Contract Major (Self-designed)

A student who wishes to design an interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary major in place of a discipline major may contract for such a major. A contract major is an individualized and coherent plan of study of 40 or more hours of course work that a student, working with faculty, designs.


  • ┬áThe Vice President for Academic Affairs and the 4-Year College Educational Policies Committee shall approve each contract major. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall assign a faculty advisor.
  • To apply for a contract major, students shall have at least sophomore status with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.
  • A Contract Major form must be completed with the signature of a sponsoring faculty member.
  • Each course that is part of the contract major must be scheduled to be taught during the following three years.
  • No Graduate and Professional Studies courses, with the exception of summer residency courses, may be part of the contract major.
  • No more than two (2) named core curriculum courses or two (2) independent study courses may be included.
  • The College requires that a student obtain a C or better in all course work required for the contract major.
  • All other graduation requirements shall be met.

Student Work

Hannah McGowan and her photography I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a contract major in Visual Arts and a minor in History. At the end of my sophomore year, I realized that I wanted to pursue art as a career. However, at the time St. Joe's only offered the art minor, so I wasn't sure what to do. I talked with my professors and they helped me create a contract major in Visual Arts through the Academic Dean's office. Junior and senior year was a blast between having mostly art classes and getting to be creative whenever I wanted!