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Individualized Major

COLLEGE: College of Arts and Sciences

DEPARTMENT: 105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062

DESCRIPTION: The individualized major is designed to allow students to pursue a self-constructed course of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The major is intended for students with focused educational objectives that cannot be met through standard majors offered by the college.

The program, with a core of related and clearly articulated courses, must be planned in consultation with the dean of the college or the dean’s designee; the program must be approved by the Curriculum Committee of the college or its designee. Courses in other colleges in the university may be included in the individualized major, with the limitation that two-thirds of the hours counted for the major must be within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Since the Individualized Major is designed by the student with specific academic and career goals in mind, the career opportunities are limitless.

Formal application for this major must be made by the beginning of the junior year. Transfer students with junior standing or beyond must make application immediately upon entrance to Kent State University. Revisions in the program after its approval may be made by the dean or the dean’s designee.

The requirements for an individualized major are as follows:
  • 121 hours required for graduation.
  • 42 hours of upper-division coursework.
  • Fulfillment of the General Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • A coherent program of at least 35 credit hours designed to fit students’ needs. At least half of this program must be in upper-division coursework. This program must be presented to the Curriculum Committee of the college or its designee for recommendations and final approval.

Students considering the individualized major should seek advice from the college office at the earliest possible time, but in any case well before submitting a proposed program.

All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.


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