Undergrad Double Majoring
Information for undergraduate students
Multiple Majors for a B.A. or B.S. Degree
The University of Wisconsin School of Music is unique in the Big Ten in that it is a part of the College of Letters and Science (L&S). This makes it relatively easy for a student to achieve a double major. Because of the many schools and departments within the College of Letters and Science, students have a wide array of choices and options within the degree programs. With multiple majors, a student can pursue individual interests and follow a course of study leading to many options for graduate work and career opportunities. The College of L&S departments are listed in the light-colored boxes on this page.
A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree with two majors can be a four-year program totaling 120 degree credits. Courses in each major would usually consist of 40 credits, while breadth requirements and electives outside the majors comprise the remaining credits.
In music the BA/BS and the Bachelor of Music differ in the number of total credits required in Music. The BM, a professional degree in music, consists of 130 credits of which 90 are music courses. The BA/BS liberal arts degree with a major in music consists of 120 credits of which 40 or more credits are music. It does not include some of the more advanced music courses or the music elective credits available in the BM curriculum. However, many of our BS/BA music majors have continued in graduate music studies after completing their undergraduate degree.
With the appropriate second major a student may do the requirements necessary for Pre-Med and Pre-Law. Any student wishing to take a double major should seek advice from each department as early as possible.
Double Majors with a Professional Degree
If a student wishes to attain a degree in Engineering, Business, Nursing or Agriculture with a music major, it is necessary first to be accepted by the School of Music, then to obtain permission from the appropriate College to complete a second major in the College of Letters and Science. In most cases it will take longer than four years to complete a degree with the added major. Students will work toward the degree in their professional area while fulfilling the 40-credit requirement for a Letters and Science Music major (BA/BS). Courses in the second major will be reflected on the transcript not the diploma.
To shorten the time working toward a degree, students have several options:
a) with sufficient high school work in math or foreign language, one can gain retroactive credits that will count toward one's degree.
b) upon evaluation, UW Madison will accept up to 90 transfer credits counting toward the degree.
c) students may take course work during the summers at the UW-Madison campus.
Consult the College of Letters and Science website
for specific information about degree programs. For information about combining a music major with a second major in the College of Letters in Science, you may also contact the UW-Madison School of Music. For questions on combining L&S majors outside of music, contact the College of Letters and Science at 608/262-2644.