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 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.
- The Individualized Major Program was established in 1974.
- Since then, more than 2000 students have graduated with an individualized major.
- 50-60 students graduate 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).
- The most common individualized major themes include international studies and health studies.
- Existing minors are often a starting point for majors, for example: Neuroscience, Public Policy, Religion, American Sign Language.
- Many different kinds of majors are possible. Here are three examples drawn from our latest admissions round (April 2016):
- Maritime Fisheries Management and Policy
- Video Storytelling and Film
- Plant Biotechnology