If you’re unfamiliar with collegiate lingo, choosing to double major means you’re on board to complete all the requisite courses to finish an undergraduate degree with two majors, opposed to the customary single major. Completing a double major requires a lot of hard work and commitment. Why would some students choose to take on so much extra work?
Students choose to double major for many reasons, primarily, to help become more marketable after graduation or to explore two separate fields that the student is interested in. A double major (to use an obvious pun) demonstrates major dedication and all but assures you’re organized, energetic, hungry to learn and capable of multi-tasking, which are all desirable traits for employers.
A double major may particularly benefit students whose majors serve as companions to one another. For instance, if you’re passionate about graphic design and hope to launch your own business, why not major in graphic design and business? Understanding both sides of the story can help position you to reach your dreams.
If you’re interested in pursuing two majors, talk to your advisor to get informed about the logistics first so you understand what you’re getting into. Be prepared for a heavier course load and of course, a heavier academic reward.