Earning A Double Degree, What’s That All About?

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“Whoa, so you’re earning a dual majoring in Biology and English?
“How does that work out?”

In this post, I’ll be sharing some common questions I usually get about earning a double degree.

1.WHY DID YOU DO IT?

I actually started off majring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and along the lines of having to take general ed classes, I simply enjoyed taking english courses. I wanted to have a more comprehensive view in understanding what makes the human body tick, and why they function the way that they function. In addition, I wanted to learn more about writing techniques, Victorian literature, so on and so forth.

2. HOW DO I BALANCE EVERYTHING OUT, CONSIDERING THAT THESE ARE TWO BROAD ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM?

Truthfully, it’s not easy. If you want to have a life and do well in all of your classes, you have to learn how to prioritize your time well (Check out my other blog post about that.)

3. HOW AM I ABLE TO DOUBLE DEGREE?

Okay, before I elaborate on this, know that earning a double degree means paying twice the amount than is expected (I actually did not realize this until I went to get my graduation clearance.) Anyways, I suggest to first look at the overall curriculum catalog, and see if you are able to double dip in some class. What I mean by that is if you have to take a gen ed class in biology, use one of your required english classes to fulfill that. Another piece of advice about this is to consult your Pre-med/Pre-health advisor and program director advisor to see what they suggest.

4. IS IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO EARN A DOUBLE DEGREE IN NATURAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES IF I WANT TO GET INTO MEDICAL/GRAD SCHOOL?

Truthfully, you do not have to earn a double degree in these courses(earning a science degree will give you a better understanding on how certain diseases comes about), but if you want to major in a social science, business, or even art, then go for it. Use that four years to understand that topic. A side note here is that one of the physicians that I shadowed double majored in communications and history. In addition, just know that when it comes to your medical school interviews, you have to be able to explain to the admissions committee in why you chose those majors.

** All in all, if you want a deeper understanding a certain subject, then go for it!