AN INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR ADMINISTERED BY THE COORDINATOR OF STUDENT-DESIGNED MAJORS, KENT HALL 228.
The student-designed major is an interdisciplinary major that exemplifies the mission of a liberal arts education. It is available to students who wish to develop a more individualized program of study than those provided by existing majors. The student-designed major must be a coherent program of study that crosses disciplinary lines by combining courses from two to four disciplines. One of the major disciplines must be chosen as the primary discipline to provide a coherent focus for the major. In order to ensure curricular integrity, students who are interested in declaring a student designed major must declare by the time the student has completed 46 credit-hours. In planning the major, the student selects an advisory committee of two faculty members, one from the primary discipline and one from one of the secondary disciplines. The coordinator of student-designed majors also serves on the advisory committee. Admission is granted to the major through the submission of a proposal to the advisory committee for review and which will recommend the proposal for final approval to the curriculum committee.
If a student wishes to declare a student-designed major after the declaration deadline, the student must submit a petition to override the declaration deadline to the Academic Policy Committee. Transfer students should contact the coordinator of student-designed majors directly to establish a committee and a timeline for review by the advisory committee and curriculum committee of the proposal and admission to the major.
To earn a bachelor of arts degree with a student designed major, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- General College Requirements (see “Curriculum” section).
- Minimum of 44 credit-hours of course work for the major, chosen prior to acceptance to the program with approval from the advisory board and final approval from the curriculum committee.
- Courses chosen from at least two and not more than four disciplines. One of those “disciplines” can be an interdisciplinary major or minor (for example, Asian Studies).
- Five classes in the primary discipline, at least three classes at the upper level; and three classes at the upper level in the secondary disciplines are required. One course from primary discipline must be a methods or theory course, as applicable.
- To ensure integrity to the course plan for the major, the student must organize at least one meeting per year with the entire advisory board.
- A St. Mary’s Project of eight credit-hours
- Elective credits to complete the required total of 44 credit-hours.
- Students with a student-designed major must meet with and gain approval from the coordinator of the program during advising week in order to register for courses.
Internship credit-hours will not be applicable to the 44 required credit-hours.
Note: any students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits must have their student-designed major and course of study submitted to and approved by the SAA (Maryland Higher Education Commission, as the State Approving Agency) before certification to the VA.