Double-majoring in college or university is no small feat, and it’s important to showcase it properly on your resume so that you can stand out from the rest.
If you hold a college or university degree, it’s considered good practice to list your major or concentration along with the rest of your educational qualifications on your resume, since it helps employers get a quick idea of your strengths, background, and area of expertise.
For the majority of us who studied a single major in undergrad, that’s simple enough to understand. But what if you double majored in school?
After all, double-majoring is an impressive accomplishment that signals to others your strong work ethic, dedication to excellence, and commitment to going above and beyond — so you want to make sure the way it’s detailed on your resume does it justice.
In this article, we provide tips and pointers on how to list a double major on your resume so that it can attract the attention of prospective employers.
Should you include a double major?
Yes, you should! If you included a double major, definitely include it in your resume — and this goes double (no pun intended) if the job you’re applying for seeks expertise from both your majors.
How to list your double major
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to list your double major on your resume, along with dos, don’ts, and things to watch out for.
- Create a separate section in your resume exclusively for your educational qualifications.
- In this section, list your education in reverse-chronological order, beginning with your most recent degree. Alternatively, you can begin by listing your highest credential first.
On a single line, list the school you attended and your graduation date (or expected graduation date, for current studies) in bold font, like so:
Below that line, include your degree (e.g., Bachelor of Engineering) and your major (e.g., Computer Science) or double major (e.g., Double major: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering). If it doesn’t all fit on one line, you can include your degree and major(s) in the line below.
- If you’re listing a double major, you can include a line that begins with “Majors:” or “Double Majors:”, like in the example above.
- Which major should you list first? Good question — list either your primary major or the one that’s most relevant to the position you’re applying for first.
- Note: don’t list your degree twice when showcasing a double major, since that implies that they are two separate degrees.
If you do have two degrees — commonly known as a dual degree — then you should list them on separate lines. In general, double majors go on a single line; dual degrees go on two.
You can also include minors, as long as they’re relevant to the job that you’re applying for.
Listing other items
You can also consider listing awards and accomplishments, honors, publications, projects, certifications, or relevant coursework — especially if you don’t have much work experience, or if any of these other items are particularly relevant to the position. However, you should only list coursework if you are a recent graduate. Once you have had full-time work experience, this is no longer necessary.
On the other hand, if your degree is the most recent or relevant experience/qualification you have, you can consider moving your education section to the top of your resume, so that employers will see it first.
Note: you can also include awards in a separate section of your resume
Frequently Asked Questions
If I did a double major, which major should I list first?
Either list your primary major (the one you did the most coursework for), or the major most relevant to the position you’re applying for first.
What’s the difference between a dual degree and a double major?
A double major is a single degree in two areas of concentration (e.g., a Bachelor of Engineering with a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering). A dual degree is two separate degrees in two distinct fields (e.g., a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art). You can find more information on this topic here.
What if I have a triple major?
List it like you would a double major — on a single line below the line specifying your degree, except prefaced by “Triple Major:” instead of “Double Major”. Example below:
How do I list a double major on LinkedIn?
List your double major on LinkedIn by following these steps:
- Navigate to your Education section on LinkedIn, then click the pencil icon to the right of your existing listings.
- In the dialogue box that appears, navigate to the “Field of Study” field, then enter both your majors, separated either by a comma or the word “and”.
You can also find more guidance for listing a double major on your LinkedIn profile here.
When should I list coursework on my resume?
List coursework only if you’re a recent graduate. You can remove that section once you’ve secured full-time post-graduate employment.
Can I list awards, publications, or certifications on my resume?
Definitely — as long as they’re relevant to the position you’re applying for. For example, if you co-authored a paper published in a top microbiology journal, you should absolutely list that on your resume for any applications you send out to research and development-related positions.
You list so many different examples, and it’s very confusing. Which variant is the best?
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