Individual Major

The habits of critical inquiry and the deep appreciation for the varieties of human experience across time and space that are developed in studying history provide the basis for a wide range of professional and personal vocations.

Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

The CIS (Center for Integrative Studies) is the academic home for students pursuing self-designed, integrative majors. Students propose a sequence of courses, seminars, independent studies, or experiential learning as the means of pursuing an individual major. Proposals must include:

  • A description of the proposed area or topic of study.
  • A list of 11-12 courses and other learning experiences, with an explanation of how each contributes to the major.
  • A set of questions that will guide studies in the major, including broader questions in the disciplines supporting the major and specific questions related to narrower topics of the major.
  • Initial plans for 2-3 potential senior integrative projects
  • A summary of the student’s preparation to carry out the proposed major, and a justification of the major as a coherent, integrative academic plan.
  • Each proposal must have the support of a faculty academic advisor. The coherence, depth, and feasibility of each proposal are evaluated in a Final Review Consultation (FRC) convened by the CIS, after which the proposal is forwarded to a faculty committee that gives final approval or returns the proposal for further revision. At the end of the senior year, the student’s work in the major is presented to a CIS faculty certification committee for review.
  • Proposals for individual majors may be submitted any time during the sophomore year and the first part of the junior year.
  • Recent individual majors include: Archaeology: Culture and Methodology; Nonprofit Mission and Management; Technology Innovation and Civic Development; Disability Studies; International Development; Criminalistics; African Identities in Media and Development; Cognitive Neuroscience: Cells to Systems; Photographic Theory; Global Health Diplomacy; Digital Art and Animation; Studies in Pre-Architecture and Sustainability; Performance Technology and Design; Film Analysis and Criticism; International Human Rights; Sports and Activities Administration; Media and Public Relations: Marketing to Multiple Audiences; English Language Learners in the Elementary Classroom; Politics, Economics and Philosophy.
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • Nothing at this time.
Placement
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

Nothing at this time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Director, Integrative Studies: Karil Kucera (kucera@stolaf.edu)

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020