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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Dual and Combined Programs

If you are interested in pursuing a major from the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a major from another school at Syracuse, consider our dual and combined enrollment options. Our dual programs will allow you to combine majors across two schools and lead to a single, jointly authorized degree. Most students are able to complete these programs in four years.

A&S | Maxwell offers dual enrollment options with the following schools:

  • School of Education
  • Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

A&S | Maxwell also offers a combined program with the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students complete the requirements for and receive two degrees — one degree in a major of their choice in engineering or computer science and one degree in a major in A&S | Maxwell.

Looking to enroll in a dual or combined program? Please select this option when completing the Common Application. If you are not admitted to a dual or combined program, you'll be able to re-apply later for an intra-university transfer into a dual or combined enrollment program, once you are enrolled at the University.

Dual Programs

School of Education

Dual enrollment options in A&S | Maxwell and the School of Education will prepare you to instruct grades 7-12 in biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, English, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish. In A&S | Maxwell, you will complete the Liberal Arts Core (with some specified courses) and take in-depth coursework in the content area you wish to teach. You’ll also pursue professional development opportunities focused on the skills and knowledge necessary to teach students from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities.

This program requires a minimum of 124-127 credits.

Martin J. Whitman School of Management

The A&S | Maxwell and Whitman dual program will equip you with the essential skills necessary to become an effective business leader and the ability to translate those skills to other growing fields. You may select any major offered by Whitman and one of the following A&S | Maxwell programs: applied mathematics, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, Earth sciences, international relations, or mathematics. For example, you may choose to combine business and STEM to work in pharmaceuticals, medical device development or even alternative fuels and biotechnology. Alternatively, you may combine business and international relations to prepare for international business endeavors. A&S | Maxwell serve as the home colleges and students enrolled in this dual program will need to complete the Liberal Arts Core.

This program requires a minimum of 140 credits.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Students dually enrolled in A&S | Maxwell and Newhouse complete the requirements for an A&S | Maxwell B.A. or B.S. degree, or a selected studies program approved by the dean of A&S. Students also satisfy requirements for a major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, chosen from advertising; broadcast and digital journalism; graphic design; magazine, news and digital journalism; photography; public relations; or television, radio, and film. A&S | Maxwell serve as the home colleges and students enrolled in this dual program will need to complete the Liberal Arts Core.

This program requires a minimum of 122 credits, including at least 90 credits in A&S | Maxwell.

Combined Program:

College of Engineering and Computer Science

This is a rigorous program that typically exceeds the traditional four-year undergraduate timeline. If you're considering this option, be sure to connect frequently with your advisor. That's the best way to understand the requirements of your majors and how to efficiently complete the requirements of each. Most students complete this program in five academic years.

Students in this combined program often major in mathematics, biology, physics, or chemistry in A&S | Maxwell, although other majors are allowed upon approval by both colleges. You will start in A&S | Maxwell where you will receive a general STEM education, exploring relevant social sciences and humanities topics. Over the course of four to five academic years, you will focus more heavily on upper-level coursework offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, gaining a comprehensive education where engineering is connected to other STEM fields.

This program requires a minimum of 150 credits, including at least 96 in A&S | Maxwell.