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Independently Designed Major

Students who wish to pursue a major other than an existing disciplinary or interdisciplinary major may propose an Independently Designed Major (IDM). This option for a major requires considerable initiative and self-discipline from students who elect it. Students pursuing the Independently Designed Major must have the independence to work outside the support and curricular framework ordinarily provided by established departments and programs. The Independently Designed Major is fundamentally interdisciplinary. The course of study within this major must be supported and approved by two faculty sponsors from two different departments/programs. It permits students working with a Major Advisor and Associate Advisor from different departments/programs to design special interdisciplinary concentrations according to particular interests and needs.

Note: IDM applications involving English faculty supervision will have to be approved by the entire department before they are submitted to the Dean’s Advisory Committee for final approval.