Individual Major

The Navigator 2012-14

If you do not find a satisfactory major within the established departments, and your academic performance is strong, you might consider developing an individual major. An individual major must be distinct from any approved major program or possible combination of major programs. Regular deadlines to declare the major apply to individual majors as well.

Forming an individual major can be challenging, since three faculty members must agree to serve on a committee to supervise the major, and the major must be approved by the Committee on Educational Policy. Your college office has forms and detailed written information on declaring individual majors. You should make an appointment with your academic preceptor as soon as possible if you are considering this option. You must be self-directed and self-motivated to complete an individual major successfully.

Individual majors must include at least 10 courses (50 credits), of which at least eight (40 credits) must be upper-division. No more than two of the required courses may be independent study courses. Students who cannot meet their original study plan for the major must consult with the committee chair, and in some cases, the Committee on Educational Policy, for approval of any changes. All students completing an individual major are awarded a bachelor of arts.

Groups of faculty have indicated that they are willing to assist students who want to declare individual majors in the following fields: East Asian studies, religious studies, queer and sexuality studies, Russian studies, South and Southeast Asian studies, and ethnic studies. Individual majors are not limited to these programs. See the UCSC General Catalog for more information.

Academic Senate Regulation 10.4.5 contains the policy on individual majors.


Revised 10/10/12