Submission Deadline!

The deadline for Fall submissions is past.

To ensure that your proposal is considered in Spring semester, you must submit it no later than 1 March!

This means you must confer with the SDM Coordinator at least a week before that—ideally by mid-February.

Contact information

Dr. Ruth Feingold
Coordinator of the Student-Designed Major
Associate Dean of Academic Services
Glendening Hall 234

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Allison Minor combined coursework in Religious Studies, Political Science, and Arabic language — along with a year studying in Morocco —for her major in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.


Would you like to design your own major?

A student-designed major can be a great way to build bridges between disciplines, appealing to a student's own interests by making connections in a meaningful, academically rigorous fashion. Many students develop their own majors as offshoots of established cross-disciplinary programs, such as Environmental Studies. Neuroscience, or Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Others range farther afield. In recent years, some majors have included:

Psychology, Media, and Marketing
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Translation Studies
Interaction Design
Social Justice & Social Change
Public Health
Central and Eastern European Studies
Archaeology and the Ancient World
International Relations
African Studies
Cultural Studies
Studies in Adolescence