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.
Dr. Ruth Feingold
Coordinator of the Student-Designed Major
Associate Dean of Academic Services
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.
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:
- Five classes in the primary discipline, at least three of which must be upper division;
- Three additional upper-division classes, chosen from among the secondary disciplines;
- At least one methods or theory course, as applicable, preferably chosen from the primary discipline;
- A St. Mary's Project of eight credit-hours;
- 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.