Self-Designed Major

Built around you.

Millsaps offers the opportunity to design a major to best fit your personality, career goals and specific educational needs. The self-designed major is a customized major that you design, working closely with appropriate faculty. The curricular, instructional and administrative framework for the pursuit of a self-designed major is not pre-built. It is constructed by a special effort to suit your interests. A self-designed major requires a higher degree of self-motivation as opposed to a more established route to graduation.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

SOAN 3400 Archaeology of Native Americana
Examine the history of the North American Indians. Culture areas are explored through artifacts, historical documents, Native American myth, literature and poetry.
GEOL 3520 Earthquakes & Volcanoes Pacific Northwest
The Cascadia region in the Pacific Northwest provides a geologically interesting location for this introduction to earthquakes and volcanic hazards of the United States.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Self-Designed Major
Design a major to best fit your personality, career goals and specific educational needs. The self-designed major is a customized major that you design, working closely with appropriate faculty. Create your own major.

#13 Most Popular Major

Multi/interdisciplinary studies was the 13th most popular major nationwide in 2020-2021.

Creative solutions & new perspectives.

Pursue creative answers and advanced solutions to challenges by using multiple areas of expertise.

Tailor a degree based on your interests.

Carve out your own niche by taking a self-directed approach to higher education.

Our distinctive strengths

Approaching subjects from multiple disciplines is as old as academics themselves. Ancient Greeks applied ideas found in one area of study to another. Millsaps' self-designed major allows students to bring together multiple perspectives to find creative answers and advanced solutions to today’s challenges.
  • Interdisciplinary major that allows students to combine multiple areas of interest into a single major
  • Student-driven major

Gain hands-on experience

Opportunities for hands-on learning are available for most areas of study. As you determine the areas of interest for your self-designed major, you can work with your self-designed major adviser and the career center to identify appropriate opportunities.

Pathways

The Exploratory Pathway can help you identify areas of interest to incorporate into your interdisciplinary self-designed major.

Study Abroad

Summer- and winter-term field courses are offered on a regular basis. Your self-designed major adviser and the career center can help you identify appropriate opportunities.

More About the Degree

Related Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of science and medicine
  • International health and economics
  • Health science and human services
  • Engineering studies
  • Global language studies
  • Social justice and the Americas
  • International social development and education
  • Sports communication
  • Environmental studies

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Millsaps was a transformative institution for me. I always knew I wanted to teach at a liberal arts college like it when I finished graduate school.

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