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Double Majors and Adjunct Minors

SoC students have the option of pursuing double majors or adjunct majors outside of SoC. For SoC students who want to declare a double major, adjunct major, or minor, the primary major is the major in the School of Communication, and at graduation, you will earn one degree in communication.  You must complete all degree requirements for your primary major (including the distribution, major, and elective course requirements), but need to complete only the major requirements, and not a second set of distribution and elective requirements, for the department that grants the major.   

The School of Communication does not allow double majors where both majors are within the SoC. It also does not allow students in other schools to complete an SoC major as a second major; the primary major will always be in SoC.  SESP, Medill and Engineering are similar to SoC in that you cannot be an SoC student and do a second major in any of those schools.  Music occasionally allows second majors, depending upon a successful audition for performance majors and availability of space in the desired program. 

SoC does not restrict the double counting of courses for requirements in multiple programs. However, many majors, minors and certificates in other schools typically restrict the double counting of courses between those programs and another major, minor or certificate. Typically, courses required for “related course requirements” are permitted to double count, but consult the relevant school’s program requirements for details. Courses taken for the double major may apply to the distribution or elective requirements for your School of Communication major. 

Note that double majors and adjunct majors are different from dual degree programs.  SoC students who double major will earn only one degree (in communication), but will have a second major that appears on their transcript.  In contrast, students in a dual degree program earn two degrees, one in each School, and must complete all of the degree requirements—including the distribution, major, and elective course requirements—for both degrees. Dual degree students should plan on taking five years to complete both sets of degree requirements. SoC currently offers dual degree programs with the McCormick School of Engineering] and the Bienen School of Music. 

To sign up for a double major or adjunct major, check the relevant department or program website for instructions on how to declare.