College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology

Combined Majors

An undergraduate degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires that a student complete at least 120 credit hours in courses. Typically, a student will dedicate about 40 hours to a major, about 35 credit hours to courses in the core curriculum, and the remaining 45 credit hours to other, "elective" courses. This provides a student with several options:

  • The student may use all 45 credit hours to sample courses in a broad range of fields, thus contributing to the student's general education.
  • The student may use about 20 of these credit hours to complete a minor in a second discipline, leaving about 25 truly elective credit hours.
  • A student may use almost all of these 45 credit hours to complete a second major, specializing in two disciplines, but leaving little opportunity for a broader education.

The Combined Major provides a fourth option - one that may be preferable to any of those above. Combined majors require more coursework than a regular major, but less coursework than completing a major in each subject area separately (i.e., double majoring). Students completing a combined major receive one degree in a combination of disciplines rather than two degrees in different disciplines.

A student in a Combined Major completes about 30 credit hours - the most important courses - in each of two disciplines. A student with such a degree is often more appealing to a prospective employer or graduate program than a student with a major in one discipline and a minor in the other (even though the Combined Major requires the same number of credit hours as a major in one field and a minor in the other).

Anthropology and Psychology

Criminology and Psychology

Philosophy and Psychology

Psychology and Political Science

Sociology and Psychology