Expand your career horizons with a Dual Major from Northwood University.

A dual major is when an undergraduate student who completes two sets of major requirements. Northwood University will award only one bachelor’s degree, but will list both majors at time of completion. The added benefits of a dual major include the opportunity to increase your knowledge and the potential for increased earnings and competitiveness.

Earn a dual major with any curriculum

You must complete a minimum of 123 credit hours to earn the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and complete all major course requirements for both majors. Dual majors will require additional credits. We strongly encourage students considering a dual major to meet with an academic advisor to plan out the course sequencing in order to complete all required courses in the most time and cost-effective manner.

It can be done in four years

You can complete a dual major in four years by taking any additional required courses in the right sequence and within elective course openings. This may be done by taking additional courses during the academic year (known as overloads) or during summer or “compressed” sessions outside of the regular semester. If you decide to pursue a dual major as a junior or senior, it will likely take you more than four years to complete. If you are placed in developmental courses, withdraw from courses, or fail courses and have to retake them, this could also lengthen the amount of time required to complete a dual major.

Get more for less

Additional, per-credit tuition charges apply for any overloads or compressed/summer courses. An “overload” is any additional credits over 17 credits per semester. Talk to an academic advisor about how advanced placement (AP) scores and previous college credit can save you time and money. Also, be sure to check out Summer Session tuition rates which may offer additional savings.
Declare a dual major early. You are encouraged to make a decision during the freshmen year, as this allows more time for completing required courses within four years. However, you may declare a dual major at any time while you are a student at Northwood University. Some students declare a dual major upon application, or within the first semester of attending classes. Students considering a dual major should meet with an academic advisor to make the most informed decision.

The difference between majors and minors

A major consists of completing all required major courses (a minimum of 24 credits) within the curriculum. A minor consists of six, three credit courses (18 credits) within a major where at least three courses (9 credits) are in courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (junior and senior level courses).

Getting started

To get started earning a dual major, contact your Academic Advisor to discuss your personal educational path and how this may impact your current academic plan.