CAS Self-Designed Major

CAS Self-Designed Major

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Major Criteria

A CAS Self-Designed Major must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The major must be at least 40 credits
  2. The major must draw upon courses from at least two departments or distinct programs (as defined by the Double Major policy)
  3. The major must be sufficiently unique at Suffolk: it should not duplicate or approximate an experience that may be created through a double-major and/or addition of one or more minors
  4. The major must include any requirements common to all CAS majors
  5. The major must demonstrate sufficient coursework at the foundational level
  6. The major must demonstrate sufficient coursework at the advanced level
  7. The major must include coursework that imparts methodological and theoretical underpinning appropriate to the major
  8. The major may include up to 4 credits of an internship course
  9. The major may include up to 8 credits of independent study
  10. The major must include completion of an interdisciplinary senior capstone project
Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

CAS Self-Designed Courses

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

By special arrangement, a student who has declared the CAS Self-Designed Major may pursue an independent course of study and/or a research or creative project under the supervision of a faculty member. Credits completed in CAS 510 count toward the total of 8 independent study credits permitted for the CAS Self-Designed Major. Consent of major advisor and instructor required. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only; instructor approval required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

By special arrangement, a student who has declared the CAS Self-Designed Major may pursue an independent course of study and/or research or creative project under the supervision of a faculty member. The course should adhere to the guidelines for honors courses established by the honors program. Credits completed in CAS 510 count toward the total of 8 independent study credits permitted for the CAS Self-Designed Major. Consent of major advisor and instructor required. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

Instructor approval required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Individualized guidance in a professional development experience that relates to the student's self-designed major. Applications to participate must be approved by the instructor and major advisor. It is the responsibility of students to arrange internship placements in advance of the start of the course. Consent of major advisor and instructor required. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

Department approval required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

This course explores topics that require students to synthesize and analyze their accumulated interdisciplinary learning in the CAS Self-Designed Major. The course is designed as an individualized program of study under the supervision of a faculty member and culminates in a capstone interdisciplinary project. May be taken in the fall and/or spring of the senior year for a total of no more than 8 credits. Credits completed in CAS 555 count toward the total of 8 independent study credits permitted for the CAS Self-Designed Major.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only; department approval required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

The senior honors experience in the CAS Self-Designed Major is an individual program of interdisciplinary research and/or creative work on an approved topic, under the supervision of a faculty member. Required elements of the capstone include development of a final project, report, or thesis, as well as public presentation to the Suffolk community at an honors event. The plan for the honors capstone must be approved by the honors program in advance of the semester in which the work will be completed. Must be taken for at least 3 credits and may be taken in the fall and/or spring of the senior year for a total of no more than 8 credits. Credits completed in CAS H555 count toward the total of 8 independent study credits permitted for the CAS Self-Designed Major.