Individually Designed Majors - Course Offerings


The Individually Designed Major allows qualified students in the College of Arts and Sciences, under appropriate direction, to design and pursue an interdisciplinary major presently not available in the College.

The Individually Designed Major is what its name implies, a major designed by a student. The major must be a true major, with a progression of courses, including an appropriate number of advanced courses. It cannot be a simple collection of introductory courses in several disciplines. The major may be an extension of a presently existing interdisciplinary minor, or it may be a wholly new subject (e.g. Nineteenth-Century Europe). Courses already taken may be included in the major, but the Individually Designed Major should be, as a whole, a planned endeavor, not simply the pulling together of courses already taken.

Here are a few examples of the courses that have been carefully and purposefully put together to create recent Individually Designed majors here at Fairfield:

Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies

  • AR 210: Intermediate Arabic I
  • AR 211: Intermediate Arabic II
  • RS 101: Exploring Religions – Major themes of Islam
  • PO 144: Middle Eastern Politics
  • AY 152: Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • RS 276: Islamic Theology
  • PO 344: The Arab Spring
  • PO 149: Third World: Common Fate
  • IL 050: People. Places & Global Issues
  • IL 300: Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Four Courses from University of Jordan:
    • Middle East: Alternate Perspectives
    • Internship
    • Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
    • Intermediate Arabic III

Behavioral Neuroscience

  • BI 170: General Biology I
  • BI 171: General Biology II
  • BI 262: Human Physiology
  • BI 325: Biochemistry
  • CH 111: General Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CH 112: General Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CH 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 212: Organic Chemistry II
  • PY 101: General Psychology
  • PY 201: Statistics for Life Sciences
  • PY 261: Biological Basis of Behavior
  • BY 290: Drugs & Behavior
  • PY 293: Human Neuropsychology
  • PY 361: Current Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience Capstone

Theatre Administration & Management 

  • AE 291: Business Ethics
  • CO 101: Argument and Advocacy
  • MG 335: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • MG 370: Managing a Non-Profit Organization
  • MK 101: Principles of Marketing
  • MK 231: Advertising
  • TA 240: Technique & Art in Directing
  • TA 399: Scenic Design
  • TA 399A: Independent Study
  • TA 395: Theatre Internship Capstone
  • VPA 306: Arts Administration: Principles & Practices

Latin American Studies

  • EC 114: Gender, Economics & Development
  • EN 123: Colonial Contacts and Fights
  • HI 277: Mexico: Cortes to NAFTA
  • HI 289: Modern Latin America
  • IL 280: Global Leadership for research and Project Development
  • PG 110: Brazilian Portuguese – Business Focus
  • SO 188: Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society
  • SP 359: Culture, Civilization and Literature in the Spainsh-American Caribbean Region
  • LAC 399 – Independent Study
  • LAC 300: Justice and the Developing World – Capstone
  • Two courses from the Universidad Centroamericana – Nicaragua
    • History of Nicaragua
    • Nicaragua: Current Situations and Development