interested in more than one major area. Double Major Although most students declare only one major, you may formally declare more than one major within a single baccalaureate (A.B. If pursuing a Secondary Major, you can duplicate courses for each major. Double majors must fulfill all the requirements for both their majors with no overlapping or double-counted courses. Double (or Multiple) Major : You must fulfill the requirements for both majors without any course applying to both. Any single course can't count for both requirements. Both departments/programs will have access to all information pertinent to your academic record, and you are expected to have an advisor for both majors. The Secondary Major will appear on your transcript (with SEC as a notation), but not on your diploma. You may do this either at the time of initial Major declaration, or by adding another major at a later date. However, note the following significant differences: Pursuing a secondary major is a good choice for a student interested in pursuing two majors who cannot fulfill the course requirements for the double major. Students with diverse or multiple areas of interest might consider adding breadth to their academic program by choosing to add a double or secondary major. While students are encouraged to seek faculty advising in their secondary department, that department is not required to assign formal advisors to these students. Questions, Comments, or Concerns? MD/PhD. You can do a double major, even in wildly different fields, and the total number of units required to graduate remains 180 units. You should meet with advisors from each program to discuss multiple major options. program. Although most students declare only one major, you may formally declare more than one major within a single baccalaureate (A.B. While students usually only declare one major, it is also possible to declare multiple majors within the same bachelor degree program (BA, BS, or BAS). To ensure that courses do not overlap, the IR Program (and the University) requires that you complete a Multiple Major-Minor Course Approval eform in Axess (available via the Quick Links menu), indicating which courses you plan to apply toward each major. Stanford supports a wide range of opportunities to pursue more than one advanced degree, both within the School of Medicine and throughout other schools across the university. It allows you to either deepen or diversify their course of study. When declaring a double major, make sure not to duplicate courses. Thread Double Major at Stanford Author Date within 1 day 3 days 1 week 2 weeks 1 month 2 months 6 months 1 year of Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04 What I meant by double-counting is that let's say you have to fulfill an area of concentration in one major (5 courses) and a specialty in another (5 more courses). At Stanford, you can't have any overlapping classes for your two majors. Double majors must fulfill all of the requirements for both majors with no overlapping courses. The two exceptions to this are the following: Students with questions about overlapping courses should consult their faculty advisor and refer to the Stanford Bulletin for the official policy on multiple and secondary majors. A double or secondary major needs to be declared by the beginning of junior year. //-->. To declare IR as a secondary major, complete the Proposal forms found on the How to Declare page, and submit them to the IR office. You can certainly change majors if you later realize a different field is a better fit for you. It allows you to either deepen or diversify their course of study.