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Individualized Major or Minor Program
Purpose of an Individualized Major or Minor. The Individualized Major or Minor Program meets the needs of students who evince clarity of purpose and unique interests in their personal educational program which cannot be accommodated within the traditionally prescribed (usually departmental) major or minor formats. This program provides increased opportunity to students to pursue their special interests both on and off the residential campus while meeting the requirements for completing a major or minor.
Description of the Individualized Major or Minor. The individualized major or minor is a program in which students may propose a major or minor study curriculum tailored to their individual needs.
Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the individualized major or minor, a student must have completed at least 30 semester hours and no more than 80 semester hours of college level work with a grade point average of at least 2.00 and at least 15 semester hours completed at Mercer University.
Student Responsibility. For the major, the student must choose a committee composed of three members of the faculty from the departments in which courses are taken, no more than two of whom are in the same department, subject to the approval of the Office of the Dean. For the minor, the student must choose a committee composed of two members of the faculty, subject to the approval of the Office of the Dean. If the minor program involves courses from more than one department, the committee must consist of the chair of the department in which the most courses are taken and one member from another department in which courses are taken. After the committee is selected, but before any committee action takes place, the student must submit to the committee members a written statement describing the proposed major or minor program, clearly stating the educational goals.
Faculty Responsibility. Faculty members may accept service on committees for individualized majors or minors at their discretion; however, under no circumstances may they serve on more than eight such committees during a given semester.
Curriculum. The individualized major curriculum may be created from the regular course offerings of the University or courses to be taken at other nationally accredited institutions with a maximum off-campus limit of 20 semester hours, of which 12 semester hours may be credited toward a major and 6 semester hours may be considered related work. The total program of courses must be planned and approved by the committee in advance of its submission to the Office of the Dean for final approval. A copy of the approved document is then sent to the Office of the Registrar along with a completed declaration of major form.
The individualized minor program must be created from the regular course offerings of Mercer University courses and must consist of at least 18 semester hours. At least 12 semester hours must be in upper-division courses. Up to 6 semester hours of work may be transferred from another nationally accredited institution, provided they are equivalent to regular Mercer University courses.
Courses counted toward an individualized major or minor may not be counted toward another major or minor, unless the Additional Depth of Understanding requirement has already been satisfied.
Independent Research Projects. As part of the individualized major, students may pursue independent projects, either on or off campus, which afford genuine learning opportunities. These projects shall carry a maximum of 6 semester hours credit and must culminate in a major research paper. Independent projects pursued off campus will be considered part of the 20 semester hours of off-campus coursework allowed in the individualized major curriculum.
Comprehensive Examination. A local comprehensive examination may be administered at the completion of the major program.
Financial Obligations. Students who take courses at other institutions must meet all admission requirements and must expect to personally assume the financial obligations.