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Independent Major

In the College of Arts & Sciences, you can choose one of the established majors or apply to develop your own through the independent major program. While independent majors involve interdisciplinary work, many established majors within Arts & Sciences also involve studies in various fields. So be sure to do your research before deciding that your interests do not fit comfortably into an existing department or major. If you decide to pursue an independent major, you’ll work with the director and faculty in your areas of interest to develop and then refine your proposal, which will be reviewed by a board of faculty members.

Some recent independent major projects have included:

  • Computing, Cognition & Aesthetics: Courses in computer science, psychology, history of art, cognitive studies and information science
  • Latin American History and Literature: Spanish, history, government, Romance studies and anthropology
  • Space Policy: Astronomy, earth and atmospheric sciences, physics, policy analysis and management and government
  • Cultural Food Studies: Anthropology, psychology, food science, hotel administration and science and technology studies
  • The Politics and Law of Environmental Issues: History, government, science and technology studies, applied economics and management, natural resources, biology and society and biology
  • Biological Illustration: Biology, art history and drawing