The Individually Designed Liberal Studies major helps to accommodate Endicott students whose interests are not met by current Endicott majors. The program is not designed to overlap with existing majors but rather to provide qualified students with an academic program that meets their unique needs. Offering students flexibility, independence, and academic rigor, this option provides undergraduates with the opportunity to draw on the resources of the entire Endicott curriculum, across majors and disciplines.
Students must submit, and have approved, a detailed proposal that describes their anticipated area of study. Students must complete the College’s core curriculum, LST 302 Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities, or PSY 302 Research Methods, and LST 489 Senior Thesis I and LST 490 Senior Thesis II. Students may apply no earlier than the second semester of their freshman year and no later than the first semester of their junior year. The proposal for acceptance into the Individually Designed Liberal Studies major should include the following:
- A statement that clearly defines the focus of the student’s liberal studies major. Students should explain the rationale behind their proposal and describe connections between courses to be taken, internships to be explored, and professional goals to be pursued.
- A statement that explains how the proposal will allow the student to pursue a unique course of study.
- A tentative list of the eight courses (24 credits) that will comprise the student’s concentration. Subsequent changes are not encouraged, but if they are necessary students must get the approval of their advisor and the Chair of Humanities. If nine or more credits are to be taken in an existing Endicott major, the proposal will be reviewed by the Chair/Dean of that program.
Before applying, students should discuss their interest in the major with the Chair of Humanities. In preparation of the proposal, consultation with advisors or professors is encouraged. Completed proposals should be submitted to the Chair of Humanities and will be reviewed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College. Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance into the program.