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Double Majors & Dual Degrees in Modern Languages

Many students combine a major in a foreign language with another major in the College of Liberal Arts (e.g. B.A. in French and History, Spanish and English, etc.). To do this, you should speak with an advisor in both departments; you will also need to visit the office of the Dean to fill out a form and write a letter detailing your plans. Double majors complete the major requirements of a second major in lieu of a minor; their general education requirements are those of the primary major.

It is also possible to do a dual degree, either within the college of Liberal Arts (e.g. B.A. in French and B.S. in Psychology) or across two colleges (e.g. B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Engineering). In this case, you complete all the requirements for both degrees (although some may still overlap). You should see advisors in both majors, and the deans of both colleges, to make your plan and have it approved.

Double majors and dual degrees have proven to be very useful to students on the job market; students in fields other than foreign languages who want to study abroad often find that credits earned on study abroad go a long way toward fulfilling requirements in the foreign language.