Students must have at least one major in order to graduate. Available majors can be viewed here. Students can select a second major, but certain constraints apply depending on the second major desired.
If the second major is within the same degree program, that is called a double major. Students can declare a double major as long as the requirements for each major are distinct and do not overlap coursework.
If a student wishs to select a major that is outside of the degree program of the first major, they would declare a Secondary Major. Secondary majors allow a student from one degree program to earn a secondary major from a participating department within a different program by fulfilling the requirements set forth by that participating department but without requiring students to enroll in the additional courses that comprise that other program's core curriculum. Through the secondary major option, upon graduation, a student earns one baccalaureate degree from Baylor (through the fulfillment of all requirements from the student's home college or school). Although that student will not be awarded a second degree, the student's transcript will reflect that he or she has earned a secondary major in that second area of study. For a list of approved Secondary Majors, click here.
A student may elect a minor consisting of a minimum of eighteen semester hours in a designated area of study, which may be from a different school/college than the major field (at least twelve hours in residence). At least nine hours must be at the “3000” or “4000” level; not more than three hours from the major may be applied to the minor. Specific requirements for the minor, as designated by the academic units, are listed with “Degree Requirements” and in the department and institute sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.