Double Majors

Did you know?

Students entering with Advanced Placement, enrichment courses taken at community colleges while in high school or both are in a perfect position to work on a double major while attending UC Berkeley. Units awarded that fulfill University requirements do not have to be counted towards the 120-130 unit maximum for the Bachelor’s Degree allowing students to remain at Berkeley for 8 semesters while acquiring two majors.

Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of Italian 1-4 before admission need only complete 32 units of upper-division coursework in Italian Studies to earn a major. Students with native or extensive academic exposure to Italian may, with language proficiency screening by our Italian language program coordinator, find that they can be placed at a higher level of language study constituting a waiver of lower-level Italian courses allowing for fewer courses to be taken for the major with the possibility of acquiring a first or second major.

Up to two courses can be counted for credit between two major programs at Berkeley depending how closely related the major requirements which are, in effect, two courses counting as four, making it easier to double major. There are also several majors at UC Berkeley that require 4 semesters of lower-division language that may also be applied to lower-division language requirements for Italian Studies, e.g. Political Economy, Peace and Conflicts Studies, and so on. Think 4 courses applied to 2 sets of lower-division requirements giving you a way to make double majoring work for you.

Why Two Majors?

Berkeley is a unique learning environment with a diversity of majors, curriculum, research, and study abroad opportunities. Our double majors study in fields as far ranging as the biological sciences, history of art, mathematics, business, history, and comparative literature. It may surprise some but many of our double majors pursue pre-med requirements and as biological science majors, are looking for a balance between fulfilling career goals and feeding their intellectual and personal interests in the study of the language and culture of one of the oldest and most fascinating countries in Western history.

Have we given you something to think about?

Early planning is the key. Your next step is to see our staff advisor!

Who to Talk to:

Kathi Brosnan
Student Services Advisor
Department of Italian Studies
For questions and appointments: issaug@berkeley.edu
Questions by phone: 510-642-4661