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Benefits of a Dual Major Program


Posted on February 5, 2015 by Delaware Valley College.

Declaring two majors in college and graduating with two different degrees can open many opportunities for you in the future. Although having two majors requires a lot of hard work, extra classes and potentially sacrificing free time, you’ll reap many benefits in the future.

If you’re considering a dual major program in college, keep reading to learn some of the benefits that can go along with it.

Graduate School
If you plan to attend graduate school after completing your undergraduate schooling, having a double major can give you a leg up when applying to graduate schools. You’ll have experience in two different areas of studies, so you can apply to graduate schools specializing in each area. This will increase your chances of being accepted and the opportunities available to you once you are accepted. You can also pick which school and area of focus gives you the best offer.

Having a dual major will allow you to pursue more job opportunities in different areas. Because you’ll be qualified in two areas of study, you can apply for jobs in both fields and increase your chances of getting a job in one of them. And if one area is experiencing a dearth of job opportunities, there’s a chance your options will be better in the other area. 

You may also have a better chance of landing a job with a dual major because employers know how much dedication is needed to complete two degrees simultaneously. They may see you as a hard worker, which could prove beneficial for the company. They also will like that you have a great foundation of knowledge and are well rounded.

Personal Growth 
Some students choose dual majors simply because they’re interested in two different areas of study. If you’re up for the challenge and want to learn as much as possible while you’re in college, a dual major may be the way to go.

Other students declare majors in similar areas of study to fully understand the corresponding subject matter. For example, someone may want to know all there is about animal science, so they may major in both animal science and small animal science. 

Make the Most of Your Education 
If you can go to school for four years and graduate with two degrees in that amount of time, you’ll really make the most of your education. When you think about it, it could potentially take you eight years to earn both of degrees, but by working toward them simultaneously, you may be able to complete both programs in just four years. This will allow you to get a lot out of your college experience and get more bang for your buck.

The benefits of a dual major program will help you both personally and professionally. However, completing a dual major program isn’t an easy feat. It requires a great deal of hard work, but if you’re ready for the challenge, you will definitely reap the rewards.