Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major (BA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

Any St. Louis-based Webster University student may pursue a self-designed major (SIM), combining coursework from multiple departments and academic subject areas. The SIM fulfills the requirement for in-depth study just as a traditional major does. Written by the student, the SIM proposal must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty SIM Committee. The SIM student receives their BA from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all Webster University graduation requirements, including 27 credit hours of general education courses. Students enrolled in the University Fall 2012 or after must complete the Global Citizenship program, in lieu of the general education courses, as outlined elsewhere in the catalog (30 credits). Any SIM, like all majors at Webster University, must meet the residency requirement of successful completion of at least 30 of the final 36 credit hours registered for and earned directly from Webster University. Any undergraduate degree-seeking student at Webster University with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 is eligible to petition for a SIM.

Curriculum

Self-designed interdisciplinary majors include:

  • 36 to 64 hours of coursework with a minimum of 12 credits completed at the 3000 or 4000 level;
  • Courses drawn from at least two distinct academic departments or interdisciplinary programs and at least three different disciplines;
  • 15 hours of the major core taken after the SIM proposal is approved;
  • A senior overview project.

Interested students must submit a SIM proposal by the beginning of their senior year. For forms and more information, contact simmajor@webster.edu.