An individualized course of study allows students to market themselves as “entrepreneurs and self-starters.” “If you have a company or nonprofit, you are looking for employees who have an interesting collection of skills and who can shift gears quickly between tasks, and individualized majors often fit the bill. Particularly in a tough economy, employers are trying to make sure that they get a bang for their buck, and they want versatile employees.”
— Trudy G. Steinfeld, executive director, New York University’s WassermanCenter for Career Development, as quoted in “Newly CustomizedMajors Suit Students with Passions All Their Own,” The Chronicleof Higher Education, September 5, 2010
The self-designed major enables highly motivated nontraditional students to pursue a unique program of study for compelling professional or academic reasons. The self-designed major must be multidisciplinary, including courses from more than two departments or schools. It must have the same academic quality as existing College of General Studies majors, and it must be substantially different from current College of General Studies majors.
A minimum total of 120 credits is required for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in self-designed studies. Of this total, the major consists of at least 36 credits (12 approved courses). Eighteen of the 36 approved credits that constitute the central theme must be at the 1000 level. The remaining credits for the degree are outlined on the Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree information sheet.
A College of General Studies faculty committee grants approval for all self-designed major proposals. Students considering this major should schedule an appointment with an advisor.
The College of General Studies faculty committee will grant final approval of the major in a letter to the faculty sponsor, the associate dean of the College of General Studies, and the student. Any changes to the major must have approval from the dean.
Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.
An internship program is available through the College of General Studies. Please see your advisor for additional information.