Double Degrees

A student may earn multiple, different degrees simultaneously. Additional degrees may also be earned after your first degree was awarded. The degrees may be offered by the same college, or by different colleges. To earn a double degree, or for each additional degree, a student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one of the degrees.

On the student’s academic record, each degree awarded will be recorded as a separate degree with its major, (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts in English). The student will also receive a separate diploma for each degree awarded (See Academic Regulation 26).

Some majors may only be pursued in conjunction with another degree or as a subsequent degree.

Dual (or Multiple) Majors

Though less common, a student may receive a single degree with multiple majors. Often the number of credits required to complete the requirements for multiple majors allows a student to earn multiple degrees, but that is not always the case. 

When the degree is awarded there will be one degree award with two majors recorded on the student’s record. The student will receive one diploma. 

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Honors Degrees

Students completing the Honors College curriculum receive an honors degree in the college of their major, (e.g., HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English). In some cases it might be possible for an Honors College student to earn multiple degrees simultaneously, each of which would be recorded as an honors degree.


Students seeking an honors degree must meet the requirements of the Honors College in order to receive their degree. Students that complete an honors degree will have the honors degree recorded on their academic record. The student’s diploma will also include the honors degree designation (e.g., Honors Bachelor of Science).