Contract Major


BA - Program Requirements

Mission Statement 

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.

Generally 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/Division 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 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 hours

  • The Contract – 42+ hours
  • The Capstone Project – 3 hours

Exit Assessment

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.

If the student intends to use the Capstone project to fulfill one or more Mastery level general education requirements, the advisor and the student must submit the course to the General Education Committee for consideration, following the procedure for the approval of Special Topics courses.  Approval needs to be sought at least one semester in advance.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Students 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 this requirement.