A self-designed interdisciplinary major allows students to map out their own education at Central. The major is intended for students whose academic interests and goals can be best met by combining and integrating the work of two or more academic departments.
By nature, the self-designed interdisciplinary major is flexible while also having a central theme or interest. Interested in public policy and healthcare? Data science and environmental sustainability? Or art and business management? This major allows students to connect disciplines to create a major uniquely personalized to their interest. Students may also use this option to pursue a major that Central may not offer such as cultural studies, anthropology or philosophy. The sky’s the limit.
Students selecting this major work with their faculty advisors to prepare for a variety of graduate school programs and professional careers.
Self-designed interdisciplinary majors can be actively engaged in research projects—some during the summer, others as independent senior honors projects or assisting with faculty research. Students often present the results of their research at conferences or in a campus presentation.
Students are encouraged to study abroad to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
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The self-designed interdisciplinary program is designed to create endless opportunities for students as they tailor their degree to their academic needs and interests. Popular areas of emphasis include allied health, American studies, arts management, food systems, gender studies, international and global studies and not-for-profit management.
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Central College is adding a self-designed studies minor in data science beginning Fall 2020.
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Self-designed interdisciplinary majors are accepted to top graduate schools, often using their senior project as an example of the research they wish to pursue. Overall, 90 percent of Central students are admitted into the graduate school of their choice.
Self-designed interdisciplinary students intern with a variety of businesses and organizations, both locally and abroad. Depending on areas of emphasis, sites can include hospitals and health care settings, not-for-profits and educational institutions, as well as research opportunities.
Every self-designed interdisciplinary student experiences the major a little differently — students can explore a variety of courses to find what fits them best.
Students are encouraged to include an experiential component to their major including internships, practicum or directed research. In their senior year, students complete a three- to six-credit hour integrated capstone thesis or project to round out their education and bring closure to their narrative.