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Self-Designed Major


The Self-Designed Major program is run by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty, listed here. Students contemplating designing their own majors are encouraged to talk to any member of the committee about the procedures for application to the program, to brainstorm appropriate foci for their studies, or to recommend faculty advisors.

A student with a major of his or her own design, like all other students at the College, must have an academic advisor in the major.  The academic advisor need not be a faculty member on the Program Committee, in fact, it usually will not be, but rather, a faculty member with specific expertise in the area of the proposed major, and interest in working with the student intensively on it

  • Janet McCracken
    Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Self-Designed Major, Chair of Classical Studies, Chair of Social Justice Studies, Director of the Ethics Center

    Areas of Study:  aesthetics, history of philosophy, gender studies, film

  • Dawn Abt-Perkins
    Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Success, Professor of Education, Chair of Self-Designed Major, Chair of College Studies

    Areas of Study: secondary and multicultural education