Each student is (only) required to have one major, which may be a departmental, an inter-departmental, or a special major.
A student may choose to major in two subjects simultaneously, or "double major." Students considering this option should be aware that some departments require a higher grade point average for double majors. Also, having two majors may limit a student's flexibility in course selection.
Students may also choose to pursue one or two minors with some limits. A minor may be completed in course or as part of an Honors program. Most departments and interdisciplinary programs offer course minors. Those departments or programs not offering course minors are:
- Comparative Literature
- Political Science
- Sociology & Anthropology
- Studio Art
These departments and programs do offer Honors minors.
Students will normally apply for admission to the Honors Program at the time they write their Sophomore Plan of Study, via the mySwarthmore Sophomore Plan website. Students who are accepted into Honors as sophomores are accepted with the provision that their work will continue to be of Honors quality. Students may also apply later to enter the Honors Program.
LIMITS ON MULTIPLE MAJORS/MINORS
Students may have up to two majors; a student with two majors may not have a minor.
One exception: A student in Honors (having an Honors major and an Honors minor) may have a second major outside of Honors so long as that second major is the same subject as the Honors minor. This is the only circumstance in which a student may major and minor in the same subject.
Students may have one or two — but no more than two — minors, if they have only one major.
Overlap rule: Minors will include at least five credits, four of which may not overlap with the student's major or other minor. Information on the overlap rule is available on the Registrar's Website.
If your Plan of Study involves a special major, please consult the College Catalog regarding the development of the plan. There are already "regularized" special majors described in the Catalog (e.g. Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Educational Studies special majors).
For a truly "individualized" special major, you must consult the departments under which this type of major will be supervised. You also must complete the paper Individualized Special Major form.