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Individually Designed Programs


2010-2012 Catalog

Individually Designed Programs

Individually Designed Major options Top of Page

The Individually Designed Major offers an option for 1) students whose educational objectives cannot adequately be realized through an existing academic program, or 2) students who live far from campus.  

Individually Designed Major Option for On-Campus Students Top of Page

On-campus students who have a unique need for a major, and whose needs cannot be met by an existing on-campus program, have the option of developing an Individually Designed Major. This is done with timely advice and guidance from the student's advisor and in close consultation with a specially appointed advisory panel consisting of at least the student's advisor and two faculty members representing disciplines other than that of the advisor. The petition may not be submitted before the second semester of the student's sophomore year but must be submitted before the end of the student's junior year.

The major must total at least 33 credits. At least 18 credits must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher and must include a capstone experience. When submitting a petition for an Individually Designed Major, a student's grade point average must be at least 3.0 and at least 18 credits in the proposed major shall not yet have been completed.

More comprehensive information concerning the Individually Designed Major is available in the Registrar's Office.

The Individually Designed Major for Distance Learning Students Top of Page

The Individually Designed Major offered through the Distance Learning Center is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts academic program which can be designed to meet educational, career or personal goals. The Individually Designed Major:

  • requires a minimum of 54 credits (comprehensive major) or 33 credits with a minor
  • includes a minimum of three academic areas of study
  • must have a purpose, a theme, a rationale 
  • includes a capstone experience

The major is designed by the student in consultation with an academic advisor and selected faculty.  The approval process for the major includes the advisor, faculty panel members from the selected academic areas of study, the associate dean for Distance Learning, and the University Credits Committee. 

Additional information about the Individually Designed Major offered through the Distance Learning Center is available at www.uwsuper.edu/distancelearning, or by contacting the Distance Learning Center at 877-528-6597 or dlc@uwsuper.edu .

 

Individually Designed Minor Top of Page

Students in good standing who are at least second-semester sophomores may petition the University Credits Committee for approval of an Individually Designed Minor. The proposed minor must include at least 21 credits; at least 12 of these credits shall not yet have been completed. At least two courses must be resident credit courses.

Individually Designed Minor proposals require the approval of the student's advisor and the appropriate department chair.

More comprehensive information concerning the Individually Designed Minor is available in the Registrar's Office.


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