The independent major is designed for students who would like to focus their attention in a specific area of study not currently offered by the university. Independent major programs are designed individually by students, in consultation with a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. Therefore, the curriculum for this major will vary by student. All independent majors must meet the following criteria:
- The major must consist of a minimum of 30 credits (may include some courses already completed).
- No fewer than 24 of the 30 credits must be at the 300 level or above. Note: CAS 420 does not count.
- The preponderance of courses must be offered by departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- The major plan must include a final assessment, which can take the form of a class or a project. This assessment must be appropriate for a College of Arts and Sciences major. The final assessment plan must be submitted by the second half of the junior year, and the assessment itself must be evaluated by the student’s committee at the end of the senior year.
- All University Curriculum requirements must be completed, outside the major.
- All College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements must be completed, outside the major.
- Any minor requirements must be completed outside the major.