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At Ripon College, you choose your path. In fact, Ripon offers students the chance to develop a self-designed major (listed below) with the guidance of a faculty advisor. Recent self-design majors have included: Film Studies, Criminal Justice and Journalism. So, if you’re undecided, maybe this is the choice for you!


A student’s main area of focus in a chosen academic discipline. If all required courses are achieved, an undergraduate degree is issued.


A secondary area of focus in a chosen academic discipline that either complements a major or satisfies other interests of the student. A minor requires fewer courses than a major.

Pre-Professional Advising

A pathway of study that prepares students with the courses needed to enter graduate or professional school within the scope of a specified academic focus.

Teaching Certification

Teacher education programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and prepare students for licensure in the specified areas.