Highly motivated students with excellent academic records who find that no single major accommodates their specific interest in a given subject may propose an individual major, provided that the college offers sufficient courses to support the proposed study. Proposals for individual majors are prepared with the guidance of a faculty member, and they are examined for cogency and academic merit by the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Executive Committee of the College of Letters and Science, which has final approval authority.
Minimum qualifications for proposing an individual major include a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and residence in the college for at least three quarters. Final proposals for individual majors must be submitted no later than the end of the junior year. However, students are urged to discuss their ideas with a college advisor well before then, to allow sufficient time for preparation, review, and approval of the proposal. Normally, this process takes at least three months. Information sheets describing the individual major option are available in the college office.