2015-16 Catalogs

Self-Designed Major Programs Overview

The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS) has put this program and future applications for both the individual and group contract majors on hold indefinitely.  Only the Social Science self-designed major will accept new majors.

The self-designed major program allows students to receive a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. This program offers many opportunities for students to study traditional subjects as well as new fields of inquiry that the University does not offer through existing departments. The multidisciplinary format of self-designed majors allows students the flexibility of pursuing their educational interests in a topical or thematic context rather than through an established discipline.

There are two types of self-designed major programs: (a) individual contract and (b) group contract programs. Students may work for a self-designed major degree through either type of program. All programs are approved and administered by the Self-Designed Major Committee.

A. Individual Contract Programs

The individual self-designed major allows the student to design a multidisciplinary program not available through a department major or a group contract program. The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS) has put this program on hold indefinitely.

B. Group Contract Programs

Group contract programs are coherent multidisciplinary studies representing fields of interest that have developed over the years at USM. USM currently offers the following group contract program:

  • Social Science

Students interested in the group contract program should contact the coordinator of that group contract for more information.