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Double Majors
Second Bachelor’s Degrees
Combined Majors
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Double Major

Students may earn a double major by gaining admission to the second major and by completing all requirements for both majors. Because some double majors will have a significant overlap in courses, all double-major proposals must be approved by the home college of each major in the proposed double major. Students completing a double major receive one degree and one diploma. The two majors appear on the transcript. If the two majors are in different colleges, the degree is associated with the major in the home college.


Second Northeastern University Bachelor’s Degree

To earn a second bachelor’s degree after earning a first bachelor’s degree from Northeastern, a student must be granted admission to the second program, enroll at Northeastern, and complete all requirements for the second major that are not already on the student’s transcript. Outdated course work may not be accepted. Students must earn a minimum of 32 semester hours beyond those earned on the first degree. A second diploma will be awarded and the second degree will be noted on the transcript. International students must consult with an advisor at the ISSI to request updated documentation reflecting engagement in the second bachelor’s degree program.


Combined and Independent Majors—Overview

Students with academic interests not available in the context of existing majors, minors, and double majors may propose a combined or independent major. In these majors, students pursue in-depth study in areas that are supported and approved by the appropriate Northeastern faculty members.


Combined Majors

Combined majors include at least nine courses associated with each of two participating disciplines. There must be at least one course that acts as a bridge between the disciplines. No more than two courses may count for both disciplines, i.e., there must be at least sixteen courses in the combined major. The combined major should be declared by the end of the first semester of the junior year. It is generally advantageous to declare the combined major as early as possible, especially when highly structured disciplinary components are involved. There are three categories of combined majors:

  1. A number of defined combined majors currently exist where the curriculum is specific to each individual program; see the list of current combined major program options.
  2. A number of disciplines have preapproved template programs that may be paired in a variety of combinations to yield combined majors; see the list of current preapproved template programs.
  3. Disciplines will consider combined programs upon student request.

Currently Defined Combined Major

Students may request admission to a currently defined combined major by following the standard procedure for changing majors. A home college is designated, in which the student will be registered and from which he or she will be graduated. Students completing a combined major receive one degree and one diploma. The combined major and home college will appear on the transcript and diploma.

Student-Requested Combined Major

Students may request admission to a new combined major via the Combined Major Approval form that requires approval by both disciplines/colleges together with an approved curriculum. The request may be for a combined major comprised of preapproved template programs or for a new combined major to be considered by the participating disciplines. During the planning process, advisors from both disciplines will be designated, and one will be identified as the primary advisor. If the two disciplines partnering in the combined major are in different colleges, a home college will be designated in which the student will be registered and from which he or she will be graduated. A meeting of the student and both advisors representing the two disciplines must be held to plan the combined-major curriculum and to consider NUpath requirements. See the list of discipline advisors and college contacts for new student-requested combined majors.

Students completing a combined major receive one degree and one diploma. The combined major and home college will appear on the transcript and diploma. When the two components of the combined major individually offer different degree designations, the degree designation that will appear on the transcript and diploma will be designated during the approval process.


