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How to Create an Individualized Major

If no major offered at MUM satisfies a student’s interests and career goals, they may propose an Individualized Major composed of courses from two or more majors. Standards for the Individualized Major are given below:

Individualized Major Standards

Students will complete an application for the major by the end of their third semester at MUM (or the equivalent for transfer students).

Students interested in the program should first contact the Program Director for an initial discussion and detailed guidelines. The final proposal for each student’s individualized major must be approved by the University’s Individualized Major Committee.

Length

Students will consult with two subject-area faculty to design a major of at least 48 credits, with one concentration of at least 16 credits taken from one major. At least half of the courses in the major should be at the 300-level or above. Eight credits of directed studies and eight credits of internships are permitted over and above the Senior Project (described below).

Faculty Supervision

Students may propose an Individualized Major on any subject that permits coherent, in-depth study using resources available through MUM, and that does not duplicate an existing program.

Two subject-area faculty members from different departments will approve the proposal and advise the student throughout the program. One faculty member should be from the concentration. If there is no one on MUM faculty with sufficient expertise, students will need to find someone with recognized expertise in this field to serve as an advisor.

Foresight

Students’ proposals must be approved by the Individualized Major Committee after at least 20 credits of the general education requirements have been met and before half of the proposed major courses have been taken. Applicants should have at least a “B” (3.0) average in their MUM coursework to date.

Coherence

The plan must be organized around a central theme and be substantial enough in content to meet the aims of college study. It should also include a theme from Maharishi’s Science of Consciousness, connecting the interdisciplinary theme to life as a whole.

Range of Knowledge

The plan should provide for:

  • A foundation of skills, concepts, and methods appropriate to the proposed area of study,
  • Study of leading thinkers in the field,
  • A planned opportunity to apply one’s knowledge and skills to real world problems and issues or to complete a substantial research project
  • Knowledge of Science of Consciousness relevant to the theme.

Senior Project

The major includes an integrative project to be completed in a two-block Senior Project. The project may take any form, including laboratory, field, empirical research, essay or research paper, performance, panel, public presentation, community program, or web site, among others.

Projects must be supported by independent research and a bibliography of works cited. They also must include a section relating the project to the Science of Consciousness. All performance and media projects must include a written rationale, criteria for evaluation, and a self-evaluation at the end according to the criteria.

Reporting

In addition to working with the subject-area advisors, students are required to meet personally or by phone with the Director of the Individualized Major Program once every three months to report progress.

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