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Minors, Double Majors and Combined Degrees

How do I complete a minor or a second major in another field?

Students wishing to obtain a minor or a second major in another program or department are required to meet the guidelines set by that program or department. Courses for a minor or second major can be drawn from a student's open electives, Liberal Studies requirements, or their primary major. Note that in some cases, a double major may require more credit hours to complete than the ordinary minimum number needed for graduation. A C- grade or better is required in all courses taken for any major or minor. Students may declare their minor or second major fields using the online declaration form.

Can I double major across colleges?

Yes, in many cases. For students who wish to double major in history and Education, please see the combined degree requirements, History (BA) + Secondary Education History (MEd). See the LAS College Office OR e-mail to request additional information and/or to set up an appointment to discuss cross-college double-majors.​

As a double-major, do I have to complete senior capstone courses in both majors?

All history majors must take HST 390 to meet departmental major requirements, regardless of whether they also take a capstone course in another department.

As a history major, can I complete my B.A. and get certified to teach in Illinois public schools at the same time? Can I do this in four years?

Yes. If you are currently a junior or senior and think you might want to becom a history teacher, you might be interested in pursuing the 5 Year History BA/MEd, detailed here.