A qualified student (3.00 GPA or better) may propose a major curriculum other than one among the current list of majors at Skidmore. The Self-Determined major transcends the boundaries of Skidmore's majors and minors and reflects the integration of more than one discipline toward the attainment of a clearly developed and coherent course of study.
The degree program must contain a core of not fewer than ten courses pertinent to the student's central interest, one of these being an independent-study project that integrates this core of courses, or a senior seminar or colloquium in which a main project achieves the same goal. Self-Determined Majors must meet the all-college requirements, including the maturity-level requirement.
The student proposes a course of study to the SDM Program through the director and its Advisory Board. Normally, students will apply by February 15 during the spring of their sophomore year. A self-determined-major proposal must be submitted no later than October 15 of their junior year or its equivalent.
Detailed procedures for establishing a Self-Determined Major may be obtained from the director of the SDM Program and/or on the SDM Web site.