The Contract Major allows students to pursue multi-disciplinary
studies of their choosing to construct their personal and
individualized major by combining two or three areas of study.
Developed in the freshman or sophomore year by working closely
with an advisor, the Contract Major allows a student to set his or
her own program which, after approval by Academic Unit/Divisiion
Chairs/Directors from the areas of study and by the Academic
Affairs Council, becomes that student's individualized graduation
The Contract must incorporate at least two but no more than
three discrete areas of study with a minimum of 15 credit hours in
each. At least 12 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level must be
included in the Contract.
The program concludes with an independent Capstone project
(e.g., a paper or thesis, creative exhibit or performance, research
project) that is to be included in the 39-hour 3000-4000 level
credit hour requirement.
Program Requirements: Minimum 45
- The Contract -- 42+ hours*
- The Capstone Project -- 3 hours
The Capstone project is proposed in the
first semester of the senior year and takes place in the final
semester. It must integrate and show the relatedness of the
areas in the Contract. Students register for the capstone
course as a Directed Study, 4DS3, using the prefix of the
Some courses taken for the major may simultaneously fulfill
general education requirements. Please see the Graduation
Requirements (bachelor's degrees) section of this catalog for
information on the general education program.
should note that the Contract Major may provide fewer than the
required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students
will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet