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Description of Major
The self-designed major program exists to allow undergraduate students to design a major in an area of academic interest that crosses disciplinary boundaries.
Admission to the self-designed major program is by application only. The first step for the student who wishes to enter the program is to identify a faculty adviser. This adviser will assist the student to develop an academically sound major in an interdisciplinary area. If the student is not able to identify a major adviser, Ms. Sandy Stallings [email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 515.9739], Chair of the Self-Designed Major Committee, can help students identify an appropriate adviser.
With assistance from the adviser, the student completes an application for the self-designed program (application form and instructions are below). The application must be approved by the Self-Designed Major Committee. This committee meets twice a semester to review applications. Contact Ms. Stallings for details.
1. The courses selected must make one coherent academic course of study. The description (see below) of your concentration that you submit as part of your application package will make clear how the courses are related to each other and to the theme (title) of your concentration. A proposal that consists of five courses in one discipline and five courses in another discipline, without an adequate explanation of their relationship, is not a multidisciplinary studies concentration and will not be approved.
2. The courses included in the concentration must be from at least two disciplines and total 30 credit hours. No more than 15 hours in the concentration may come from a single discipline. At least 5 courses must be from the humanities and social sciences, defined as follows:
Courses offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Economics courses (College of Management)
Courses on the General Education Requirement (GER) lists of humanities and social science courses.
At least 3 of these 5 courses must be taught in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS)
3. No more than 15 hours of concentration courses should consist of transfer credits.
4. The concentration must include 8 courses at the 300- and 400-level and at least 2 of the courses must be at the 400-level. The concentration will not, as a rule, include 100-level courses. Foreign language courses at the 202-level and above may be allowed in the concentration. Students who wish to include a 500- or 600-level course must submit written permission to take the class from the instructor with their application package.
5. At least 12 hours of concentration courses must be begun after the date when your application is approved. Students are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible.
6. Students who use independent studies (except for the independent studies listed in number 7), special topics courses, internships, studios, and practicum courses must submit attachments to the application with a full description of these courses, explaining their relevance to the concentration.
7. Of the 30 credit hours, 3 should consist of a 2-credit independent study (IDS 498a), taken preferably in first semester after your program is approved, and a 1-credit independent study (IDS 498b), taken in your next-to-last or, preferably, in your last semester at the University. The 2-credit course will involve readings in interdisciplinary theory and will also focus on the issues and bibliography in your concentration area. You do not need to explain the relevance of these independent studies to your concentration.
8. Students may not include in their major concentration courses for which they do not have the prerequisites or any other necessary qualification to take the course unless they submit written permission to take the course from the course instructor with their application package.
The concentration as approved by the Self-Designed Major Committee is fixed. Substitutions are sometimes possible, but only if the request for the substitution and the reason for it are submitted in writing with the endorsement of the adviser prior to the time you begin the course.
Note: See the following link (the Undergraduate Catalog listing) for an entire description of program:
The Undergraduate Catalog shows a listing of Interdisciplinary Studies,
and the degree audit shows the curricula requirements for this major.
If you are interested in expanding your career options, consider
double-majoring and/or adding a minor.
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Skills You Develop In This Major
- Skills will vary with concentrations
Gaining Career-Related Experience
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior
to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school.
Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate
with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience.
Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term
is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least
two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate
students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission
to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50
(3.00 for graduate students) is required.
Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some)
part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer
jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The University Career Center provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students
through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches.
You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internships will vary with the concentrations pursued. Check with the University Career Center for more information and guidance applying for internships.
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Sample Career Titles and Possible Work Settings
The following lists provide
a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find
with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no
means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing,
over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is
provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career
field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
|Sample Career Titles
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Careers Needing Advanced Degrees
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Baccalaureate - $ varies by concentrations
From NACE 2010 Salary Survey: http://www.naceweb.org/research/salary_survey/
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills
and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary
level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position
into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn
more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
NC State Related Organizations & Clubs
NCSU Student Organizations
Professional Resources (Outside NC State)
These resources include
organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and
can be an important part of your career pursuit.
Varies by concentration pursued
Links to Related Resources
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Last updated: 7th of November, 2010 at 10:23:47 AM