Independent majors enable students to pursue unique and interdisciplinary academic goals.

When students have an academic interest that cannot be pursued adequately within an existing departmental major, minor, or certificate program, they may apply to the Independent Major Program. Eligibility requirements include: 

  • A strong overall academic record (including a 3.0 GPA)
  • A rigorous and coherent program of studies
  • The support of at least two faculty members

Examples of some recently completed independent majors include Linguistics, Cultural and Media Studies, and Epistemology, Cognition, and Intelligent Systems. Due to the highly individualized nature of independent major proposals, approved courses of study vary widely year to year. Students are encouraged to begin planning as early as possible 

Student Guide: Independent Major Proposal Process