Gateway Course

Between classes in Rowe
In between classes in Rowe

Every semester we offer a one-credit course, UNIV 2600 Individualized Study Across Academic Disciplines, that serves as a “gateway” to the individualized major program. It is designed to promote the skills you need to create your own interdisciplinary major and provide a venue in which you can prepare your application.

Focusing on your own areas of interest, you will:

  • Explore the different ways in which academic knowledge can be organized, such as the traditional categories of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Identify the key features of the disciplines relevant to your major.
  • Develop a plan of study and statement of purpose.
  • Formulate strategies for integrating knowledge across disciplines.

You will explore these themes by analyzing TED Talks on such issues as the disappearance of bees, epidemics of urban violence, and the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

All students intending to apply to the Individualized Major Program should first meet with an Individualized Major Program advisor prior to enrolling in this course. It is open by permission number only. Please contact us for more information.