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 allows a student to set his or her
own program which, after approval by Academic Unit Chairs/
Directors from the areas of study and by the Academic Affairs
Council, becomes that student's individualized graduation
requirement. The Contract must incorporate at least two but no more
than three discrete areas of study with a minimum of 15 credits in
each. Up to 12 credits from general education may be incorporated
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.
A. General Education
Requirements: 36-47 hours
B. Major Requirements:
- The Contract - 42 hours*
- The Capstone Project - 3 hours
C. General Electives:
Note: In addition to a
major, a student may select a minor. Courses taken for a minor
reduce the number of general electives a student must take.
Note: The major may
provide fewer than 39 hours of 3000-4000 level course work,
therefore any remaining 3000-4000 level hours will need to come
from a minor, liberal arts elective studies in depth, and/or
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 predominant discipline.
TOTAL: 128 credit