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How to Juggle a Dual Major

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Posted on February 19, 2015 by Delaware Valley College.

Having two majors in college can be rewarding in the long run, but loading up on extra classes and extra work each semester is challenging. It takes a lot of dedication and focus to carry two majors simultaneously, and you’ll have to sacrifice social and personal time for studying and school work. However, dual majors can increase your qualifications and help you get a job after college. 

If you believe having dual majors in college is the best route for you, you’ll need to be fully prepared. Here are some tips on how to manage your dual major successfully. 

Utilize Your Advisors
Your academic advisor can help you make sure you’re on track with your school work and taking all the right classes to complete your degrees. Depending on what areas your majors are in, you’ll either have the same advisor for both subjects or one for each subject. 

Rely on your advisors as much as possible and check in with them whenever you can. Explain your situation to them and that you’re focused on achieving your goals. It’s also a good idea to set up bi-weekly or monthly meetings with your advisors to ensure you’re stay on the right path for your earning your degrees. Following two sets of academic requirements can be overwhelming, but your advisors can help you sort out confusing areas.

Design Your Schedule
Over the four years that you’ll attend college, you should map out what courses you need to take each semester to graduate on time and earn your degrees. There are required courses for each major and a required number of credits that you’ll need to complete. This is another area where your advisors can be a big help. They’ll be familiar with each course and know the prerequisites, so they’ll help you lay out your schedule for the next four years.

Look for Overlapping Courses
Some courses may fill a requirement for both of your majors, so make sure you look for those classes and take as many of them as you can. Taking courses that count toward each degree will allow you to use your time more effectively, and you won’t feel as overloaded.

Start Early
If you’re considering dual majors, it’s important to make this decision during your first semester or even before you begin college. Each semester is critical for completing your degree, so it’s important to give yourself enough time to complete all of the required courses. 

Having a dual major in college is a huge undertaking, but it’ll pay off when you’re looking for a job because you’ll probably be more qualified for more positions. You’ll need to stay focused and organized over the years you’re in college to make sure you complete requirements and taking the appropriate courses. If you’re unsure about whether you should dual major in college, you may want to call your college’s academic office where. You may even be able to meet with an advisor to go over the path of a double major.