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How do you get into a double major??

A photo of MaryWalton MaryWalton
I applied for BA psychology at four universities, but I really want to do a double major in psych and film... how can I do this? or can I only do psych now?
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A photo of kraken kraken
depends on the school... at a lot of schools you don't officially pick your major(s) until second year. but yeah you can probably double major.

Out of curiosity, which schools did you apply to?
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A photo of MaryWalton MaryWalton
In reply to kraken:
Queen's University, University of Guelph, and Wilfrid Laurier University in Honours BA psychology, and McMaster University in Social Sciences. I've already been accepted into Laurier and McMaster, does that make a difference?
Thanks for your help!
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@MaryWalton wrote
In reply to kraken:
Queen's University, University of Guelph, and Wilfred Laurier University in Honours BA psychology, and McMaster University in Social Sciences. I've already been accepted into Laurier and McMaster, does that make a difference?
Thanks for your help!


Wilfrid. You should know how to spell the name of the school you want to attend, not to mention the fact that he was Canada's 7th Prime Minister and first francophone PM. And he's on the $5 bill to boot.
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A photo of MaryWalton MaryWalton
Sorry about that, I fixed it. Just to let you know though, I've always had trouble remebering if it was an 'i' or an 'e' in the name. When I was typing the reply up, I wasn't sure but didn't bother looking it up. Oh, and I'm usually pretty good at spelling (I placed 2nd in a regional spelling bee once) so I was slightly offended by your comment. Just be careful when saying that kind of stuff to others please. I didn't mean for my spelling error to cause anything.
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@MaryWalton wrote
Sorry about that, I fixed it. Just to let you know though, I've always had trouble remebering if it was an 'i' or an 'e' in the name. When I was typing the reply up, I wasn't sure but didn't bother looking it up. Oh, and I'm usually pretty good at spelling (I placed 2nd in a regional spelling bee once) so I was slightly offended by your comment. Just be careful when saying that kind of stuff to others please. I didn't mean for my spelling error to cause anything.


Partly because that is the way it is supposed to be spelt, and partly to be respectful.

You shouldn't abuse that kind of spelling talent. I was first in a spelling bee many moons ago, and I am very thankful for my ability. Others need to work very hard to spell what many consider "simple" words.

I am pleased to hear that you took the initiative to fix that. I did not mean to offend you. Try not to let it happen again, for the sake of all of us. :cheers:
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A photo of c3gibson c3gibson
Definitely depends on the University but usually you can declare your major at the end of first or second year.
Once you know where you want to go got in touch with your academic advisor they can help you out! Good Luck
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A photo of seanleamen seanleamen
Depends in the university. Some (like for me UOttawa) lets you apply for one straight from your OUAC application. However, some (like for me Carleton) you have to email or call them or make a separate application to apply for one. E-mail or call each university to figure out how to do it.
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@MaryWalton wrote
In reply to kraken:
Queen's University, University of Guelph, and Wilfrid Laurier University in Honours BA psychology, and McMaster University in Social Sciences. I've already been accepted into Laurier and McMaster, does that make a difference?
Thanks for your help!



no problem! I know at Queen's you can do "medial" subjects, which is two subjects equally, basically a double major. and pretty sure you can do the same sort of thing at most schools. In the arts you're usually not forced to take the exact subject you applied for... in fact at a lot of schools you can change your major(s) online whenever you want haha.
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A photo of DreamingGoddess DreamingGoddess
I will be graduating from a combined honours in Psychology and Linguistics.
Possibly the easiest way to start your double major is to apply for one and check with the schools to make sure that they allow you to graduate with a double major. In your first year you can try to take a few courses for both potential majors and make sure you check in with an academic advisor as to the steps you would have to take to make it official. Make sure that in your first year you have an idea of what courses you would need in order to graduate and fulfill all the requirements for both degrees.

This can be done by taking summer courses or taking an extra year to complete. It may be the case that not all the courses you need to take are offered every year (as was the case with some of my Linguistics courses) or they may conflict with another course. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

Best of luck! It's a lot of work, but it's definitely worth it!:cheese:
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A photo of RichardS RichardS
You can generally choose either program in OUAC.

However, keep in mind that programs with limited enrollment (specialist) or programs that are very specific may require you to have actually selected their program in order to take it. Other programs that generally have larger enrollment and open courses (e.g. political sciences) are generally more flexible.

Also, remember a double major is not a double degree!
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A photo of briannajchan briannajchan
I think you can do a double major if you can afford the time to take a double load of classes while most people only either do one major or some also have a minor. But you'll have to have a really good sense of time management and be really consciencious because both intended subjects are really tough.
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A photo of Jessa Jessa
Well for Laurier, all you really have to do is look at the requirements for each major and make sure that over your years you get the required courses. I'm going to Laurier in the fall and I had a similar conversation with people from Laurier. They told me that I just have to make sure I meet the requirements for both. (My double major will be English and Communications...with the Management Option)
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