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Proposing a Student-Designed Major
In certain circumstances, a student may design and propose an interdisciplinary liberal arts major. A student-designed major must be comparable in academic rigor and integrity to a conventional major and must offer sufficient depth in a subject area. The major must also be cohesive and integrated.
Identify two faculty members in important areas of your planned major who recommend the proposal and are willing to serve as your major advisors. In consultation with both of these advisors, prepare a cohesive proposal that includes a culminating project. You may not propose a student-designed major as a second major, although you may complete one or two minors or specializations in addition to your student-designed major.
Sophomore year: *

By February 1: Identify and meet with two advisors to plan the major and complete the proposal. Both advisors must be full-time tenure track members of the Agnes Scott faculty.

By March 1: Email the proposal and an unofficial transcript to the Associate Dean of the College, cc-ing the two advisors for the proposed major and your current academic advisor. The Associate Dean reviews the proposal to make sure it fulfills proposal requirements before forwarding it to the chair of the Curriculum Committee.
March 15: The Curriculum Committee begins reviewing proposals, evaluating the feasibility, coherency, and rigor of the course of study. The chair of the committee alerts the student, the current advisor, and the two proposed advisors of the outcome: accepted, rejected, or advised to revise and resubmit. You are not a student-designed major until officially notified by the chair of the Curriculum Committee.
Junior and Senior Years:

Each semester, after registering for courses for the next semester, complete the Progress Towards Completion of a Student-Designed Major form. Review this progress report with both major advisors.

After course selection for the final semester (by Nov. 15 for students graduating in May), send all of your Progress Towards Completion of a Student-Designed Major forms to the chair of the Curriculum Committee. This self-reporting process is in lieu of a course listing on degree audit.

ASC ID:      


ASC Box:      


Current (Summit) Advisor:      

Proposed Major:      

Anticipated Program Completion Date:      

Primary Proposed Major Advisor:      

Name, Title, Department, Specialization relevant to proposed major

Secondary Proposed Major Advisor:      

Name, Title, Department, Specialization relevant to proposed major

I have met with the two advisors for my proposed major to discuss its program of study, and both advisors have read and approve all components of this application.
I am not proposing this student-designed major as a second major.
I give permission for my application to be shared as an example if successful.
Please describe the proposed interdisciplinary major in 300 words or less.

What skills and knowledge will you have acquired upon completion of this major? Provide a bulleted list of specific outcomes drawing from this chart* of learning outcome verbs. For examples, consult the list of outcomes for one of the following majors, as listed in the Agnes Scott Academic Catalog*: Africana Studies, International Relations, Neuroscience.

Explain why you cannot achieve these aims through a combination of Agnes Scott’s existing majors, minors, and specializations.

Please describe at least one similar major at another accredited college or university, and include a hyperlink to the online description of this major.


List the courses required for the proposed major.

You must include:

  • Minimum 32 credits, suggested maximum 56-61 credits

  • A minimum of 16 credits must be taken at Agnes Scott

  • No 100-level courses

  • A progression to upper-level courses

  • A 400-level capstone course

  • Sufficient alternate courses (especially for non-ASC courses) to ensure completion of the major. Mark alternate courses with an X in the ALT column.


Course #

Course title



Explain the rationale for any alternate courses.      

Signature, date


** Transfer students should begin the process by September 1 and submit the application by November 1 of the junior year.



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