Independent Major

2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

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.

Contact the Coordinator of the Independent Major for advice about designing an independent major and details concerning the approval process.

An independent major requires the following:

An Application for Independent Major, available from the Coordinator of the Independent Major, 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.

  1. An interdisciplinary committee of three professors, including one designated as the principle advisor, must be assembled.
  2. A curriculum must be designed with help from the committee. This curriculum must include:
  3. Completion of the General Studies requirements
  4. An independent major including:
    • a minimum of 48 semester hours
    • a minimum of 28 semester hours at the 300-400 level
    • a capstone seminar
    • a capstone interdisciplinary project

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 the Studies in the Arts and Sciences.

Students completing an independent major designating a GST Seminar as the capstone course must take another GST Seminar to fulfill the General Studies requirement. No more than 4 semester hours of independent study may be included. This will usually be used for completion of the capstone interdisciplinary requirement.