Advantages of the Double Major

There are many reasons the world looks to the U.S. as the model for higher education, but a big one is the type of innovative thinking that results from the combination of broad and deep thinking. The American bachelor’s degree, in fact, encourages this hybridity by requiring students to pursue general education before specializing in a major.  While both students and professors often consider GE coursework a waste of time (and it certainly can be), situating thought at the borders of disciplines is a proven source of intellectual dynamism and creativity. This article takes the idea a step further by touting the advantages of the double major, especially when the majors are in fields very different from each other.

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