Pros and Cons of a Double Major

on February 15, 2017

Deciding to double major is not an easy choice. There is a lot to consider, especially if you’re majoring in two unrelated fields. Double majoring can affect your job prospects and income after graduation, but it could take longer to graduate.


Here is a list of pros and cons to guide you in your decision-making process:



  • Earning two degrees increases your job prospects and potential careers once you graduate
  • Colleges and universities have guidelines to help students double major, so consult your school before making your decision
  • If you decide to drop one major as your interests change, you won’t have to play catch up in another major — you’ve already done the work in another field
  • Pairing liberal arts majors with those in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) results in higher earnings than just majoring in a liberal arts field 
  • Double majoring builds your skillset and critical thinking abilities, which are valuable to employers
  • Some classes might overlap, making your time and tuition dollars go farther than you might expect


  • You might not graduate in four — or even five — years
  • Depending on your abilities, it might be better to concentrate on one field of study instead of splitting your time between two disciplines
  • If you stretch yourself too thin and never acquire a list of accomplishments or internships in either major, employers might not be impressed with your double major
  • You might not be able to take as many elective courses or explore something completely different than what you originally set out to study because of all the course requirements and prerequisites
  • You could have to take summer classes to keep up with the course load or to stay on track to graduate in four years
  • The time you spend studying could be spent doing extracurricular activities. Think long and hard about whether you want to hit the books or take part in clubs or other organizations

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