SELF-DESIGNED
MAJOR

Self-Designed Major

The self-designed, or contract, major allows highly focused and motivated students to design a unique course of study. This option is ideal if you would like to combine course work in several disciplines or pursue a specific topic in depth within or across disciplines.

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Shelly McMahon
Registrar
141 Johnson Hall
samcmahon@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8593

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There are two types of self-designed majors available to current students: departmental and interdisciplinary. Departmental contract majors primarily include courses within the particular department or school, but may include courses from other disciplines. Interdisciplinary majors allow students to combine coursework from multiple disciplines. All self-designed majors must be approved by Academic Council, which oversees curriculum at Meredith. Read more about how to design your own major in the Undergraduate Catalogue.
Julia Dent

Julia Dent, an aspiring photojournalist, chose to create her own major in media writing.

Maggie Mauney

Maggie Mauney discovered how a willingness to change your mind can open new possibilities.

Elena Blackwelder, ’23

Elena Blackwelder, ’23, worked with her advisor to develop a unique major to fully explore her interests. Find out how she designed her own contract major and why she values a personalized approach to education.

Aminah Jenkins, ’23

Aminah Jenkins, ’23, knew she wanted to work in education. At Meredith, she designed her own major to focus specifically on resource distribution in schools and advocating for policy change.