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M-3: CONCURRENT AND SEQUENTIAL MAJORS PROGRAMS

At the baccalaureate or associate degree level, students may be approved for admission to more than one major under the Sequential or Concurrent Majors Program. A Concurrent Majors Program is one in which a student takes courses to concurrently meet the requirements of at least two majors, with graduation for all majors in the program occurring during the same semester. Concurrent undergraduate majors must all be at the baccalaureate degree level or all at the associate degree level. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors may be combined, if in different disciplines (or with college approval).

Any student requesting more than one major program shall, for each major, meet the same acceptance standards and graduation criteria required of all other students. Colleges and departments may identify and should publish in the Undergraduate Bulletin any combinations of majors that would not be approved for the Sequential or Concurrent Majors Program. An undergraduate student may not combine a general major with a departmental major within the same college. Requests for adding concurrent major(s) require permissions from all departments and colleges involved. If any department or college involved submits a denial to the request, the decision is final.

Approval and Advising for Concurrent Major Program

Students interested in adding a concurrent major should follow these steps:

  1. Student speaks to assigned academic adviser in current major about interest in concurrent major.
  2. Student works with academic adviser in current major to create an initial academic plan for current and additional major.  This can be done using a "what-if" report in LionPATH or another approval document as designated by the college. This plan should include the following elements:
    1. Students must fulfill all of the General Education requirements for at least one major listed on their record as well as all General Education courses listed as Major or Option requirements for their other degree(s). 
    2. Advisers should verify that the student meets entrance requirements for the majors.
    3. Students enrolled in one or more Bachelor of Arts degrees must fulfill all of the Bachelor of Arts requirements for at least one major listed on their record. 
    4. If one of the desired majors is under administrative enrollment controls, the college of that major may require that the student enter that major first. Generally, it is not possible for the student to incorporate more than one major that is under administrative enrollment controls in a concurrent majors program.
  3. Current major adviser records meeting in Starfish and indicates their recommendations of approval of the proposed plan on behalf of the current major, notifying the college dean or designee.
  4. The dean(s) or designee(s) of the current major(s) indicate(s) in Starfish approval of the student's intent to request the concurrent major.
  5. A student requests concurrent major(s) by requesting Add Program/Major through Update Academics. LionPATH will indicate that the student's request requires Dean's Review.
  6. The college of the concurrent major will direct the student to an appropriate adviser (e.g., colleges may choose to direct the student to the program head for the intended major) to facilitate the necessary advising conversation, including review of the student's proposed academic plan (e.g., the what-if report created in Step 2). 
  7. The concurrent major adviser enters their notes in Starfish, including the adviser's recommendation concerning approval, and then notifies the dean(s) of the College(s) (or designees) of the current major and the proposed concurrent major(s) that a decision to approve or not approve the plan is requested.
  8. The colleges of the first major and the added major(s) approves or denies the concurrent major request(s) in LionPATH.
  9. If the plan is approved, a primary adviser must be designated. In most instances the student's primary adviser will be the adviser from the college of the initial major.
    1. The student must be granted approval for a concurrent major prior to the end of the intent to graduate activation period of the student's final semester. Exceptions to this deadline can be granted only by the Dean(s) or designee(s) of the concurrent major(s).

Procedure: Cancellation

Approval of a Sequential Major

Senate Policy:  60-00, Completing More Than One Undergraduate Major Program (Concurrent Majors and Sequential Majors)

Senate Policy: 58-00 Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate

Approved: ACUI (5-27-76)
Revised: ACUE (9-26-96)
Revised:  ACUE (5-1-03)
Revised:  Editorial (6-2-03)
Revised:  ACUE (12-1-11)
Revised:  ACUE (4-5-12)
Revised: ACUE (11-5-15); Effective Fall 2016
Revised: ACUE (6-6-2019)
Revised: ACUE (7-1-21)

 

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