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Double Major Vs Dual Degree: Navigating Your Options

When you’re ready to launch your college career, two of the options that may come up are a double major or a dual degree. The two terms sound very similar, but there are some essential differences between them. Before you can decide if you’re interested in pursuing either option, it’s important to know how they both work.

At Barton College, we believe in helping each student find the best path for them. Choosing between a double major or a dual degree is an excellent example of ways they can move forward. Here’s what you need to know about these two promising options so you can pick the best one for you.

What is a double major?

A double major is a degree plan that allows a student to earn a single degree in two different academic fields. Although they are in various subjects, these two areas of study complement each other. For instance, students often pursue a double major in business and engineering, accounting and finance, or economics and statistics.

Although the degree includes study in two distinct areas, students can often fit the classes they need into the same amount of time required for a traditional degree. A well-designed double major plan can be finished as quickly as a single major, but it provides a well-rounded understanding of both subjects.

In some cases, however, it may require extra classes. This can extend the amount of time you spend pursuing your degree or require you to carry a heavier credit load during some semesters.

What is a dual degree? 

A dual degree, on the other hand, allows a student to work towards two different degrees at the same time. These degrees can be in the same area of study or two distinct subjects.

For example, Barton College offers a 4+1 program, where students can earn their B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Kinesiology at the same time.

For students interested in business, we also have our 3 + 2 MBA program. Three years of undergraduate study are dedicated to your Bachelor of Science degree, and two years of graduate study are dedicated to your Master of Business Administration.

Although earning two degrees at the same time takes longer than finishing a single degree, dual degrees generally require fewer credits than it would take to earn each degree separately. There are usually some classes that apply to both degrees. If you’re able to devote extra semesters to a dual degree, the net result is an effective use of your time.

Which option is right for me?

Choosing between these two plans depends on several factors. If you have the time to spend working toward a dual degree, this may be a good path for you. You will finish with more qualifications and career opportunities. That said, only some people want to spend extra semesters in school or have the time to do so. Some people also prefer to spend some time working in their chosen field before they continue their education.

A double major is the best choice for students who need to graduate sooner. More universities offer this type of degree plan than dual degrees, so you have a greater selection when selecting a school. However, your degree will provide you with fewer qualifications than a dual degree.

If you need help deciding which path to take, you should speak with an academic advisor. They can help you sort through the pros and cons of each option and pick the one that’s right for you.

Further your career with us!

As you decide which direction to go, we invite you to consider everything Barton College has to offer. We are here to help you succeed in your chosen field, and we will do everything we can to support you along the way. For more information about Barton College and what we can do to help you pursue a career you will love,contact us today!

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