major allows highly motivated and
self-directed students to pursue a
course of study that falls outside of existing majors and minors
by developing an individualized cross-disciplinary course of study. Students
pursuing the major will integrate courses from various
disciplines into a unified and coherent course
of study that is academically sound and that will
contribute to the individual student’s intellectual development.
For what type of careers might i be prepared?
The knowledge and skills
acquired in the individual-designed major can be the foundation for careers in many areas, including education, social work, counseling, government, science, health care, business, law and the arts.
Individual-designed majors often are particularly well-suited to pursue
graduate work in their area of interest and include service-learning
projects and independent study.
how and when would i apply for the individual-designed program?
If you are interested in pursuing
an individual-designed major, you should meet with your adviser
and then with at least two appropriate faculty
members to discuss your interests and proposed course of study. An application for approval of an individual-designed major is required and includes
a two- to three-
page essay describing a proposed
course of study and a listing
of the courses to be taken. Your plan must
and approved before you complete
70 semester hours.
an individual-designed major, you should have a 2.5 or higher GPA for all Berry courses completed.
For more information on Individual-Designed Majors, visit our catalog.
Former and current students' individual-designed majors:
Child Development Family
Human Development & Family Science
Along with my passion for dance, I also have a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. I have a brother who is 25 and was born with cerebral palsy. Having a
brother with special needs
taught me to never underestimate anyone’s capabilities.
Many look down upon those who have
physical or mental disabilities, and so I wanted
to share my love for dance
with those who aren’t given the opportunity to experience the joy that dance
has to offer. So I chose to pursue
major with a concentration in both dance and
Class of 2007