Individually Structured Major

A rewarding, niche-based program

The Individually Structured Major offers you the unique opportunity to structure an independent, interdisciplinary major if your desired plan of study cannot be accommodated by the existing majors within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This major is open to highly motivated, self-directed students, and the capstone projects, in conjunction with working closely with college faculty and advisors, allow you to integrate and exemplify elements of your program in meaningful and creative ways throughout your education.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Individually Structured Major (BA)


none offered

Why Choose an AU Individually Structured Major?


Endless Possibilities

Pull the most interesting aspects from our nearly 40 other majors, and you can design an ISM that's custom-focused on your interests, no matter how varied they may be.

You Design It

Each Individually Structured Major includes a self-written, formal program proposal, designed in consultation with a Faculty Advisory Board that you get to choose. Want to study criminal justice and theatre? You're in the driver's seat.

Ongoing Support

Because of its completely customized nature, you'll work with faculty and advisors within your ISM on an ongoing basis, ensuring milestones are met and that you're getting the specific education you set out for.

Students interested in initiating the application process for an ISM should meet with the Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences no later than midsemester of their sophomore year, as the application involves several steps and requires research and time. Complete applications must be received no later than the end of the sophomore year. Proposals are then reviewed by the ISM Faculty Steering Committee and the Dean and must be approved by the beginning of the student’s junior year.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Individually Structured Major, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Some of the academic programs designed by students under the auspices of the Individually Structured Major include Art:

  • Museum Studies and Entrepreneurship
  • Ecological Psychology; Historic Preservation
  • Integrated Emergency and Disaster Relief Operations
  • Media Politics
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Violence and Conflict Studies

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