double majoring

Everything You Need to Know About Double Majoring

By Imani Callan

Everything You Need to Know About Double Majoring

By Imani Callan
Double majoring is a great way to customize your curriculum across disciplines so you can achieve your academic goals.

College is an exciting time to dive into the topics that interest you most. And, with the Cognates Program of General Education at the University of Miami, you’re also able to explore classes outside of your major. But what if you realize you love marketing as much as you love graphic design? Or that you enjoy biology as much as you enjoy Spanish? Don’t worry, the U makes it easy for students who have multiple interests to double major.

Here are the basics you need to know about double majoring:

1. Double majoring is not uncommon.

Because UM encourages students to explore their educational interests, many of our students end up double majoring. Some even go on to triple major.

2. Declaring a double major is simple.

It’s as easy as getting your academic advisor’s signature on a form.

3. You can double major across different schools and colleges.

You are not limited to the majors within your school or college. You can combine majors in any of our nine undergraduate schools and colleges.

4. Your majors do not have to be related.

You can select majors that go hand-in-hand, or you can double major in two things that have nothing to do with each other. It is up to you.

5. You can turn a cognate into another major.

If you find a cognate that you enjoy, you’ve already got a head start on double majoring! Since you will be taking three classes to satisfy the cognate, it’s easy to turn that cognate into another major by adding the remaining requirements.

6. You don’t have to figure out your schedule on your own.

That is what your academic advisor is there for. If you are interested in double majoring and want more information, all you have to do is set up a meeting with them. They will walk you through the curriculums and plans of study for each major. While some major combinations may be more feasible than others, you and your academic advisor will work together to determine the best path for you.

Ultimately, you are in control of your education. We want you to study what you care about. So, if you find yourself interested in more than one subject, remember: you can always double major!