Choosing a Major

Whether you've always known what you wanted to study — or discover your passion once you get to Simmons —your major will be integral to the courses you select as you move through each year of the PLAN curriculum. 


You will work with your advisor to choose the path that meets your goals, which could include: 

  1. A single major – a coherent sequence of courses administered by a single department. 
  2. A double major – filling the requirements of two complete majors. 
  3. A joint major – a sequence of courses drawn from two departments and advised and administered with the cooperation of both. 
  4. An interdepartmental major – an interdisciplinary program involving two or more departments or programs. 
  5. The Option for Personalized Education (OPEN) program offers an opportunity to design a major with the assistance of a faculty advisor. Participation in the OPEN program enables you to design an individualized major in accordance with your specific educational needs and goals.

Declaring Your Major

You can elect a major after completing 32 semester hours. You must declare a major by the time you have completed five semesters (80 semester hours) of full-time study. You will take a minimum of 28 semester hours in your major field, as determined by each department. Please note that some majors require prerequisite courses. 

The University’s programs also offer fieldwork or internships through which you may apply your knowledge and explore opportunities in a career field related to your area(s) of study. You can choose a single department major or a combination of majors. Information about course requirements for majors can be found in the Simmons University Undergraduate Course Catalog

Adding a Minor

A minor is an integrated group of courses designed to give you significant exposure to a subject area other than your major. This is different than the 3D Cluster part of the Simmons Plan. All minors are 20 credits (five courses). A minor is NOT required for graduation, but can be chosen to add an area of interest that complements and refines your major, that suggests a distinct area of concentration, or that expresses a particular passion or avocation. Information about course requirements for minors can be found in the catalog.