Majors, Minors & Certificates

Major Requirements

A major is a primary field of study, an in-depth academic focus; you develop a significant level of knowledge in a specific academic area. In order to graduate, you must complete the requirements for one of the majors offered by PSU. The number of credits required for each major vary.

Details about the specific requirements for the undergraduate majors offered by PSU are located on each academic department's website and in the PSU Bulletin. Search for majors on the Undergraduate Programs page to view an overview of the program and degree planner.

Second Major (optional)

If you want to complete more than one major, you can do so by completing the requirements for a second major in addition to the general education, degree, and first major requirements. Depending on the majors, some courses may be applied towards both major requirements. Courses taken to complete the Upper Division Cluster requirements may also be used to complete a requirement for a second major or a minor (but not a first major).

Concurrent Degrees

Students may receive two different bachelor's degrees in two different major programs at the same time (e.g., BA in English and BS in Environmental Science) by completing the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements in the specific bachelor's degree (BA, BS, BFA, BM, BFA), the general education requirements AND each major's requirements; 
  2. Earn 36 credits beyond the 180 minimum required for a single bachelor's degree (i.e., 216 credits total); and
  3. Meet the PSU residence credit requirement by completing 45 of the last 60 or 165 of the total 216 at PSU.

Minors and Certificates (optional)

Minors and certificates generally require fewer credits than a major and are a great way to supplement your education. Most programs that are available as a major also offer a minor in that area. Some departments also offer minors which are very specialized and are not offered as majors. Courses taken to complete the Upper Division Cluster requirements may also be used to complete a requirement for a minor or certificate.

To search for minor and certificates, visit the Undergraduate Programs page and select Minor or Certificate from the "I want to get a" filter.

Questions about all graduation requirements should be directed to your academic advisor.