Learn Wide Open
At Purchase College, we attract students who have natural curiosity to explore new ideas or maybe even mash-up different areas of study. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between your favorites.
We encourage students to pursue a double or dual major at Purchase. Since there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to double majoring, below find some guidelines for pursuing dual majors.
Two Liberal Arts Majors
History AND Literature, Sociology AND Economics, Biology AND Gender Studies, New Media AND Psychology… the possibilities are endless!
Students interested in pursuing two majors within the School of Liberal Arts and Science, can simply indicate their interest in a dual major. There is no need to submit a second application. Once your application is processed, one of our admissions counselors will call you to discuss your options.
Before you pay the enrollment/housing deposit, reach out to your admissions counselor. You will only be able to pay the deposit for one major, but we will work with the Advising Center and the Registrar’s office to make sure your student record reflects both majors.
One Arts + One Liberal Arts Major
If you are interested in combining a conservatory/portfolio program (Art+Design, Dance, Acting, Music, Film, Creative Writing, Theater Design/Technology), and another major in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must apply to the arts program as you first choice, then list the LAS major as your second choice on the application.
You must also follow all the requirements to complete your arts application (portfolio, audition, interview, etc.). Please note that not all portfolio programs will automatically allow a double major. If you are admitted to both you will need to work closely with your academic advisor and the faculty in your arts program to receive approval to pursue a double major, and to develop a plan of study that fits YOUR needs.
For this reason, most dual majors in this category don’t typically declare a second major until their sophomore year. But don’t worry, our admissions counselors and advisors are here to guide you every step of the way!
*Please note that dual majors within a Performing Arts program may require faculty approval within your conservatory.*