Are You Interested in Pursuing a Double Major?
Double majors/ degrees require advance and consistent planning. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure requirements for both majors are being met. We recommend students pursing the double major/degree option to check in with the advising office at least every quarter. Typically, double major questions cannot be answered during our Walk-In Advising hours.
Pursuing double majors or double degrees requires strategic planning. Typically, students have limited flexibility due to the requirements for both majors. We encourage students to consider the value of this decision and whether pursuing both would enrich their educational experience.
Double majors require a minimum of 180 credits, which is the minimum number of credits required for a degree at the UW. It may, however, take you more than 180 credits to complete all of the requirements for the two majors, depending on the requirements themselves and how efficient you are in taking them.
Double Major: Two Majors within IAS
Students who wish to pursue a double major with two IAS majors must complete unique credits for each major. If a course can count in both majors, then students may choose which major it should count under. BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry, BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone may count for both IAS majors.
Students completing a double major are still required to complete a total of 25 credits in each Area of Knowledge, 10 credits of Writing Coursework, and 5 credits of Interdisciplinary Practice and Reflection and the 3 credit Diversity requirement.
If you are interested in a double major, we encourage you to make an appointment to meet with an adviser as soon as possible for academic planning. Students must meet with an IAS Advisor to declare their second IAS major and must meet the prerequisites prior to declaration.
Double Major: IAS Major and Major with Another UW Bothell School
It is possible for a student to pursue an IAS major and add a second major from another school at UW Bothell. Academic Advising for each major must be provided by the appropriate school advisor. Students must meet the admission requirements for the second major school.
Double degrees require a minimum of 225 credits (i.e., 180 for the first degree plus 45 for the second degree). Technically, the rule is that you must complete 45 credits more than the number required for the degree that requires the fewer credits. Normally this means that two degrees require 225 credits, because at least one of the degrees almost always requires 180 credits.
Double Major vs. Double Degree
Students can earn a double major when both majors lead to the same degree name (e.g., B.A) even if the two majors are in different schools or programs. For example, if you complete the requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in American Ethnic Studies (School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) and the B.A. degree with a major in Science, Technology & Society (School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) you will earn a single B.A. degree with a double major. You cannot earn a double degree when the two majors lead to the same degree name.
Students can earn a double degree when the two majors lead to differently-named degrees (e.g., B.A. vs. B.S.). For example, if you complete the requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in Global Studies and the B.S. degree with a major in Environmental Science, you will earn a double degree. Another example: if you complete the requirements for the B.A. in Business Administration degree and the B.A. degree with a major in Community Psychology, you will earn a double degree. Although these are both Bachelors of Arts, the Business Administration major is a named degree and, therefore, does not have the same degree name as the Community Psychology degree.
Students who wish to pursue a double degree or pursue a double major with another school/program are encouraged to speak with their IAS academic advisor and an academic advisor in the degree program they wish to declare. Students must meet the admission requirements for the second major/degree program.