Second Major and Supplementary Major

In some colleges, you may have the option of pursuing majors in two departments, referred to as having a second or double major. A second major or double major between colleges is also possible. It generally requires the completion of all the University requirements, the requirements of the college of your first major, and the requirements of both majors. In general, a single course may not satisfy requirements for both majors.

A supplementary major is an academic program, generally consisting of eight courses. It can be completed in addition to a major, but it cannot stand alone in qualifying a student for an undergraduate degree.

Art as a second major in studio art, art history or design can help round out your knowledge and your body of work. A|AH|D offers students the opportunity to study the world through the history and production of visual objects and images. Students gain Visual Literacy, which is the ability to read and speak through visuals. The visual images and objects we make and study represent all aspects of life and lived experiences. Whether designing medical equipment, branding for a sports team, painting self-portraits, or studying artifacts from ancient civilizations, contextual knowledge and research give strength and meaning to our work. Students in our program find complementary second majors all over the university - from Anthropology to Gender Studies to Marketing to Engineering. Reach out to the director of undergraduate studies or a faculty member in your area of concentration to discuss whether a double major is feasible and desirable.

Majors and supplementary majors within the College of Arts and Letters
Majors within the College of Science
Majors within Mendoza College of Business

Campus Affiliates

The following is a list of departments and schools within Notre Dame with which we frequently have cross-listed courses, share double-majoring students, and share faculty. For example, we have many students who double-major in business and design, engineering and design, film and art studio, etc.


If you are thinking of seeking a second major with us, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Elyse Speaks, to set up an appointment or talk with one of our faculty in your area of interest.