Some students applying to college may declare a double major. Double majoring requires a student to complete two sets of degree requirements allowing the student to graduate with two degrees. Due to the substantial commitment double majoring requires, we have outlined five considerations for making the double major dive.

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS: FIVE CONSIDERATIONS FOR DOUBLE MAJORING


Introduction

Careful analysis and deliberation should precede declaring a double major. Double majoring requires a student to complete two sets of degree requirements allowing them to graduate with two degrees. Unfortunately, it requires a substantial time, money, and academic commitment. If you are considering double majoring, seriously contemplate the pros and cons of this decision. Record your thoughts in a journal and investigate exactly what you will realistically gain from this accomplishment. To facilitate this process, we have outlined five considerations for making the double major dive.

1. Motivation

What is compelling you to choose a double major? Consider why you are making this choice and if it is really necessary. Ask yourself, “What will I gain?” If you are considering graduate school, find out if double majoring increases your chances of acceptance into your select program. If graduate school is not an option, ask employers if double majoring will increase your chances of procuring gainful employment post graduation.

2. Financial

Do you have the resources to fulfill this financial obligation? You will have to take more classes to complete a double major. Therefore, it will take more time and cost more money. If you are applying for student loans, contact the appropriate personnel to determine if the funds will be available. Ask if you will be eligible for additional loans, if necessary.

3. Effort

Is it worth the sacrifice? A double major requires a lot more effort. Therefore, you will have fewer opportunities for spending time with friends and engaging in extracurricular activities. Part of the college experience is about socializing and participating in clubs and volunteer activities. Quite often, the fun moments are a necessary distraction from the intense stress of college academics providing a break for the mind and body. Consider your academic breaking point prior to committing to a double major.

4. Advice

Have you spoken to trusted sources about this decision? Discuss the pros and cons of double majoring with your parents. Make sure they understand and are in agreement to the additional financial and time commitments this may entail. Also, when you visit a college, ask your Academic Advisor about double majoring and what benefits it has provided for other students. Inquire if there are college students who will speak with you about their decision to double major.

5. Options

Is there a simpler solution? Consider other options in lieu of a double major, such as a major and a minor. Perhaps taking a few classes in a subject rather than committing to a second major is a viable option. Again, when you visit a college, ask your Academic Advisor about other possibilities. Your School Counselor may also have ideas from their experience with other students regarding how they solved this dilemma.

Conclusion

Carefully examine the challenges and benefits of declaring a double major. Use our search tips at the right to determine if double majoring is right for you. Your time will be well-spent. If you’re looking for additional online resources pertaining to college majors, visit College Pencilpedia. For more great tips and a step-by-step approach for choosing your college major, purchase “The Ultimate College Application Guide” on Amazon today.

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