Individually Designed Majors and Individually Designed Honors Program in Humanities
The Individually Designed Major (IDM) is overseen by the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. (See the "Individually Designed Majors in Engineering" section of this bulletin for information about the IDM in Engineering.)
The IDM is intended for exceptional undergraduates interested in pursuing an area of study that, by virtue of its focus and intellectual content, cannot be accommodated by existing departmental or programmatic majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and the IDM cannot be a student's secondary major. IDM curricula are designed by students with the assistance of three faculty members of their choice; all advisers must be members of the Academic Council.
Students wishing to pursue an IDM must submit an application detailing the proposed course of study. It is required that students consult with the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences before submitting an application. IDM programs must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of 75 units, with all courses at or above the 100 level.
- A maximum of 5 units on a credit/no credit basis.
- A maximum of 8 units in directed reading or independent study, prior approval required.
- A core sequence in the department of one of the advisers.
- A WIM course in the department of one of the advisers.
- None of the units may count towards another major, minor, or other special program.
The proposed major must not be achievable through a major or combination of majors and/or minors already offered by degree-granting departments or programs. IDM students are required to complete a capstone requirement in the form of an honors thesis.
Each application must include the following:
Application Cover Sheet: This form must be signed by three faculty members who agree to serve as advisers. These signatures certify that the faculty endorse the major as described in the proposal and agree to serve as the student's advisers. One faculty member must agree to serve as the primary adviser.
- ProposalEach application should include a detailed statement that describes the proposed major. This statement should make clear the student's motivation for pursuing the major, justify it intellectually, indicate the student's ultimate goal and how the major relates to it, and show how the courses comprising the curriculum make sense. A proposed title for the major should be included. This title, should the proposal be accepted, will appear on the student's diploma and transcript.
- Proposed Course of StudyThis form should be filled out completely, identifying all courses that will count towards the proposed IDM, including a core course sequence and the course used to meet the University's WIM requirement.
- Four-Year-PlanSubmission of a completed four-year study plan that identifies the courses to be taken each quarter to fulfill major and graduation requirements. The courses listed as part of the plan should comprise a well-coordinated sequence.
- Letter of RecommendationA letter of support from the student's primary adviser appraising the proposal in terms of academic value and viability, including assessment of the student's ability to successfully complete the major.
Any changes to a previously approved IDM must be endorsed by the primary adviser and approved by the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. A request by a student to make changes in his or her approved curriculum must be made sufficiently far in advance so that, should the request be denied, adequate time remains to complete the original, approved curriculum.
The application deadline for IDM proposals is the fifth week of Spring Quarter of the sophomore year. Applications are reviewed only once a year by an IDM Evaluation Committee. Application forms and information about proposal procedures is available at the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Applications should be submitted to Sheila Booth in the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Building 1, Main Quad (2nd Floor).
INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED HONORS PROGRAM IN HUMANITIES
The Individually Designed Honors Program (IDHP) in Humanities is overseen by the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. This program is available to exceptional students who wish to complete an honors thesis in the Humanities and to have the notation "Honors in Humanities" recorded on their diplomas and transcripts in addition to their primary degree. This program is also available to students completing an Individually Designed Major. The requirements for the IDHP are as follows:
- A minimum GPA of 3.5. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the course of their Stanford undergraduate career.
- Students must select two advisers for the honors thesis who are members of the Academic Council, at least one of whom is not from the student's major department. Both faculty members must be from humanities and arts departments.
- Students majoring in a humanities or arts department must complete 25 additional units in the humanities and arts, chosen from areas outside of the major department. Areas of concentration include arts, literature, history, and philosophy. Courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's advisers, and a potential list of such courses submitted with the proposal.
- Students majoring in a non-humanities and arts department must complete the equivalent of a minor in one humanities and arts department, and an additional 10 units in another. Winter-Spring IHUM courses may be used to satisfy part of this requirement. Courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's advisers, and a potential list of such courses submitted with the proposal.
- Students must complete a capstone, majors seminar, or honors seminar in a humanities and arts department.
- The honors thesis may be taken for a minimum of 5 units up to a maximum of 10 units. These units must be in addition to the requirements above. The student should determine the size and scope of the thesis in consultation with his or her advisers.
- Students should consult with the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences before submitting a proposal.
- All proposals must be submitted no later than the third week of Autumn Quarter in the student's junior year, and preferably by Spring Quarter of the sophomore year. The H&S Curriculum Committee in the Humanities and Arts reviews and approves all proposals.