About the Individualized Major

An individualized major (IMJR) is a self-designed, interdisciplinary major that allows you to create a program of study to fit your own specific interests. It is appropriate for students whose 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 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) or College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR). Acceptance into the Program is based on submission of an application, for approval by the Individualized Major Advisory and Admissions Committee.

IMJR Facts

  • The Individualized Major Program was established in 1974.
  • Since then, more than 2400 students have graduated with an individualized major.
  • About 60 students graduate each year with an individualized major.
  • About 90% of individualized majors engage in experiential learning (internship, study abroad, research).
  • About 30% graduate with honors (summa, magna & cum laude).
  • The most common individualized major themes include health and international studies.
  • Existing minors are often a starting point for majors, for example: Neuroscience, Film Studies, Crime and Justice, or Global Studies.
  • Many different kinds of majors are possible. Recent examples include:
    • Environmental Health
    • Biochemistry
    • Fisheries Management and Policy
    • Persuasive Writing and Storytelling
    • Agricultural Education and Outreach
    • Geoscience Communication and Visual Media
    • Rights, Health, and Refugees

Useful Resources

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