To pursue an individualized major, you must submit a proposal, which includes:
Please see the other pages in this section of the website (links above) for more information on each section of the proposal.
If you are a freshman, sophomore or first-semester junior, we strongly recommend that you enroll in our gateway course, UNIV 2600 Individualized Study Across Academic Disciplines. This course will guide you through the application process and introduce you to some principles of interdisciplinary thinking. Otherwise, we recommend that you meet with an academic advisor (Michael Cunningham or Monica van Beusekom) at least two or three times as you prepare your proposal. You will also consult with three faculty advisors who have expertise in the areas of study you plan to include in your major. Together, we can help you formulate a successful application.
How do I apply?
You will need to drop off the following documents at the Enrichment Programs front desk in Rowe 419 by 4:00 pm on the deadline date:
If you are planning a double major or additional degree, you will need two additional documents:
- Double Major or Additional Degree Worksheet
- Double Major Declaration Form or Additional Degree Petition
When should I apply?
You may apply to the IMJR program once you have completed 30 credits or have achieved third semester status. The latest you may submit a proposal is prior to registration for your final 30 credits of study. We encourage you to meet with an advisor (Michael Cunningham or Monica van Beusekom) as early as possible to discuss your idea for an IMJR. You can make an appointment using AdvApp (we are listed under “Enrichment Programs”).
What are the criteria for admission?
The Individualized Major Advisory and Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty from CLAS and CAHNR, with representatives from ACES, the School of Business, and the School of Education, makes the admissions decisions. In evaluating an application, the committee will consider two broad criteria:
- Academic standing. You must be in “good standing” and have a GPA of 2.0 (CLAS) or a GPA of 2.5 (CAHNR) in order to apply to the Individualized Major Program. To graduate with an individualized major (in both CLAS and CAHNR), you must achieve a major GPA of 2.5. Therefore the Committee will consider whether you are likely to meet the GPA requirement for graduation.
- Coherence and feasibility of the proposed major. The committee will evaluate whether the major theme (as presented in your statement of purpose) and plan of study form a cohesive and conceptually-sound degree. It will also evaluate the academic rigor of the major, to make sure that it is on par with other majors at the university, and evaluate whether it can be completed as planned.