DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAM
Students accepted to both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music pursue a degree in each division. Oberlin's encouragement of such study--and the close proximity of all campus buildings--make Oberlin a uniquely effective environment for study involving both music and the liberal arts.
Students not currently enrolled at Oberlin enter the double-degree program by applying for admission to each division separately. Students currently enrolled in one division may apply for admission to the other division.
Double-degree students are awarded the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) degree from the Conservatory of Music upon completion of their study. A double-degree student may not pursue a Bachelor of Arts in music. Normally both degrees are completed in the same semester. A double-degree student may elect to graduate from each division in different semesters; however, to do so, the requirements for the first degree as a single-degree must be met. Refer to the Arts and Sciences or the Conservatory of Music portions of this Catalog for the single-degree requirements.
A student pursuing majors in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music must earn a minimum of 152 hours of course credit. In addition, he or she must complete institutional requirements as well as course and non-course requirements for a major in each division.
All students--Arts and Sciences, Conservatory of Music, and Double-Degree--are responsible for compliance with the institutional graduation requirements stated in the Oberlin College Course Catalog in effect when they first matriculate at Oberlin, unless action by an appropriate faculty body specifically directs otherwise. See the following section on Major Study for regulations concerning majors.
Five semesters in residence at Oberlin or on Oberlin College programs are required. Further, the Conservatory degree requires that at least 24 of the last 30 required credit hours must be earned in residence at Oberlin.
Normally double-degree students complete both degrees at the same time. However, under certain circumstances, a student may request permission to finish degree requirements off campus according to the following procedures.
Double-degree students must reconcile different policies about off-campus study between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory. Therefore, they should carefully consult the "General Information" section of the catalog where specific provisions are presented under "Enrollment and Registration."
The Conservatory and the College of Arts Sciences have different requirements regarding declaring a major as described below.
Students with majors in both divisions must be aware of the requirements which apply to each major, as stated in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Conservatory of Music sections of this catalog. Much that the double-degree student needs to know is not included in this section of the catalog but in the other two sections. The double-degree student must meet every requirement for each major in the two divisions, as outlined fully in those sections of the catalog.
Students admitted to both divisions are assigned advisors as follows. For a Conservatory performance major, the principal applied study teacher is the student's faculty advisor. For all other Conservatory majors, a faculty member from the major department or program is assigned as advisor. For the College of Arts and Sciences, students are initially assigned faculty advisors, usually in the areas of their possible majors. When the student officially declares the major, an appropriate Arts and Sciences advisor is chosen. Whenever possible, advisors are selected who have a particular interest in and knowledge of the concerns of the double-degree student.
The individual policies of each division apply for double-degree students, that is, the student follows the policy of that division in which the course is taught. These policies are described in appropriate sections of this catalog. Educational incompletes are available to double-degree students only in courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. For emergency incompletes, double-degree students must apply to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences courses, and in the Conservatory to the Associate Dean.