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Double majors and Joint honours
While preparing to go to the university, many students struggle to choose what to study. Sometimes there are students who are so passionate about two fields that they cannot pick one. Or, the major the student wants to pursue will not be economically beneficial in the long run. Whatever the reason, some universities do allow you to take up two majors at the same time.
Most American and some Australian universities offer the possibility of getting a diploma for two majors at the same time. The choice of both majors does not necessarily have to be related: you can major in Chinese and Chemistry, if you want. But be aware: you will have to pay for both courses and also take double the amount of classes if the majors have no connection between them.
Not clear enough? Let us explain better.
Let us say you really love Chinese language and Chemistry, and you want a major in both fields. This means that you can study both at the same time, but since they don’t have any subject in common, you will have to take every mandatory class for both. This means you will study two times the amount you would normally do if you are only pursuing one major.
Now, in the case you love Business Administration and Economics. Both majors probably have subjects in common. So, while getting the credits for one major, you will be getting credits for the other, at the same time, saving you some time.
Being free to choose among any subject and getting two majors at the same time can be a very attractive option, but students should be aware that they will probably be sacrificing their time to do extra-curricular activities and enjoying university life.
Another option, though less flexible, is available in the U.K., Australia, Ireland, Canada and Malta. It is called joint honours and allows students to study subjects related to two or more fields in one.While a double major in America will provide you a diploma with both major written on it, e.g. B.A., History of Art, X University & B.A., Philosophy, X University, a joint honours diploma will have only one degree, e.g. Chemical Engineering and Chemistry BSc(Hons).
Let’s face it: there’s no easy way in pursuing two majors or studying two subjects at once. The ones who can do it must be determined to do so. The ambitious trait will appeal to future employees.,