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FAQs on Secondary Majors



Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to Secondary Majors

General Questions

1. Must a department offer a secondary major?

No. Although departments are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for secondary majors, participation is optional.

2. Is a baccalaureate degree awarded for a secondary major?

No. A student earning a secondary major will receive only one baccalaureate degree from Baylor University, and that degree will be associated with the student’s primary major.

3. What is the difference between a secondary major and a double major or second baccalaureate?

With a double major, a student earns two majors within the same baccalaureate degree program. A second baccalaureate involves fulfilling the requirements for two different baccalaureate degrees (e.g., Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science). The secondary major, on the other hand, allows a student to earn one baccalaureate degree together with a secondary major associated with a different degree program without fulfilling all of the core requirements associated with that second degree.

4. What is the difference between a secondary major and a minor?

Minors are generally available at Baylor University, but require far fewer semester hours (typically only 18–21 hours) than a major. A secondary major will more closely mirror the requirements that a department has set forth for a major, which means that a secondary major requires a greater depth of study into the subject than a minor.

5. Is there a minimum number of hours required for a secondary major?

No. The expectation, however, is that a secondary major will conform to the major requirements currently in place within a department and the appropriate college or school. There might be subtle differences between the requirements of a major and a secondary major in a department due to the fact that students working toward a secondary major might not have fulfilled all of the core requirements of that department’s program. Some departments may consider including a few courses “in other areas” to compensate for such variations in basic core requirements.

6. Is there a limit to the number of hours that can be required in a secondary major?

There is no limit, but the number of hours for a secondary major is typically very similar to the number of hours for a major. Most secondary majors are either the same number of hours as a major or three hours fewer.

7. What should the distribution of lower and upper level courses be for a secondary major?

That ratio should conform to the current major requirements in a department, but also with the understanding that there might be subtle differences between the requirements of a major and a secondary major because students working toward a secondary major might not have fulfilled all of the core requirements of that degree.

8. Are all secondary majors available to all students (given their primary degree program) or will there be limitations?

There are no limitations. All secondary majors are available to all students regardless of the degree they are pursuing.

9. Can courses "double count" toward both a minor (or major) and a secondary major?

No. In this respect, courses taken toward a secondary major are treated in the same way as courses taken toward a major. They are not allowed to double count.

10. What departments have received approval to offer secondary majors?

Description of Sec. Major in Mathematics--(approved 11-28-11)

Description of Sec. Major in Biology--(approved 12-20-11)

Description of Sec. Major in Classics--(approved 12-20-11)

Description of Sec. Major in Greek--(approved 12-20-11)

Description of Sec. Major in Latin--(approved 12-20-11)

Description of Sec. Major in Spanish--(approved 12-20-11)

Description of Sec. Major in Journalism--(approved 12-20-11)

Description of Sec. Major in French--(approved 2-28-12)

Description of Sec. Major in German--(approved 2-28-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Russian--(approved 2-28-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Philosophy--(approved 2-28-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Communication Specialist--(approved 4-20-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Communication Studies--(approved 4-20-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Film and Digital Media--(approved 4-20-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Religion--(approved 5-29-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Physics--(approved 5-29-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Astrophysics--(approved 5-29-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Astronomy--(approved 5-29-12)

Description of Sec. Major in History--(approved 11-7-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Aviation Sciences--(approved 11-7-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Anthropology--(approved 12-21-12)

Description of Sec. Major in Great Texts of the Western Tradition--(approved 3-27-13)

Description of Sec. Major in Theatre Arts--(approved 3-27-13)

Description of Sec. Major in Arabic and Middle East Studies--(approved 11-21-13)

Description of Sec. Major in Asian Studies--(approved 11-21-13)

Description of Sec. Major in Latin American Studies--(approved 11-21-13)

Description of Sec. Major in Slavic and East European Studies--(approved 11-21-13)

Description of Sec. Major in Political Science--(approved 4-7-14)

Description of Sec. Major in Recreation and Leisure Services--(approved 4-30-14)

Description of Sec. Major in Sociology--(approved 6-19-14)

11. When will the first students be able to graduate with a secondary major?

The first students graduated with secondary majors in August 2012.



Revised September 8, 2014