Currently Defined Combined Majors

  • American Sign Language and Human Services, BS
  • American Sign Language and Psychology, BS
  • American Sign Language and Theatre, BS
  • Biology and English, BS
  • Biology and Mathematics, BS
  • Biology and Political Science, BS
  • Business Administration and Interactive Media, BS
  • Chemical Engineering and Physics, BSCHE
  • Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies, BA
  • Communication Studies and Sociology, BA
  • Communication Studies and Theatre, BA
  • Computer Engineering and Computer Science, BSCompE
  • Computer Engineering and Physics, BSCompE
  • Computer Science and Biology, BS
  • Computer Science and Business Administration, BS
  • Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, BS
  • Computer Science and Communication Studies, BS
  • Computer Science and Criminal Justice, BS
  • Computer Science and Design, BS
  • Computer Science and Digital Art, BS
  • Computer Science and English, BS
  • Computer Science and Environmental Science, BS
  • Computer Science and Game Development, BS
  • Computer Science and History, BS
  • Computer Science and Interactive Media, BS
  • Computer Science and Journalism, BS
  • Computer Science and Linguistics, BS
  • Computer Science and Mathematics, BS
  • Computer Science and Mathematics, BS/MS
  • Computer Science and Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology, BS
  • Computer Science and Philosophy, BS
  • Computer Science and Physics, BS
  • Computer Science and Sociology, BS
  • Criminal Justice and Political Science, BS
  • Criminal Justice and Psychology, BS
  • Digital Art and Game Design, BFA
  • Economics and Business Administration, BS
  • Economics and Mathematics, BS
  • Economics and Philosophy, BS
  • Electrical Engineering and Physics, BSEE
  • English and Communication Studies, BA
  • English and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • English and Graphic and Information Design, BA
  • Environmental Geology and Chemistry, BS
  • Environmental Studies and Economics, BS
  • Environmental Studies and History, BA
  • Environmental Studies and International Affairs, BA
  • Environmental Studies and Philosophy, BA
  • Environmental Studies and Political Science, BA
  • Graphic and Information Design and Mathmatics, BS
  • Human Services and Communication Studies, BA
  • Human Services and Criminal Justice, BS
  • Human Services and International Affairs, BA
  • Human Services and Sociology, BA
  • Human Services and Sociology, BS
  • Information Science and Business Administration, BS
  • Information Science and Cognitive Psychology, BS
  • Information Science and Environmental Science, BS
  • Information Science and Journalism, BS
  • International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • International Affairs and Economics, BA
  • International Affairs and Religious Studies, BA
  • Jewish Studies and Religion, BA
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and International Affairs, BA
  • Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology, BS
  • Linguistics and English, BA
  • Linguistics and Psychology, BS
  • Mathematics and Business Administration, BS
  • Mathematics and Physics, BS
  • Mechanical Engineering and Physics, BSME
  • Media and Screen Studies and English, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Journalism, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Political Science, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Sociology, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BS
  • Media Arts and Communication Studies, BA
  • Music and Communication Studies with Concentration in Music Industry, BS
  • Physics and Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology, BS
  • Physics and Philosophy, BS
  • Political Science and Business Administration, BS
  • Political Science and Communication Studies, BA
  • Political Science and Communication Studies, BS
  • Political Science and Economics, BA
  • Political Science and Economics, BS
  • Political Science and International Affairs, BA
  • Political Science and Philosophy, BA
  • Political Science and Philosophy, BS
  • Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, BS
  • Sociology and Political Science, BA

Preapproved Template Programs for Combined Majors

  • Architecture
  • Asian Studies (BA)
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • English (BA)
  • Experience Design
  • Graphic and Information Design (BA and BS)
  • History (BA and BS)
  • Interaction Design
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Media and Screen Studies
  • Media Arts (BA and BS)
  • Music (BA)
  • Music Composition and Technology
  • Music Industry (BS)
  • Music Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre (BA and BS)
  • Urban Landscape
  • Visual Studies (BA)

Independent Majors

In the rare cases when students have academic interests that fall within the expertise of Northeastern faculty members and that are not available in the large number of existing majors, minors, and combined majors, they may propose an independent major. Independent majors form an integrated program focusing on some issue, theme, or subject area not available within the context of existing curricula. These programs should be equivalent in depth and coherence to existing majors and may involve an integrative project. No student with less than a 3.250 grade-point average will be approved for an independent major. The proposal must be approved by the end of the first semester of the junior year. Proposals will not be considered before the end of the freshman year. For initial information and advice, interested students should consult the associate dean overseeing undergraduate studies in their current home college or the college most relevant to the proposed course of study.

The student assumes the initiative in formulating an independent major. High degrees of student initiative and self-reliance are also necessary for completion of this type of major. The student is responsible for securing the advice and approval of faculty mentors, at least one from each of the disciplines. These faculty mentors will help the student design the curriculum. The faculty mentors will guide the student’s academic progress through the major. The student should select one of the faculty mentors as the primary mentor.

If the disciplines partnering in the independent major are in different colleges, the college of the primary mentor will be designated as the home college, in which the student will be registered and from which he or she will be graduated. Students completing an independent major receive one degree and one diploma. The independent major and home college will appear on the transcript and diploma. When the components of the independent major individually offer different degree designations, the degree designation that will appear on the transcript and diploma will be designated during the approval process.

The student, with the assistance of the faculty mentors, must formulate in writing and submit to the home college curriculum committee an Independent Major Approval form bearing the signatures of all faculty mentors and a proposal containing the following items:

  • A statement of the central concept around which the independent major is organized and a rationale for the major, including a discussion of why existing programs are inadequate to the student’s purpose and how the proposed major meets the student’s educational, professional, or personal goals
  • A list of courses, including names, numbers, prerequisites, and frequency of offering (if known), and a breakdown of the introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses included in this list
  • A statement of the manner in which the requirements of the university core are fulfilled (and, if applicable, BA core requirements)
  • A list of courses (including numbers, names, and grades) already taken that will apply to the major or to the university core (and BA core, if applicable) requirements
  • A student transcript
  • A calendar for completion of the degree
A meeting of all faculty mentors and the student must be held before college approval of the major program. In accepting the proposal, the home college dean’s office certifies that the rules established for the independent major have been followed, and it assumes administrative responsibility by assigning an academic advisor to monitor the student’s progress and clear the student for graduation. Any changes in the curriculum must be approved by the primary faculty mentor, and the home college advisor must be informed.

 

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