A program that combines two major fields of study in the same degree program is referred to as a double major program. An example of a double major program would be the combination of the English and history majors in the B.A. program in arts and sciences. Completion of a double major requires that students complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
A program combining two majors in distinct degree programs is referred to as a dual degree program. An example of a dual degree program would be the combination of a philosophy major in the B.A. program with a chemistry major in the B.S. program in arts and sciences. Any combination involving degree programs in more than one college is considered to be a dual degree program even if both degrees bear the same title. For example, the combination of an English major in the B.A. program in arts and sciences with an art history major in the B.A. program in the arts is considered a dual degree program. Completion of a dual degree program requires that students complete a minimum of 140 total credit hours.
The College of Arts and Sciences generally will approve double majors and dual degrees within the college as long as there are at least 21 credit hours of coursework exclusively applied to each major or field of concentration. Certain major and degree combinations are specifically prohibited based upon departmental recommendations.
The option to pursue double majors and dual degrees continues subsequent to earning a B.A. or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. For example, students who have earned a B.A. degree with an English major at Kent State University can have the completion of a second major such as sociology added to their transcript at a later time.
Requests for dual degrees between arts and sciences programs and programs in other colleges are considered on a case-by-case basis by the college office in consultation with the departmental units involved. Combinations involving programs in arts and sciences with related programs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services generally are restricted.