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Self-Designed Major

Don't see exactly what you are look for? We also offer self-designed programs.

For students with proven records of academic achievement, seriousness of purpose and true curiosity, Florida Southern's self-designed interdisciplinary program, offers an exciting and versatile approach to earning your degree.

Top Reasons to choose Self-Designed Major at florida southern college

Top Rankings

From being named one of the nation’s best 385 colleges by the Princeton Review to being named one of the “best and most interesting schools in the U.S.” by Fiske Guide to Colleges, Florida Southern holds top rankings from top industry sources. The Florida Department of Education placed us number one among private college education programs in the state and U.S. News and World Report placed us in the top ten regional universities in the South.

Rigorous Curriculum

Choose from over 70 undergraduate academic programs and majors in the arts, humanities, education, sciences and business. Through faculty-guided research, internships, performance, study abroad and other high impact experiences, our academic programs engage students in the classroom and prepare them for competitive careers and graduate and professional programs.

Resources

As a student attending Florida Southern you’ll find the resources you need to succeed in and out of the classroom. From the Career Center which focuses on connecting you with job-exploration tools, internships and networking tips to the Rinker Technology Center which offers students a state-of-the-art location for students to complete their coursework, collaborate for school projects — or just hang out!

How it works

By creatively combining courses from several departments to customize your degree program, you can pursue your interests and gain a broader understanding of a complex field that requires knowledge of more than one discipline.

For example, one student with an interest in art and biology wants to become a medical illustrator. We offered her the chance to combine her art and science interests to create a major that would best prepare her for this innovative career.

Other examples include Communication and Culture, Politics and Justice, Narrative Inquiry, Nature and Spirituality, Physics and Metaphysics, Religion and Education, and Technology Management.

As academically rigorous as any established program of study, all self-designed majors require significant student initiative and close interaction with faculty advisers.

There is virtually no limit to the possibilities open to you as a self-designed major. While no two programs are alike, you’ll graduate with a degree that’s relevant to you and to your career goals.

If you choose to Venture into the Adventure, you will need a ready supply of initiative and the ability to analyze and synthesize information from many disciplines.

How to Participate

While all students must meet the College’s General Education and other degree requirements for a B.A. or B.S., Venture into the Adventure allows you to chart your own course of exploration. To create your major, you must develop a concept focused on a problem or area of investigation of special interest to you, design a curriculum outline and submit your plan to the appropriate dean for review.

Your faculty sponsors are there to guide you as you establish your own learning outcomes and select relevant and appropriate course work and other academic activities (independent research, fieldwork, study abroad) to meet these goals.

Students will also complete a senior research project to serve as the capstone for the self-designed major. Typically the senior research component will be conducted over two semesters (e.g., first semester: hypothesis, literature search, preliminary research; second semester: final project and presentation).

Mary Baltimore
Industrial Participation Program Manager at Lockheed Martin

I gained the capability of analyzing external factors such as geopolitical mechanisms, the economy, the industry, etc. in order to determine what factors create a situation and how to use these factors to mitigate the situation. These skills have been instrumental to my career advancement.

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Program Information

First-Years

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Self-Designed Major Program Contact

Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors
863.680.4131

Dr. Ron Pepino

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863.680.3776

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