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Double Major - E-School and Commerce

waterboxwaterbox Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
edited April 2010 in University of Virginia
I've seen a couple of posts about double majoring, mostly between the college and the commerce school. I was wondering whether it'd be possible to do a double major between the E-school and the commerce school. I know both schools have a good number of required courses, so it's already a difficult endeavor.

Another related question: Because the commerce school has a foreign language pre-req because students typically come from the college, will I have that same requirement as an E-school student?

If anyone's doing this right now or is planning to, I'd appreciate someone to talk to about it. Thanks.
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Replies to: Double Major - E-School and Commerce

  • davh01davh01 Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    My S looked into it and its was hard to meet all the pre-req without overloading and/or going to summer school. Also depends how many AP credits you already have. He did say he still needed language.

    He ended up doing Sys Eng and Econ. He has AP credits and still needed to carry one extra class for 3 semesters. He would have done Eng and Comm if language was not required.
  • shoebox10shoebox10 Registered User Posts: 3,559 Senior Member
    FYI, there's an engineering business minor now, very popular for people interested in business.
  • waterboxwaterbox Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    Thanks for the answers davh and shoebox.

    Davh, since your son did try to go for it, does he know anyone else who also tried for that path and decided to follow through with it? From what you've said, it sounds like a lot of work, but I think I'll be willing to put up with it.

    Shoebox, I've heard about the engineering business minor, but if it's possible, I think I'll be taking more than enough courses for the minor, so I'd like to go for the double major if possible.

    Does anyone else have any more related information or experiences?
  • vistanyvistany Registered User Posts: 870 Member
    Is there a business minor for any other majors or just for engineering?
  • ProteanProtean Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    I know of one person that is actively pursuing a degree in the comm school and in the e-school, but I'm not sure about the foreign language requirements and all. You'll definitely need a good number of AP credits to get through it all (summer school would work too) and you'll really have to be on top of your game to gain admission to the comm school via an e-school curriculum.
  • RodmanRodman Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    I'm a current Systems Engineering major and I tried to double-major into the Comm school. It would have been possible to do, and it would have required 22 credits per semester at most (during third year, when both majors have significant core curricula). I took the Comm prerequisites, but ultimately decided to not apply because I thought I would be spending so much time on classes that I'd miss the rest of the college experience -- to employers, taking leadership positions and doing outside work would probably be just as impressive as doubling comm/engr. I'm applying for the leadership minor instead, which Dean J referenced. It's completely different from the normal Comm experience, and doesn't really cover Commerce, but it seems like a better choice for engineering students. Plus, although most upper-level Comm classes are listed as restricted to Comm students, Engineering majors can generally get in. I'm taking Project Management next semester, for example. The Engineering Business minor is a very popular option as well; that does let you get a sort of mini-Comm School experience.

    An important thing to remember is that the Comm School and SEAS both have a ton of group work involved (ENGR varies by major, but systems has a LOT), so in many cases being a fast worker won't get you through the high workload as easily as you might expect.

    Also, just in case there was any uncertainty about this -- applying to Comm does require foreign language to the 202 level, even from ENGR (the "Java is my foreign language!" line didn't sway the admissions folks :p)
  • m4dskillz07m4dskillz07 Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    Does being in the e-school while doing an engr business minor leave room for any electives?
  • m4dskillz07m4dskillz07 Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    Also if I want to do an engr business minor do I need to email admissions and tell them or what should I do?
  • ProteanProtean Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    engineering business minor can be declared at any time so don't worry about it for now. You'll still have some room for other electives that you want to take, the minor doesn't require too many credits.
  • RodmanRodman Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
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