If you’re wondering what to do with that plethora of college-wide electives you’re collecting or have developed an interest in another academic program, consider taking on a double major.
As of … now, Columbia students can consider pursuing a double major, said Brian Marth, director of the College Advising Center. Many of Columbia’s programs require only 42 credits to be completed, leaving 78 credits to complete your LAS core, college requirements, and college wide electives. Those 78 credits can also be used towards a minor or a second major.
In order to graduate with a double major, a student must complete all of the requirements for both academic departments and there will be very little room for students to take other college-wide electives.
This is different from pursuing an interdisciplinary degree, however, which requires each student to write a proposal that must be approved by the departments involved. According to Marth, an interdisciplinary degree is more about the blending of different programs to design an integrated field of study, whereas a double major requires the completion of two separate programs.
If you’re thinking about pursuing a double major, talk to your college advisor. It is important to begin both fields of study as early as possible to help ensure you are taking credits that help you graduate on time or not long after your hoped for graduate date.