Submission Deadline!

The deadline for Fall submissions is past.

To ensure that your proposal is considered in Spring semester, you must submit it no later than 1 March!

This means you must confer with the SDM Coordinator at least a week before that—ideally by mid-February.

Contact information

Dr. Ruth Feingold
Coordinator of the Student-Designed Major
Associate Dean of Academic Services
Glendening Hall 234

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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.

Degree Requirements for the Major

To earn a bachelor of arts degree with a student designed major, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

A. General College Requirements (see "Curriculum" section).

B. A minimum of 48 credit-hours of course work for the major, chosen from at least three disciplines. One of these "disciplines" can be a recognized Cross Disciplinary Study Area.

The 48 hours of coursework must include:

  1. Five classes in the primary discipline, at least three of which must be upper division;
  2. Three additional upper-division classes, chosen from among the secondary disciplines;
  3. At least one methods or theory course, as applicable, preferably chosen from the primary discipline;
  4. A St. Mary's Project of eight credit-hours;
  5. Elective credits to complete the required total of 48 credit-hours.

C. No more than four hours of internship credit and four hours of Independent Study may be counted towards the major.

D. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in each course counted towards the major, and maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in these courses.

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.