Below are the answers to the questions most commonly asked about the difference between a dual baccalaureate degree and a double major:
What’s the difference?
The number of credits: 150 for a dual baccalaureate degree; 120 for a double major.
Do students need to complete the same degree requirements for both?
Yes, the only difference is the number of credits.
How does a student apply for a dual baccalaureate degree?
She or he files a “Dual Baccalaureate Degree Application” form in the assistant dean's office of the college of his/her dual degree.
How many diplomas does a student receive for a dual baccalaureate degree?
Two, one for each degree: i.e., Political Science (B.A.) and Computer Science (B.S.)
Is it possible that a student will get two diplomas, both with a B.A.?
Yes, if both degrees are B.A.s., i.e., Political Science (B.A.) and Criminology (B.A.).
How many diplomas does a student receive for a double major?
If a student has a double major, what determines if she or he will receive a B.A. or a B.S.?
The major which he or she declares as the primary major. For example, a student is double majoring in Political Science (B.A.) and Computer Science (B.S.), and declares Political Science as his/her primary major. She or he will then earn a B.A. from IUP, and will need to earn 120 credits (and, of course, meet all requirements for both majors).
How does a student apply for a double major?
The student files a “Double Major Application” form in the assistant dean’s office of the college of his/her double major.
How does a dual baccalaureate student apply for graduation?
Because of the complexity of his/her records, this student should not apply on line. He or she completes two graduation applications with the assistant dean’s office of each degree; i.e., one with the assistant dean of the College of Humanities (Political Science) and one with the assistant dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Math (Computer Science).
How does a double major student apply for graduation?
He or she can apply on line, or can complete one graduation application with the assistant dean of the college of his/her primary major.
What if a double-major student meets the requirements for a dual baccalaureate degree? In other words, she or he will have completed all the course work required for both majors and will have earned 150 credits?
We see this fairly often. The student would be eligible to graduate with a dual baccalaureate degree and receive two diplomas. Prior to graduation, the student will need to apply for the dual baccalaureate degree as explained in both questions 3 and 9 above.