Policy Number: D01.3
Policy Name: Undergraduate Dual Degree Policy
A dual degree program is one in which the student works towards satisfying the academic requirements for two distinct degree types in an integrated fashion. Currently at RIT at the undergraduate level, this option applies solely to those students who aspire to earning the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in a single program of study. Students may apply the same coursework towards the fulfillment of the requirements for both degrees. To achieve the academic depth and breadth implied by a program of study that results in the awarding of two undergraduate degrees, a dual degree program consists of substantial additional coursework as compared to that required for a double major; namely, a minimum of 30 additional semester hours beyond the credit hours required for the degree program comprised of the smaller number of credits. Students who successfully complete a dual degree program receive two diplomas, one for each degree earned.
The following requirements apply to students who want to earn a BS degree and a BFA degree in a single, integrated program of study.
- The option of earning a dual degree is available to matriculated baccalaureate students only.
- The dual degree program must satisfy all the graduation and accreditation requirements for both degree programs, including an immersion for each degree. However, students may use requirements from one major to fulfill electives in the other major, and visa versa.
- The dual degree program must include a minimum of 30 additional semester hours beyond the credit hours required for the degree program comprised of the smaller number of credits.
- The same coursework may be used to meet the requirements of both degrees; that is, “double counting” is allowed as long as the heads of both degree programs approve it.
Responsible Office: The Academic Senate and the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Academic Senate - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Provost - email@example.com
Effective Date: August 2013
Approved February 7, 2013