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Double Majors and Second Degrees

The College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University awards a B.A. or B.S. only once, regardless of the number of majors completed within that degree designation. If a student completes two or more majors for the B.A. (e.g., Women's and Gender Studies and African American Studies), it is considered a double major, and he or she will receive one diploma. A second bachelor's degree requires completion of a B.A. and B.S. (e.g., Spanish and Biological Sciences) or a B.A. or B.S., and a different degree from one of our other colleges (e.g., B.B.A. from the College of Business). In this case two diplomas are awarded.

University policy requires the completion of a minimum of 135 semester hours for the second or dual degree (an additional 15 hours beyond the 120 required for the first degree), including all specific requirements for both degree programs. If a student has met the requirements for two degrees, as stated above, and wants to have the degrees conferred in successive semesters, he or she may do so without further credit requirements. For example, one degree may be conferred at the end of one semester and an application made for the second degree in the subsequent semester. For more information about earning a second degree, see the Graduation Requirements – University-wide section of the catalog.