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Double Majors versus Dual Degrees

LovelyLashesLovelyLashes Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
I have no idea what category this should be posted in, so please let me know if this is not the place.

I am a junior in college working on two majors, and I am a little confused about what I will graduate with. I am studying Nursing and Psychology, and they are both B.S degrees but in different colleges (College of Nursing and College of Science). I am wondering if anyone know if I will graduate with one degree but two majors, or if I will end up with a dual degree because the majors are from different colleges. I have not been able to find this information out on my university's website (University of Arizona) and my advisor doesn't seem to know. Any help would be appreciated

Replies to: Double Majors versus Dual Degrees

  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Forum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Posts: 3,855 Forum Champion
    double major

    http://math.arizona.edu/files/undergrad/mcenter/advising/Double_Degree_vs_Major.pdf

    you'll notice this lists philosophy and math (both BAs) as a double major, but they are in different colleges.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    From the link in the previous post:
    When selecting a second major, if the degree title is identical to the degree title for the first major, then the student is pursuing a double major (single degree). If the two degree titles are not identical, then the student is pursuing a double degree.
    If you get a bachelor's degree in nursing at Arizona, it is titled a "Bachelor's of Science in Nursing". UA clearly refers to it as a "BSN" degree, as you can see just from the web address alone: http://www.nursing.arizona.edu/bsn

    But if you get a bachelor's degree in psychology at Arizona, it will be either a "Bachelor of Arts" (BA) or a "Bachelor of Science" (BS) degree.

    Are the "BSN" and "BS" degree titles identical? They don't appear to be, which under UA's guidelines would make it a double degree, not a double major. Clearly if you got a BA in psychology, the title would not be identical to the BSN, so it would be considered a double degree. My guess is that the BS in psychology would be considered a different title, and therefore a double degree, as well.

    The reason that no one can give you a definitive answer is most likely because the difference doesn't matter.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 20,624 Senior Member
    ^^ It might matter if the two different colleges have different base requirements. For example, some majors require a foreign language, a public speaking course, a physical education course. Some don't. Don't be surprised come graduation - check out all requirements now.
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Forum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Posts: 3,855 Forum Champion
    Ah my mistake. I was going off the fact that the OP said both were BS degrees. I would think a BSN would not be the same as a BS, in which case it would be double degree. You need to talk with someone in advising or the registrar's office who does know definitively which one it is, since you need to make sure you are fulfilling your requirements correctly.
  • esssseesssse Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    You should ask your advisor about this. Usually, dual degrees have more requirements than double majors, i.e. you have to take all of the "major-specific classes" for your second major in a double major, but have to take every class on the second major's syllabus for a dual degree.
  • LovelyLashesLovelyLashes Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    Corbett, you may have a point. Guineagirl96, I was under the belief that nursing was a B.S, as in a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. We call it the BSN program and it's a BSN degree, but I figured it was just semantics and it's still a B.S. Corbett may be right in that since it is called a BSN the degree title may in fact be different from my BS in Psychology. I asked my psychology advisor about this previously, and she did not have an answer. Perhaps it would be better to ask my nursing advisor. Thank you for all of your responses.
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