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Individualized Majors

Individualized Majors Program

Are you having trouble finding a major that fits your unique interests, talents, and career goals? Do your interests cut across disciplinary boundaries and not fit within existing majors? Then the Individualized Major (IM) may be for you.

In the IM program, you'll work with a faculty advisor to create a one-of-a-kind major combining your choice of courses with an approved experiential learning component, such as an internship, extended study abroad, an honors or departmental thesis, a senior seminar, or a service-learning project. Some students combine an IM with a traditional major or minor.

Butler graduates have earned Individualized Major degrees in such areas as Asian Studies, Italian Culture, Principles of Design, Ancient Egyptian and Museum Studies, The Social-Cultural Bases of Religious Experience, Medical Illustration, and Urban Relationships and Development.

IM Requirements

Supported by a faculty advisor, applicants to the IM develop their own 36+-hour course of proposed study. Their proposals and applications must be approved by the Individualized Major Committee. 

Is an IM Right for You?

Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Individualized Majors can involve courses from any of Butler’s colleges, at other universities, and independent study. We’ll help answer your questions about the Individualized Major and whether it’s right for you.

Sample Individualized Majors

Body, Mind, Media, and Sports

Bulldog soccer captain Serina Kashimoto aspires to play professionally and promote soccer back home in Japan. To broaden future options, she’s combining coursework from many disciplines—Anthropology, Psychology, Human Movement and Health Sciences, Sports Media, and more—in her IM.

Political Science and Italian

Lauren Hodge proposed her own major in the Italian language and merged it with her interest in Political Science in the IM program. Her internships with international law offices took her to Milan, Italy, and Washington, DC.

Global-Cultural Studies Through Media

Curious about how film and literature reflect historic moments and people’s experiences, Caitlyn Ladd is studying “Gone with the Wind,” Australia’s “Mad Max,” Japanese graphic novels, and more in her IM.

Chinese Language and Culture

Eshan Pua’s desire to become a speech pathologist and help Chinese orphans spurred her IM, an intensive exploration of Chinese language, literature, history, business culture, and art. Her knowledge supported her successful bid for a prestigious Fulbright-Hays scholarship to study in China.