Through the CIS you may propose an individual, integrative major on any subject that permits coherent, in-depth study using resources available through the college, and that does not duplicate any existing program at the college. You may propose any sequence of courses, seminars, independent studies, internships, and other learning experiences as the means of pursuing your major. Your major must have a central, organizing idea that integrates the experiences you propose; it must include an integrative senior project; it must include a web portfolio; in most cases it must include 12 courses, including two course units devoted to the senior project.
Proposals will be accepted any time after the spring semester of your first year and before the spring semester of your junior year. Your proposal should lay out the subject matter of your intended major, and the means of pursuing that subject matter. Your proposal must have the support of your adviser, and it must be approved by a faculty review committee ; the completion of your major must be certified by the Director of the CIS on the recommendation of a faculty certification committee. The CIS and the faculty committees will be guided by prevailing standards of excellence for a departmental major at St. Olaf, and by criteria appropriate to integrative learning. Read more about procedures for proposing individual majors.