Double Major: English lit and Chemistry

<p>Thoughts on this?</p>

<p>Why not if both of those fields interest you? It's always more difficult to double major, so a lot depends on how flexible the requirement are for those majors at your particular school. It also depends on your future plans. Fo example, some schools offer both a BA and a BS in Chemistry. Usually, the BS has more requirements. If you intend to be a chemist, you might prefer to opt for the BS which might make a double major harder to complete. However, if you're premed, want to be technical writer or go into science communication, you could very well just do the BA in chemistry. So, it all comes down to the paticular requirements at your school and what you plan to do.</p>

<p>I also was thinking of double-majoring in Chem and English. I think I've decided to choose one or the other simply because a major in science has way more requirements than English would at most schools.</p>

<p>If you can manage it go for it, sounds like an interesting combo. Just make sure to plan ahead, and make sure its possible. I know at my university it isn't likely that you could even do a Chem BA/Eng BA in four years. But if it is possible to do at yours and/or you can afford extra time in school you should go for it. Nothing wrong with minors either!</p>

<p>My former English teacher thought the kinds of people that were interested in a science and an art or humanities subfield were THE BEE'S KNEES. If she was correct in that these types of people tend to be inordinately intelligent, and if grad school adcoms think something along these lines as well, double majoring in English and Chem might be a big plus in that respect.</p>

<p>Anyway, who knows. If you're genuinely interested in both, then you should do both and not sacrifice your potential academic enjoyment.</p>

<p>This isn't impossible by any means, provided it's your plan from the time you are a freshman. Where I teach, it is a fairly popular option for premeds with humanities interests. At most schools you don't need formally to declare your major until the end of your sophomore year, but this is way too late to begin a double major, esp. if one of the subjects is a science. Tell your advisor what you have in mind as soon as you arrive on campus, and maybe schedule meeting with the Directors of Undergraduate Studies for both departments. They will be able to help you plan the best way to use your four years.</p>