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Self-Initiated Major

One way that Ursinus supports creativity and innovation is by allowing students to self-initiate a major.

Students identify a core of course work in one program of study or major and then add coursework from other disciplines to craft an educational experience as unique as their ambitions.

Students who complete the first year and whose major interests span two or more recognized academic fields may propose a specialized major which combines these fields.

Students must have a cumulative B average (3.00) or above to be considered. The self-initiated major must be approved by both the appropriate departments and the Dean’s Office.

The student is advised to meet with the appropriate department chairs to discuss and obtain approval for the proposed major. After obtaining support from the departments, the student must submit to the Dean’s Office a written proposal which outlines all courses and major requirements. Upon successful completion of the major requirements so specified, the student will graduate in the subject field indicated on the program proposal.

Some of the more recently approved self-initiated majors include:

  • Applied Ethics
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Classics
  • Statistics
  • Linguistics
  • Middle Eastern Studies


  • The campus of Ursinus College

    Many Ursinus students chart their own academic course by taking on more than one major and implementing a self-designed area of study.