About the Individualized Major

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An individualized major is a self-designed, interdisciplinary major that allows you to create a program of study to fit your own specific interests. It is particularly appropriate if your interests cross disciplinary boundaries and are not met by an existing major at the University of Connecticut. The Individualized Major (IMJR) Program was established in 1974; since then more than 2000 students have graduated with a self-designed major. Some of the more common themes have been: international studies, health studies, criminal studies, film studies, and neuroscience. Some of the unique majors have been: environmental writing, social interaction and new media, and information ethics.

The Individualized Major Program is available to undergraduates in the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) or College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR). Acceptance into the Program is based on submission of a formal proposal, for approval by the Individualized Major Advisory and Admissions Committee.

Fast Facts

50-60 students graduates each year with an individualized major
90% of individualized majors engage in experiential learning (internship, study abroad, research)
30% graduate with honors (summa, magna & cum laude)

Here are three of the more unique major titles, drawn from our latest admissions round (April 2016):

  • Maritime Fisheries Management and Policy
  • Video Storytelling and Film
  • Plant Biotechnology

Useful Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
Catalog description of the Individualized Major (CLAS)
Catalog description of the Individualized Major (CAHNR)