IM Programs

Many individualized major programs in the United States today emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But they have important ties to a long history of progressive educational efforts that dates back to the early part of the 20th century. Among the key principles of this progressive approach are:

  • students should take charge of their own education, while benefitting from close advising
  • students should incorporate interdisciplinary or integrative approaches in their education
  • students should engage with the community and the world outside the university through relevant projects and work placements

Individualized major programs vary considerably in size and scope. Some are structured as a school or college within a larger university (e.g. Gallatin at NYU or New College at University of Alabama). Many are programs with designated faculty and staff with advising and programmatic responsibilities, typically graduating 10-100+ students each year (e.g. Metropolitan State University of Denver, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut). There are many other colleges and universities that offer students the option to design their own major and do so without significant programmatic infrastructure.

Below is an extensive (but incomplete) list of individualized major programs, all located in the United States, unless otherwise noted.
Is your program not listed and would you like it to be included? Please contact us.

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