Writing Your Design Statement
Your design statement explains your educational objectives and how Planned Studies will meet them in a way no existing major can. Writing your design statement will help you clarify your thinking about your academic interests and will provide a rationale for your Planned Studies major. Follow the outline provided below:
- Your Interests: Describe the particular academic area you wish to study. You may focus on either intellectual or career interests. Do you wish to study an interdisciplinary field that cannot be explored by combining an existing major and minor at Ithaca College? Does your proposed plan best prepare you to pursue specific graduate or professional studies? Or does your proposed plan best prepare you to enter your chosen career field?
- Curricular Components: Describe the courses and other curricular components of your plan and explain how they are related. If, for example, you want to take courses in media production, music, and business, why do you want to do so? Explain how these areas are related to one another and to your goals. Then explain which media production, music, and business courses you want to take and how these courses are necessary for reaching your goal. If you plan to go on to graduate study, you may wish to explain which courses will help you meet graduate school requirements. If you plan to enter a specific profession, you may wish to explain which courses are required for your chosen profession.
- Comparison to Existing Majors and Minors: Discuss why it would be impossible to pursue your academic interests through an existing major or a combination of any major and minor. Demonstrate that your plan is a strong course of study, comparable in rigor to the existing majors at Ithaca College. Remember: if your goal can be accomplished through an existing major or a combination of any major and minor, your plan will not be approved.