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Major requirements

Student Advising Orientation

A major is a primary field of study, an in-depth academic focus. Here you will develop a significant level of knowledge in a specific academic area. You must complete the requirements for one of the majors offered by PSU in order to graduate. PSU offers over 100 majors and the number of credits required for each major vary.

Details about the specific requirements for the undergraduate programs offered by PSU are located on each academic department's website. For a list of all undergraduate programs, including links to departments and degree maps, visit the Undergraduate Programs page.

Second Major (optional)

If you want to complete more than one major, you can do so by completing the requirements for a second major in addition to the general education, degree, and first major requirements. Depending on the majors, some courses may be applied towards both major requirements. Courses taken to complete the Upper Division Cluster requirements may also be used to complete a requirement for a second major or a minor (but not a first major). Please see your advisor for more information about how a second major may impact your requirements.

Concurrent Degrees

Students may receive two different bachelor's degrees in two different major programs at the same time (e.g., BA in English and BS in Environmental Science) by completing the following requirements:

  1. meet the requirements in the specific bachelor's degree (BA, BS, BFA, BM, BFA), the general education requirements AND each major's requirements; 
  2. earn 36 credits beyond the 180 minimum required for a single bachelor's degree (i.e., 216 credits total); and
  3. meet the PSU residence credit requirement by completing 45 of the last 60 or 165 of the total 216 at PSU.

Questions about all graduation requirements should be directed to the appropriate academic advisor in the school, college or department offering the major.