Self-designed majors are for the mature student with special interests and abilities and the motivation to design a unique major not available through existing college programs.

Self-designed majors should be structured out of courses from different academic departments or disciplines, supplemented in most cases by independent study. The student’s academic ability, motivation, justification and coherence in planning will be considered when a proposal for a self-designed major is evaluated for approval.

Complete information regarding self-designed majors is located in the Ripon College Catalog. Please contact the Office of the Registrar with questions.

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers.

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Past Self-Designed Majors

  • Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies
  • Classical Languages
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability Justice
  • Ethnobotany
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Journalism/Media Studies
  • Library Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication Management
  • Museum Studies
  • Music Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational and Persuasive Communication
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Psychology of Deaf Culture
  • Psychology of Social Issues
  • Roman Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Sports Psychology
  • Studies in Documentary Video
  • Studies in Mass Media Communications
  • Studies in Organizational and Team Leadership
  • Virtual Narrative and Design
  • Women's and Gender Studies