Planned Studies (B.A., B.S.)
Know just what you want to do, but not sure how to do it? Our planned studies major gives motivated students the opportunity to focus on interdisciplinary courses of study that fall outside the usual range of offerings.
As a planned studies student, you'll follow through on your own academic and career goals by designing a major tailored to your specific interests. You may integrate your major around a theme, topic, issue, problem, or practice. Examples from previous years include intercultural studies and social change, not-for-profit administration, computer science and visual effects, sociopolitical photography, and music administration. The options are virtually unlimited: if you have a strong, clear sense of what you want to achieve, we'll help you do it.
Acceptance into the planned studies program requires submission of a detailed, well-articulated proposal demonstrating the hows and whys of your suggested path of study, as well as the approval of each department in which you plan to take courses. You'll need to complete one year of study at Ithaca before you'll be eligible for the program. This gives you time to clarify, organize, and fine-tune your thinking on your chosen topic.