Double Degrees in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Communicates allowable degree combinations and prevents award of multiple degrees, majors, or concentrations for which requirements have extensive curriculum overlap that this would not meet the spirit of earning a unique degree.
The following combinations of degrees are allowable within the College, subject to restrictions placed by departments or programs on the allowable course overlap:
- Two (2) or more Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. These must be different B.S. degrees, not different concentrations within the same B.S. degree, and must conform to any restrictions placed by awarding departments or programs on the allowable course overlap.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and B.S. degrees as long as the degrees are in different majors. Students may not, for example, earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in mathematics. Allowable course overlap between the two degrees is determined by each department or program.
- Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) and B.S. degrees as long as the degrees are in different majors. Students may not, for example, earn both a B.G.S. and a B.S. in economics. Allowable course overlap between the two degrees is determined by each department or program. Students pursuing the B.G.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences are also permitted to pursue a B.S. degree in another area of study.
- Students may complete the requirements for more than one emphasis area or concentration in a major or degree program but should be aware that they are not completing a second degree or major. The following example illustrates this point: A student who completes all requirements for both the traditional English option and the creative-writing option is earning one degree, either the B.A. in English or the B.G.S. in English.
- Students may earn a B.A. or a B.G.S. with more than one major but not more than one B.A. or B.G.S. degree from the College. The B.G.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences may not be earned in combination with another major or minor. Allowable course overlap between the two majors is determined by each department or program.
- Students normally may not earn a B.A. degree and a B.G.S. degree.
Requests for exceptions must be discussed with the Director of College Advising & Student Services on behalf of College Governance, and all petitions are vetted through the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and Advising (CUSA). Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and Advising (CUSA).
Director College Advising & Student Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
109 Strong Hall
Historically, stipulations regarding degree awarding in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is first noted in the 1981-1982 KU Academic Catalog. Since this initial stipulation significant changes have been noted in the 1996 and 2002 KU Academic Catalog. These significant changes, in addition to other technical changes, can be found in historical catalogs kept through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
07/05/2021: Existing stipulations from the KU Academic Catalog published in Policy Library.