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Designing an Independent Major Program


The Independent Major

The Independent Major is designed for students whose interests cannot be accommodated by an established major. An independent major is not a loose version of a departmental major or a combination of courses in several fields. Rather, it is a coherent, structured plan of study from introductory through advanced work in a recognizable field within the liberal arts. What is more, an independent major is constructed largely from courses offered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Interested students should attend the information session and meet with Dean Raima Evan in the fall of the sophomore year.

In designing an independent major, students must enlist two faculty members to serve as advisers. One, who acts as primary adviser, must be a member of the Bryn Mawr faculty; the secondary adviser may be a member of either the Bryn Mawr or Haverford faculty.

If the primary adviser will be on leave during the student’s senior year, this should be discussed at the time that the faculty member agrees to be the student’s adviser. In these situations, the student is responsible for working out in advance who will fill in for the primary adviser—either the secondary adviser, if that person agrees to that, or another faculty member.

Committee Members for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Raima Evan, Assistant Dean
Doug Blank, Computer Science
Jennifer Skirkanich, Biology
Michelle Wien, Biology  (on leave Fall 2016)
Maya Berrol-Young '17, student representative
Maeve White '18, student representative

Application materials and deadlines

Information for faculty agreeing to advise independent majors

The proposal and the evaluation process

Exploring your idea and writing your proposal

Model for constructing your Independent Major course list

Checklist for assembling your Independent Major proposal




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