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Combining programs

How to mix English with another field of study

A Bachelor of Science with a second major in English? You can do that at Dalhousie. It might surprise you to discover that you can combine completely different fields of study into one degree.

There are a variety of ways to combine a major in English with many other academic programs. It’s no more difficult than doing a regular English degree, and provides you with a formidable combination of two skill sets to take into the job market.

Combinations to consider:


Bachelor of Arts

Double major or combined honours: As part of a double major or combined honours program, English can be combined with most other Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science subjects. 

Minors: There are also a number of minor programs that can be combined with English through the Bachelor of Arts program: Business, Community Design, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Health Studies, Journalism Studies, Law and Society, Management, and programs from the neighbouring University of King’s College such as Journalism Studies.

Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Arts students can complete a Bachelor of Engineering degree concurrently with their arts program. Students in this program complete the equivalent of a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Engineering in a period of five to six calendar years, depending on whether or not a co-op program is selected for Engineering.

Bachelor of Science

In the Bachelor of Science program, English can be combined with most of the Science major or honours subjects, provided a larger number of credits is taken in the Science subject.

Student stories

Experience the best of both worlds
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Jackie Nguyen is still committed to becoming a doctor – even after she fell in love with studying English in her first year literature class. She loves how taking English courses complements her scientific mind. She even stayed an extra year at Dalhousie to complete her combined honours degree in Biology and English.

“It’s such a different way of thinking. Studying English and Biology is like having the best of both worlds. There’s so much growth that you can get taking an arts degree.”