UMass Lowell defines an area of study at the undergraduate level as a degree, major, concentration/option within a major, minor, and certificate. Limits on the number of areas of study are designed to promote degree completion. A student may claim multiple areas of study with permission from the appropriate department personnel and with the following restrictions:
Students requesting an exception to this policy must submit an Academic Petition. Exceptions will be granted only with the approval of the degree major faculty advisor, department chairperson, and college academic dean.