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Individually Structured Major

Individually Structured Major

Although the university does not offer a bachelor's degree in ethnic studies, the Individually Structured Major (ISM) affords students an opportunity to pursue the field in depth.

How the Individually Structured Major works

The individually structured major is an interdisciplinary degree program based on an individual contractual plan rather than a preset list of courses. The ISM program plan requires course work over two or three disciplines. Students declaring an ISM can list ethnic studies as one of their declared fields of specialization.

ISM students work with faculty advisors in each discipline to define the individually structured major, which must follow specific guidelines.

The ISM, Ethnic Studies and Your Career Goals

The ISM program plan must have an academic or career theme that ties course work together. Given the multicultural nature of society and the increasing relations with different societies, many occupations seek individuals with background and expertise on ethnic relations and cultural issues. Graduates often enter such fields as teaching, research, government service, law and social services, as well as graduate schools for advanced degrees in various disciplines.

All the Details

Read all the details on the ISM degree, and then contact the CLAS Advising Office to declare the major and begin the planning process. Current ethnic studies minors may also want to talk with Ethnic Studies Advisor Donna Langston about how their earned credits would translate into an ISM.