TYPE: Major
DEPARTMENT: Center for Academic Advising

LOCATION: On-Campus/Online

General Description

The self-designed major gives students the flexibility of designing their own major to suit their unique interests and career goals. Working closely with an advisor, students choose classes from a variety of subjects to create a custom course of study.

UW-Superior offers the oldest and most-established self-designed major program in the UW System. As one of the largest majors by enrollment, this popular program allows students to benefit from years of experience and dedicated expertise to design their own major, or choose from a list of pre-planned self-designed majors.

Students may choose from the following options:

  • Interdisciplinary - Comprehensive (no minor required) minimum 51 credits, 22 of which must be upper division and must be interdisciplinary with at least three, but no more than four separate discipline areas.
  • Individually-Designed - Non-comprehensive (minor required) minimum 33 credits, 18 of which must be upper division. May be either interdisciplinary or only one discipline.

Courses may include online, hybrid or on-campus (depending on areas of study and modalities offered), and upon approval, students name their own major with the title appearing on their official transcript.

The self-designed major is an optimal choice for those seeking a degree not offered in the area or that does not exist anywhere. For transfer students or those with some college experience, this option can optimize transfer credits, allowing them to graduate in the least amount of time.

Program Outcomes

Through a self-designed major, you will:

  • Incorporate different areas of study into one major
  • Acquire skills and knowledge specific to your interests and future goals
  • Increase earning and employment potential, and/or prepare for graduate study

Pre-Planned Majors

The following is a list of majors that have previously been designed and are in high demand. Students may choose from this list or create their own major, with approval from academic advising.

  • Environmental Studies; Climate Change 
  • Human or Social Services 
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Sports Management
  • Public Relations 
  • Sports Communication 
  • Business Communication 
  • Political Communication  
  • Organizational Management 
  • Health Communication  
  • Cultural Communication  
  • Information Management  
  • Education Studies  
  • Early Childhood Education  


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  • Class of: 2016
    Because I had previously earned two associate degrees, the self-designed major allowed me to utilize transfer credits and create a customized major and minor, which saved me time and money. Read more.
  • Class of: 2019
    The self-designed major allowed me to complete my degree quicker and without added expense. My goals were to work overseas or in a support role within higher education. The self-designed major aligned perfectly with those goals Read more.
  • Class of: 2022
    Using the self-designed major, I was able to take my previous credits in history, political science, and communication and combine them into a complete degree, which I named political communication. Read more.
  • Class of: 2018
    I was able to customize my degree to include four areas that complimented my skills, experience and career goals. There is no other way that I would have been able to work fulltime and complete my goal of graduating from college. Read more.

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