Individualized Major

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Students may design an individualized major at Drury, where they complete a course of study not offered among Drury’s existing majors. Students who pursue this option are often draw to a set of questions that require an interdisciplinary course of study to prepare for a particular career or graduate school program.

Students must submit an application to a committee consisting of at least two faculty members, one of whom should be their advisor. The application must be approved by this committee, the Dean of the College where a majority of the coursework will be taken, and chairs of each department where credit hours are included in the proposed curriculum. The application should include:

  • The name of the proposed major,
  • A statement of purpose describing the focus of the major, and
  • A specific list of courses the student will take to fulfill the major.
    • Note: only coursework taken at Drury may be included in this list. Transfer work is not permitted.

Major requirements: The major must included a minimum of 36 credit hours and a maximum of 48 hours, including at least 12 credit hours of upper-division courses (300- and 400-level) and a capstone experience (a senior seminar or a guided research experience). In addition, courses should come from at least two but not more than four academic departments; and must be taught on a regular basis to reduce reliance on directed studies (exceptions to this guideline must be approved by the chair of the department where the course is listed).

Individualized plans that overlap with major(s) or minor(s) in a department may result in a restriction from pursuing any other major(s) or minor(s) within that department.

A student should design the individualized major as early as possible, and must spend a minimum of three semesters working under an approved plan. Students who have a GPA below 3.0 at the time of application must seek special permission from the Dean of the College where a majority of the coursework will be taken. The academic advisor must meet with the student at least once each semester to review progress.