In order to receive a bachelor's degree from Rice University, students must complete the requirements for at least one major. Within some majors, students are asked to declare a particular area of specialization, or a major concentration. Students may also choose to fulfill the requirements for more than one major; such majors do not necessarily need to be in related fields. A list of majors, minors, and university certificates can be found in the General Announcements.
Undergraduate students must declare a major during or before the spring semester of their second year. Second year students will not be permitted to register for the fall semester of their third year if they have not yet declared a major. The major declaration deadline is listed in the Academic Calendar each year. Undergraduates may declare a major at any time before this deadline and always are free to change their major by completing the appropriate form.
In addition to a major, students may also choose to declare:
Please Note: Students must first declare a primary major before declaring a minor or university certificate.
To declare your major, minor, and/or university certificate:
To change the catalog year for your major, minor, and/or university certificate:
Students enrolled in bachelor’s programs may choose to follow the graduation general and program requirements in effect for any academic year between their matriculation or graduation. This is known as the GA Year, or Catalog Year in the university's degree audit system, Degree Works.
If at any time, even after initially declaring the major/minor/certificate, the catalog year needs to be updated for a major/minor/certificate, this can be accomplished by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a change in catalog year – students should not make this request without first discussing this option with a major (or minor or university certificate) advisor.
Enrolled undergraduates may declare more than one degree and major. To earn a second four-year bachelor’s degree, also known as a dual degree, currently enrolled undergraduates complete at least 30 additional semester hours at Rice University beyond the hours required for their first bachelor’s degree. For information on Dual Degree graduation requirements, click here.
After declaring one major, Rice students may choose to fulfill the requirements for an additional major (whether that major is related or unrelated to their first). When both of those majors are connected to the same degree, that is known as a double major. A student pursuing a BA degree with a major in History who chooses to declare an additional major in English, also attached to the BA degree, is a double major and not a dual degree candidate.
At Rice, students have the option to declare majors offered in different degree programs without pursuing the dual degree option. For example, a student may pursue a BS degree with a major in Physics, and choose to double major in Religion. (Rice does not award a BS with a major in Religion, only a BA.) In this scenario, the student selects the degree and major to be identified as their declared primary program. As part of completing their graduation requirements, they complete not only the degree and major requirements of their primary program, but the major requirements for their double major. Upon conferral of the BS degree with a major in Physics, the final academic transcript will include not only that notated BS degree and Physics major, but the sentence notation, “Student has additionally met the requirements for a major in Religion, normally associated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.”