To ensure that your proposal is considered this semester, you must submit it to the Curriculum Committee no later than 1 October!
This means you must confer with the SDM Coordinator at least a week before that—ideally by mid-September.
Dr. Ruth Feingold
Assistant Dean of the Core Curriculum and Academic Advising
Glendening Hall 234
Allison Minor combined coursework in Religious Studies, Political Science, and Arabic language — along with a year studying in Morocco —for her major in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
How Do You Design Your Own Major?
No later than fall semester of your sophomore year, begin speaking with professors whose teaching and research interests support the kind of major you are envisioning. If you are unsure which professors might be helpful to you, speak with the department chairs or cross-disciplinary coordinators whose curricula you are intending to draw from. You may also meet with the Coordinator of Student-Designed majors (currently Prof. Ruth Feingold) to discuss your ideas.
Your major program must include at least 48 credit-hours, chosen from at least three disciplines; it must also include an 8-credit St. Mary's Project (SMP). For more information on major requirements, as well as for a complete set of forms you will need, please download the Student-Designed Major Handbook, on the right.
Admission to the major is granted through the submission of a proposal to the college Curriculum Committee, which meets twice annually (in the middle of Fall and Spring semesters) to review proposals. In order to ensure a carefully planned and executed curriculum, students must submit their proposal before they have completed 56 credit-hours. Make sure you know the deadline for submission in the semester you're completing your proposal!
A completed major proposal requires:
- A narrative explanation of your proposed major;
- A proposed list of courses you will use to satisfy major requirements;
- The approval of two faculty members (from two different disciplines) who are willing to serve on your advisory committee;
- The approval of the Coordinator of Student-Designed majors.