Interdisciplinary Programs and
The special major provides
students with an opportunity to design unique courses of study leading
to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. When your
academic or professional goals are not adequately accommodated by
standard university programs, the special major can meet your needs
by allowing you to specialize in a field of study which is not offered
as a major program by the university.
Bachelor of Arts or Science Programs
Students interested in the special major are encouraged to discuss their
plans with the Coordinator of Special Majors and with faculty members in
the areas related to their interests. It is expected that for many students
such discussions will lead to the identification of standard university
programs which will satisfy their academic and professional goals. However,
others will find it beneficial to pursue a special major that satisfies
their particular needs. The special major is a rigorous interdisciplinary
program that is designed to meet individual needs.
Students who wish to pursue a special major should prepare a proposal,
in consultation with proposed faculty sponsors, for consideration by a
university committee charged with overview of the special major program.
Upon approval of the proposal, the students major will become special
major. Students who have declared a special major are required to satisfy
all requirements for the awarding of the bachelors degree, including the
General Education requirement.
Master of Arts or Science Programs
A Master of Arts (MA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary
Studies are available through the Office of Graduate Programs. See
Education section in The University Catalog.
Since special majors are unique programs structured to suit particular
educational needs, the objectives of the specific programs vary considerably.
The majority of students who develop a special major have definite occupational
goals, while others pursue intellectual interests which have little or
no direct application to occupational pursuits. The special major provides
students the opportunity to secure knowledge and skills necessary in the
performance of specific occupations or academic fields of study in which
the university does not have an approved degree program. Through this avenue,
students have the opportunity to satisfy their unique occupational and
intellectual pursuits, while drawing upon the faculty and other resources
of the university.