Academic Programs

We're here to help ensure that all DU students are able to pursue a degree that matches with their educational goals and interests. We'll help you understand the requirements of your chosen academic program, as well as providing information on the various opportunities available to you.

Academic Programs at DU

Major Declaration & Change Requests

Degree Evaluation

We provide degree audit and evaluation services that explain the course work and requirements that you must complete before becoming eligible for a degree.

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Bulletins & Catalogs

Explore our Bulletins and course catalogs for a full listing of the academic programs offered by the University, as well as the requirements for each.

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Special Undergraduate Degree Options

We offer a variety of special undergraduate degree options that can expand the breadth of your course of study or allow you to develop two sets of separate but complimentary skills and knowledge.

  • Secondary Major

    Secondary majors offer the opportunity to earn one bachelor's degree in one primary program supplemented by work in a second field of specialization outside the primary program. The “secondary major” offers the option of studying two subjects from two different degree programs while earning a bachelor's degree in the first major without the requirement of earning one for the secondary major.

    Specifically, this option allows a student from one degree program to earn a secondary major from a participating department within a different program by fulfilling the requirements (normally 40–45 quarter hours) set forth by that participating department but without requiring students to complete additional courses that comprise that other program’s core curriculum.

    A current list of secondary majors may be found under the Degrees and Programs of Study section.

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  • Concurrent Bachelor's Degree

    Students who wish to pursue two separate undergraduate degrees simultaneously should request an approval form from Undergraduate Academic Advising. A concurrent degree is different than a double major where the majors are within the same degree. Students must work with advisors in both degree areas to establish an academic plan for completing requirements for both degrees. Students should submit the form and their academic plan to the registrar’s office for final approval.

    A student who wants to pursue concurrent undergraduate degrees must complete the following:

    • a minimum of 228 quarter hours (Note: Certain degrees may require additional hours.)
    • all University requirements for both degrees (Common Curriculum requirements need only be completed once, but any unique requirements for each degree program must be met)
    • major and minor requirements as defined by the appropriate departments and schools
    • academic good standing at the time of graduation (GPA of 2.0 or higher as required by the degree programs)
  • Second Bachelor's Degree

    A student with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university who wants to earn a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver must meet normal admission requirements and complete the following:

    • residence requirement of at least 45 quarter hours (one year of full-time study)
    • major and minor requirements as defined by the appropriate departments and schools
    • undergraduate degree requirements
    • academic good standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the time of graduation (Note: The accounting program requires a higher GPA.)
    • At least 50 percent of the required credits for the major and the minor must be completed at the University of Denver.

    Courses taken for the first degree may apply as part of the University of Denver undergraduate requirements for the second degree. Courses previously taken and now being applied to the major or minor are allowed with permission of the chair of the appropriate department. In general, courses used for a minor in the first degree may be built on for a major in the second degree. However, the major in the first degree cannot count as a minor for the second.

    Possession of a bachelor’s degree does not automatically fulfill the common degree requirements as defined by the University.

  • Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Degrees

    A Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Program is an institutionally approved program in which a DU undergraduate student begins taking classes toward a graduate degree program prior to earning a bachelor's degree. In most cases, the student will be required to earn both degrees within five years of matriculation into the undergraduate degree program.

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