Combined Majors

Combined majors at Northeastern are unique, blended programs designed to allow you to explore multiple fields, all within one, integrated academic plan. Northeastern offers 120+ defined combined majors with curriculum specific to each individual program. Additionally, if a desired major combination doesn’t exist, you may propose your own.

When applying to Northeastern through the Common or Coalition Application, you may apply directly into any of the combined majors. Though the academic experience in a combined major may occur across two colleges, upon graduation, one degree will be conferred by one academic college. The college that will award the degree will be listed on your Application Status Check, and will not have any impact on your application for admission, as applicants to all majors and colleges are considered holistically.

Our 120+ combined majors are listed below in alphabetical order, along with the names of the two associated colleges. For example: Computer Science and Biology (CCIS, COS) is a degree program consisting of courses housed in the College of Computer and Information Science and the College of Science. If a program lists only one college, that combined major will include courses from two distinct degree programs within the same college. A list of college names and acronyms are provided below. To see all majors offered at Northeastern, check out our Areas of Study page.

 

College of Arts, Media and Design CAMD
College of Computer and Information Science CCIS
Bouvé College of Health Sciences BCHS
College of Social Sciences and Humanities CSSH
D’Amore-McKim School of Business DMSB
College of Engineering COE
College of Science COS


Combined Majors FAQ

What is the difference between a Double Major and a Combined Major?

A: A double major entails completing all requirements for both majors. Depending on the majors, there may be an overlap in requirements. Conversely, Combined Majors require at least nine courses associated with each of the two participating disciplines, rather than completing all requirements for each major. There must be at least one course that acts as a bridge between the disciplines.

If I choose a Combined Major, in what program will I have a degree?

A: Students completing a combined major will receive one degree and one diploma. The Combined Major will appear on the transcript and the diploma. For example, a diploma may read: "Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering and Physics".

Can I change into a Combined Major after enrolling?

A: Yes, you may request a major change to a Combined Major by following the standard procedure for changing majors. The Combined Major should be declared by the end of the first semester of junior year. It is generally advantageous to declare the Combined Major as early as possible, especially when highly structured disciplinary components are involved.

Is the tuition for a Combined Major the same?

A: Yes, students completing a combined major will only be charged the regular undergraduate tuition.

When in a Combined Major, can I do a Co-op in either discipline?

A: Students in Combined Majors will work closely with advisors and engage in programming from each discipline. You are welcome to explore your academic and experiential offerings in either discipline.