Students with intellectual and professional interests that cannot be met by other major and minor programs may create an independent major. These majors are interdisciplinary in nature and are suitable for highly motivated students willing to assume exceptional responsibility for their own education. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and no more than 66 completed semester hours when applying.
Advice from the Director of General Studies may be helpful in designing an independent major. Details concerning final approval for an independent major may be obtained in the Office of the Director of General Studies (AVTL Belk Pavilion 117).
An Application for Independent Major, available from the Director of General Studies, must be completed before the student has earned 66 semester hours. This application also outlines the procedure to be followed for designing and declaring the independent major.
The independent major courses must come from at least three departments, and no more than half may be from any one department. Upper-level courses taken to satisfy the requirements of an independent major will also satisfy the 8-hour Advanced Studies requirement when the independent major includes at least 12 hours of upper-level courses in three departments and at least two of the four areas listed under Liberal Studies.
Students completing an independent major designating an advanced GST Seminar as the capstone seminar must take another GST Seminar to fulfill the General Studies requirements. No more than 4 semester hours of independent study may be included. This will usually be used for completion of the capstone interdisciplinary requirement.