How to Declare a Major, Minor, Double Major or Dual Degree
4. What's the "Rule of 3?" (Or, how many majors and minors can I declare?)
5. Is there an advantage to double-majoring, or having a major and a minor?
6. How do I declare a major?
7. How do I change or drop a major?
8. How do I declare a minor?
9. How do I drop a minor?
10. What's the difference between a "double-major" and a "dual-degree"?
11. Can I double-major across schools?
12. How do I declare a double-major?
13. What's the difference between a Prime and Second Major?
14. How do I switch my Prime and Second Major?
15. How do I declare a dual-degree?
Major and Minor Advising
Future with a Major
Mid-February for current sophomores.
Students may change their major at any time until they declare their Intent to Graduate in the senior year.
You can declare at any point before the deadline.
The advantage to declaring early is that you receive a major advisor who can counsel you on course selection and other opportunities in the major. Also, there may be some courses that give priority to major students. DO NOT ASSUME you'll have priority in a given course if you're in the major. Contact the department to see if you would.
The downsides to declaring early are that, if you commit before you're really sure, a) you may overlook other possible majors of interest, and b) if you end up wanting to change your major, you may find it psychologically difficult to separate from the first major you declared.
At most, you can have two majors and one minor, or one major and two minors.
Only when doing so is necessary for you to develop your studies in the direction you choose. Advisors, professors, employers, and application committees overwhelmingly prefer to see students go in-depth in their major rather than complete just the bare minimum of requirements for multiple majors and minors.
Ultimately, what's impressive is not how many (or which) majors and minors you have, but what you do with it or them.
Declare your major through WebSTAC:
- Log on to WebSTAC. Navigate to the "Major Programs" menu item (under "Academic Records") and click the "Change First Major" button to request a declaration.
- Select the major you would like to declare. Review the confirmation box that pops up and click "Yes" to initiate your request to declare. Clicking "No" will return you to the selection page.
- Review the "Current Requests" section of your "Major Programs" page. Make note of the Action Required section, which explains what you should do to finalize your declaration. Typically you are required to set up a meeting with a representative in the department. The department will receive an email notification of your request and should be expecting to hear from you.
- Your request to declare will be approved only after you have completed the action required by the department. Your new major should now appear in the "Current Programs" section of your "Major Programs" page.
For more information see the Major Programs section of the WebSTAC Help Wiki.
In the Major Programs section of WebSTAC, click the "Change First Major," "Swap Program," or "Drop Program" button next to the major you would like to edit. For more information see the Major Programs section of the WebSTAC Help Wiki.
Same process as above in #6, but click the "Add a Minor" button.
Same process as above in #7.
In short, a student with a double-major receives one degree with two majors. A student with dual-degree receives two degrees.
In more depth, a student with a double-major completes the requirements for two majors and the general education requirements and credit requirements for their home school. So, for example, an Arts & Sciences student double-majoring in French and International Business would complete the major requirements for French and International Business, the general education requirements just for Arts & Sciences, and the 120 required credits for an Arts & Sciences degree.
A student with a dual-degree completes the requirements for two majors AND the general education requirements for BOTH schools. So, for example, the student in the situation above would complete the major requirements, the general education requirements for BOTH Arts & Sciences and Business (without overlap), and 150 required credits for the dual degree.
In most cases, yes. However, in some cases, you must transfer to that school. Please check with your four-year advisor.
You can declare multiple majors through the Major Programs section in WebSTAC. The process is outlined above in #7. Once you have declared your prime major, you will have the option to add a second major.
Most of the time, the only difference is that the major you picked first is your prime major.
HOWEVER, if you have a major in a different school, your prime major is your Arts & Sciences major.
ALSO, while you should receive advice from both major advisors, you need authorization to register only from your prime major advisor and four-year advisor (not a second major advisor).
FINALLY, you may find that your prime major has additional requirements, and that, if you want to write a thesis, it needs to be in your prime major.
If you would like to switch your prime and second majors, you may do so using the "Swap" button in the Major Programs section of WebSTAC ONLY IF (1) your majors are in the same school, and (2) your second major can serve as a prime major.
If you want to make a second major in another school your primary major, you must transfer to that school.
Note: WebSTAC does not yet support declaring a dual degree.
First, you must have a major already declared in your home school. Then go to the College Office at Cupples II suite 104. and pick up the "Washington University Combined Studies Declaration of a Second Major" form. Fill it out, and take it to the department for your second major to be signed, and return it to the College Office.
No. You need authorization only from your four-year advisor and your Prime Major advisor.
The chief goal of an Arts & Sciences major is to prepare you for life, not a particular career. It teaches clear communication, critical thinking, ethical judgment, and constructive citizenship in the context of a particular topic you're passionate about.
The major provides ONE key foundation for medical school, law school, graduate school, or an immediate career, but it is NOT THE ONLY foundation.
Students should combine their majors with opportunities like internships, research, community service, study abroad, student leadership experience, and/or the Praxis Program, depending on the path they want to create for themselves.
To consider your next step after graduation, click on the following options to gather information, and then discuss your options, ideas, concerns, and plans with your advisor: