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Courses and Degree Requirements for the Individualized Major

The following is projected for students entering the university in 2019-20 and is subject to change.

To graduate with an Individualized Major, students must successfully complete all general requirements for the bachelor’s degree and 48 credits of coursework as follows:

  • At least 16 credits from one area, and preferably one major.
  • At least 24 credits at the 300 level or above.
  • IM 400 Individualized Major Senior Project, or the senior project from the department of one’s concentration. (4-12 credits).

Up to 24 transfer credits and 16 credits of internships may apply to the major.

The Individualized Major proposal must be approved by the semester in which a student has 90 course credits. After that time students will qualify for a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, but not a BA or BS with an Individualized Major. Transfer students with 90 credits must have their proposal approved by the end of their first semester of classes.

Courses

During this course, students evaluate different options for their senior project. They may do preliminary research and writing on their subject, and receive mentoring and feedback on their proposal. Topics include: how to generate ideas, prewriting strategies, research resources, and strategies. (2–4 credits) Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor
This course offers practical work experience related to a student’s individualized major. Students propose an internship with a company or organization and work with an on-site supervisor. They check in with a faculty advisor at least once a week and maintain a journal, blog or online portfolio that records their growth in understanding and experience. At the end of the internship, they submit a paper describing the impact of the internship on their career path. (4 credits)
This self-designed capstone course, normally two blocks, integrates the knowledge gained during the student’s individualized major. Students will design or research an innovative product or program related to their individualized major, and present the results of their project to other students and faculty. (4–8 credits) Prerequisite: Approval of faculty