Self-Designed Major

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online
Type: Major

The self-designed major gives you the flexibility of designing your own major to align with your unique interests and career goals. It is the oldest and most-established self-designed major program in the University of Wisconsin System and one of the largest majors by enrollment at UW-Superior.

Working closely with an advisor, you can choose classes from a variety of subjects to create a custom course of study. The self-designed major is an optimal choice if you are seeking a degree or career preparation not offered at UWS or perhaps not anywhere. It can also be a great choice if you are a transfer student or have some college experience and are looking for the most efficient way to complete your degree. We also offer a self-designed minor.

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.
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Flexible Options

You may choose to design your own major or choose from a list of pre-planned self-designed majors. We also offer a self-designed minor.

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Online, On Campus or Hybrid

Courses may be 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.

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Experienced Advisors

Our experienced advisors have helped many students create self-designed majors and will walk you through the process, offering ideas and helpful tips.

What You’ll Learn

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 or prepare for graduate study

The self-designed major at UW-Superior helped me finish school with a degree that fit my needs. Since UWS did not have an environmental education major, I was able to create a program with the help of my advisor that matched my interests and career goals. I am now graduating on time with a degree in environmental education studies, and I have already secured a job at an outdoor school next fall.

Hana Hellmers, Environmental Education Studies (Self-Designed)

Pre-Planned Majors

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

  • Environmental studies; climate change 
  • Human or social services 
  • Health care 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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