Dietrich College Student-Defined Major Program
Director: Dr. Joseph Devine, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Office: Baker Hall 154
The Dietrich College Student-Defined Program is intended for students whose academic goals cannot be as adequately served by the curricula of existing Dietrich College majors or minors as they can by a student-defined alternative. Dietrich College student-defined options are possible as primary majors, additional majors or minors.
Proposal and Approval Process
The procedure for establishing such a major or minor centers on a written proposal that makes the case for the proposed program's coherence, viability and suitability as a Dietrich College Student-Defined Program.
Ideally, proposals should be developed in the late freshman or sophomore years. Approved self-defined majors or minors should begin their programs in the sophomore or junior years.
Proposals must be approved at least one academic year prior to the student’s expected graduation date.
Proposals must be approved by the college’s Student-Defined Program director, as well as by a subset of faculty and administrators identified through the proposal process as relevant experts and stakeholders in the proposed program.
Once approved by the college, final approval comes from the Provost’s Office.
Monitoring Progress and Graduation Requirements
The Student-Defined Program director, in partnership with faculty and college content experts, will monitor each student’s progress through the self-defined program.
The Student-Defined Program director will certify successful completion of the program for graduation purposes.
For student-defined additional majors and minors, the program director will inform the student’s primary major and college of the completion of the student-defined additional major or minor.
Dietrich College student-defined primary majors are invited to a special commencement diploma ceremony for student-defined primary majors.
College affiliation and college requirements
For Dietrich College student-defined primary majors:
The home college will be Dietrich College.
If a student approved for a Dietrich College Student-Defined primary major is not yet a Dietrich College student, he or she must take the additional step of applying for internal transfer into Dietrich College.
All Dietrich College students pursuing student-defined primary majors must complete the college’s general education requirements.
Upon completion of the approved program, the student receives a degree with the major indicated as “student-defined.”
For Dietrich College student-defined additional majors or minors:
- If the student-defined program is for an additional major, or a minor, the student's primary major and college affiliation is not affected.