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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

Special University Programs

Student-Designed Majors

Under special circumstances, students may design their own majors. This option is offered for highly motivated and self-disciplined students who seek a course of study that is not available through existing programs at the University. It allows students, with the close supervision of faculty members, to cross department and college lines and to create educational experiences on and off campus as part of individual programs of study.

Student-designed majors are administered by a committee of elected faculty that operates through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students who want to design their own majors are expected to give the committee evidence of careful thought and planning in a proposal submitted on or before October 15 during the student’s junior year. The committee will convene soon after October 15 to review the proposals.

Submissions after this deadline are strongly discouraged, but if an application is late for reasons beyond the student’s control, the SDM Committee may review the application on a case-by-case basis.

Proposal guidelines are available in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and on the Academic Affairs Web site, Click on “Undergraduate Students.”

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