Multi-Disciplinary Major

The purpose of the multi-disciplinary major (MDM) is to permit students in good academic standing to fulfill their personal academic objectives and complete their degree at Carroll College through an integrated program of study that is not possible through an existing major. The program should draw on the curricula of two or more disciplines and create a coherent academic focus. The student who wishes to pursue an MDM will choose a principal advisor and two additional faculty who will work with the student to plan coursework that will provide breadth and depth in the chosen disciplines.

Requirements for the Multi-Disciplinary Major for a bachelor’s degree:

  • An approved application form must be filed with the Office of the Registrar no later than three semesters prior to graduation. Usually, this deadline will be the end of the student’s fifth semester. Application forms are available at the Office of the Registrar and include a listing of steps to follow in developing a Multi-Disciplinary Major.
  • The student must be in good academic standing prior to submission of the proposal.
  • Coursework requirements:

    At least 18 semester hours must be taken within the sponsoring discipline. The student may not be required to take more than 24 semester hours within the sponsoring department.

    At least 12 semester hours must be taken in a second discipline.

    An MDM must include a minimum of 48 semester hours that include courses from the sponsoring discipline and other courses deemed to be relevant by the students and the MDM committee.

    The list of required courses must contain a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300/400 level.

    At least one-half of the credits required in the MDM proposal must be taken at Carroll College.

    The regulations governing the thesis and/or comprehensive examination of the sponsoring discipline will apply.

Requirements for the Multi-Disciplinary Major for an associate’s degree:

  • An approved application form must be filed with the Office of the Registrar no later than the fall semester prior to graduation. Usually, this deadline will be before the end of the student’s third semester. Application forms are available at the Office of the Registrar and include a listing of steps to follow in developing a Multi-Disciplinary Major.
  • The student must be in good academic standing prior to submission of the proposal.
  • Coursework requirements:

    At least 12 semester hours must be taken within the sponsoring discipline. The student may not be required to take more than 16 semester hours within the sponsoring department.

    At least 8 semester hours must be taken in a second discipline.

    An MDM must include a minimum of 24 semester hours that include courses from the sponsoring discipline and other courses deemed to be relevant by the students and the MDM committee.

    Of the final 45 credit hours earned toward the degree a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at Carroll College with at least one-half of the credits required in the MDM major taken at Carroll.