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Individualized Major Overview

The Individualized Major allows students to create a self-designed interdisciplinary plan of study, which consists of courses from two or more disciplines and results in a B.A. or B.S. degree. The self-designed plan of study allows the student to take courses in areas that naturally complement each other in today's workplace. Individualized majors also develop a strong educational base in at least one subject to facilitate entrance into graduate programs.

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Goals of an Individualized Major

  • Enhance the student's ability to integrate methods and content from two or more academic disciplines
  • Enable students to design a major to fulfill their professional and intellectual interests
  • Facilitate articulation of associate degree programs for community college transfer students to graduate from Eastern in four years

An Individualized Major consists of at least 36 credits, a majority at the 300-level or higher, taken in two or more disciplines. At least 18 of the 36 credits shall come from one discipline and consist of courses designed for departmental majors.

Students may apply no more than six credits of Independent Study/Internships/ Field Placement coursework towards the 36 credits in the major. The Independent Study should be directly related to and reflecting the interdisciplinary theme of the proposed plan of study.

Students who choose to develop an Individualized Major must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 to apply for the Individualized Major and must obtain a minimum grade of C in courses counted towards the major.

Students completing an Individualized Major receive either a B.A. or a B.S., which will appear on the student's transcript as "B.S. (or B.A.) - Individualized Major in (NAME OF MAJOR).”

The discipline in which the student proposes to take the most credits in his/her plan of study decides whether the student receives a B.S. or B.A. and indicates from which school the student will receive the degree. The discipline also acts as the "home department" for the student. The responsibility of fulfilling graduation requirements rests with the student, who must follow all University guidelines for degree applications and graduation.

For inquiries and questions about how to get started please contact:

Chair, Individualized Major Committee
Robert Greene
FAIC, Rm. 306
(860) 465-5133