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Application Process

The deadline for submitting a self-designed major for approval: Before the beginning of preregistration in the first semester of the student’s senior year. Applications for self-designed majors are submitted using the button below, and approved by the adviser and then by the Vice-Dean, in consultation with the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies.

Approval of self-designed majors – and of changes in program (see below) – is by no means automatic. A self-designed major should include the same combination of coverage, coherence, experimentation, and rigor as a regular major. Regular majors are reviewed and approved by the entire faculty of Arts & Sciences before adoption, and the review process for self-designed majors approaches that level of oversight.

Before filling out the application for a self-designed major, we suggest you review several documents:

Applications with "elective" as a course description will not be accepted. The application for self-designed majors is in DocuSign. There are four components:

  • Declaration/change of major
  • Course selection
  • Your unofficial transcript (uploaded in the application)
  • A one-page document that describes and provides a rationale for your proposed program of study (.pdf, .doc/x uploaded in the application)

We recommend completing the application process with your advisor, if possible. Make sure your application is accurate, and be sure to save a .pdf copy.


Change in Program

Any changes to your major must be made using the Petition for Change [DocuSign]. Work with your advisor to make sure your proposed changes will still fulfill all requirements. 

Approval Timeline
  • Approval can take up to 30 days once the application is submitted.
  • If for any reason the application requires further details from the student and/or advisor, the application process will have to start from the beginning.
  • Upon approval, an email confirmation will be sent to the student, advisor, and the Registrar’s Office. Please note that it can take up to 5 days before the information is updated in DegreeWorks.
For More Information

Please contact Sharon Morris, Undergraduate Curriculum Administrative Assistant, at