Second Bachelor's Degree

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Dual Degree

A student may earn two different degrees (e.g., B.A. and B.S.) at the same time by having completed the requirements for each degree and a total of at least 120 semester hours. An application for graduation must be submitted for both degrees. Students officially enrolled in a dual degree program who, for any reason, choose to graduate with a single bachelor’s degree after having completed more than one-half of the requirements for the second degree will be granted seven years beyond the date of initial graduation for purposes of completing requirements for the second degree. It shall be the student’s responsibility to monitor the passage of time and to complete degree requirements by the official deadline. The University assumes no responsibility for notifying students of pending deadlines.

Double Major

A student may complete two or more majors under the same degree with a minimum of 120 semester hours, provided the student fulfills the requirements specific to each major. Additional school or college and University Core Curriculum requirements must be met for the primary program only.  Students completing a double major are awarded one degree and therefore one diploma.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A student may earn a second bachelor’s degree upon completion of a minimum of 30 hours, making a total of 150 hours minimum, provided the student fulfills the requirements of the department or school and college for the second bachelor’s degree. A prior bachelor’s degree fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement. If a student’s first bachelor’s degree is from another university, 30 hours in residence is required to fulfill the requirements for the second bachelor’s degree. If the first bachelor’s degree was earned at the University, a minimum of 10 semester hours must be taken in residence at the University.

Three-Year Baccalaureate Degree Program

It is possible to complete a baccalaureate degree program in three years by utilizing proficiency examinations. The equivalent of one year of credit (30 semester hours) may be earned by this method. If you desire to follow the three-year program you should make that fact known to your academic advisor at the earliest possible date so that your eligibility can be determined. A combination of programs may be employed to accumulate these 30 hours as described above in the section on Credit by Means Other than Classroom Attendance.

Degree Clearance

Degree Works is the system of record for measuring compliance for degree award for all candidates with a catalog year of summer 2012 and later.  The audit is available through the SalukiNet portal at all times and any questions regarding degree progress are to be addressed by the academic advisor assigned to the program.

All combinations of degree and major are subject to curriculum rules for the student’s catalog year.  The Registrar’s Office monitors appropriate application of approved curriculum and make corrections as necessary.  A list of approved curricula with effective dates can be found at registrar.siu.edu/curric and should be consulted when considering major changes.