Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion on Double Majors and Dual Degrees

Motion:

New Policy, Effective Fall 2007

1340.40 Double Majors & Dual Degrees

A double major consists of two separate majors in the same baccalaureate degree, regardless of the college or colleges in which that degree is awarded. A double major is earned if the student completes all requirements for each of the majors and all requirements for the degree.

Dual degrees are earned if a student satisfies all requirements for two different baccalaureate degrees within one or more colleges of Georgia State University.

Both double majors and dual degrees are subject to “the five year rule.” The minimum residence requirement of 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above must be met for the first major/degree. If the second major/degree is completed concurrently with the first major/degree, or within five calendar years of the first major/degree, this requirement shall be deemed to have been satisfied for both majors/degrees.

After five years from the date of the award of the first major/degree, credit that has been used to satisfy the university’s academic residence requirement for this major/degree cannot be applied toward the university’s minimum academic residence requirement for the second major/degree. Regardless of when the second major/degree is completed, at least one-half of the courses comprising both major(s)/degree(s) or 11 semester hours in the major, whichever is less, must be taken at Georgia State.

Whether in one degree or two, a student may not graduate with more than two majors. For example, a student may not earn a B.S. with a double major in Economics and Psychology and also a B.A. in English. That would be three majors.

When a student graduates, the student’s catalog edition is frozen. A second major/degree must be earned using the same catalog requirements as the first major/degree.

The five year rule will be applied to double majors when this policy goes into effect. Since the effective date is Fall 2007, it would (theoretically) be possible for a student who graduated in Fall 2002, to earn a second major in Fall 2007.

Students who wish to graduate with a double major or earn dual degrees should consult with the Student Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their current college and, if the second major/degree is offered by another college of this university, with the Office of Academic Assistance of the relevant college for information on procedures to follow.

Policy Repealed if Motion Passes

1340.40 Dual Degrees

Dual degrees are earned when a student satisfies all requirements for two baccalaureate degrees within one or more colleges of Georgia State University. The minimum residence requirement of 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above must be met for the first degree. If the second degree is completed concurrently with the first degree, or within five calendar years of the first degree, this requirement shall be deemed to have been satisfied for both degrees. A student may earn the Bachelor of Business Administration degree only one time.

After five years from the date of the award of the first degree, credit that has been used to satisfy the university’s academic residence requirement for this degree cannot be applied toward the university’s minimum academic residence requirement for the second degree. Regardless of when the second degree is completed, both degrees require that at least one-half of the courses comprising the major or 11 semester hours in the major, whichever is less, must be taken at Georgia State.

Students who wish to earn dual degrees should consult with the Student Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their current college and, if the second degree is offered by another college of this university, with the Office of Academic Assistance of the relevant college for information on procedures to follow.

1340.50 Double Major

A double major consists of two separate majors in the same baccalaureate degree, regardless of the college or colleges in which that degree is awarded. A double major is earned when the student completes all requirements for each of the majors and all requirements for the degree. The requirements for both majors must be completed before the degree is awarded.

Students who wish to pursue a double major, one of which is in the College of Arts and Sciences, are not required to complete a minor, but must still complete the College of Arts and Sciences program requirements.

Students who wish to earn double majors should consult with the Student Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their current college and, if the second major is offered by another college in the university, with the Office of Academic Assistance of the relevant college for information on procedures to follow.

Rationale:

Currently, the “five year rule” applies only to dual degree students. For example, one could earn a BS in year 1 and then a BBA in year 3 and only meet the academic residency requirement once. However, if one is a double major, one must be awarded both degrees in the same semester. That is the effect of the rule that “the requirements for both majors must be completed before the degree is awarded.” Often students are more concerned about a major than a degree-type. So it is seems odd for a student whose two majors happen to be in different degrees to have five years to complete the two majors while a students whose two majors happen to be in the same degree does not have that option. It seems that there are two options: either apply the five year rule to both double majors and dual degrees or require both double majors and dual degrees to complete all the requirements for both majors/degrees before either degree is awarded.

We want to encourage interdisciplinary work. In addition, the work environment has changed so that students may wish to return to earn additional qualifications. So it seems better to give students more options and apply the five year rule to both double majors and dual degrees. The five year rule is necessary to insure that the material that the student learned while earning the first major/degree is still current when the second major/degree is earned.

Note: The policy is effective Fall 2007. This means that a student who graduated within the last five years could earn a second degree under the new policy.


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