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Why IMP-In their words

Students in the Individualized Major Program are a diverse bunch, in both intellect and personality. When asked about the type of student attracted to the program, the terms 'self-starter,' 'pioneering,' and 'eclectic' are common; however, what is often missing from these one-word descriptions is the fuller story of why they chose to complete an individualized program of study.    

Below you will find several stories from our past and present students addressing why they chose the IMP and what they feel they gained from the process.


Bailey Hulswit
My individualized major—An Interdisciplinary Approach to Genetics—explores the ethics of genetics, the research of genetics, and how community perspectives influence knowledge and understanding of genetics and genetics research.


Andrew Koffsky
My major, Rhetorical Power and Social Change, is about the understanding of what it means to design effective and persuasive language, and how that language can in turn be used to cultivate awareness and create social change.


Emma Holloway
In Religion, Women, and Society, I am examining the various ways in which representations of women in religious texts (and contexts) have affected women and how these views have extended to society and societal institutions.


Julia Fox
My major, Perspectives on Religion & Spirituality, explored religious and spiritual phenomena on both the individual and group level, focusing on the deep values and beliefs of world religions as well as the nature of humans, God, and the universe.


Sarah Viera-Patron
Creating a logic major through the Individualized Major Program pushed me to figure out what I want from my education and allowed me to understand the importance of every class to my intellectual growth.