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Individualized Major

The Individualized Major requires completion of a minimum of eleven courses (three or more credits each). Ten courses come from  three distinct departments.

Coursework for at least one field of study must be in a professional field, such as Teacher Education, Business, Graphic Design, Communication, or other departments by petition.  

Students seeking a degree where all fields are traditional liberal arts and sciences disciplines are not eligible for an Individualized Major and should consider majoring in Liberal Studies.  

  • three to four courses from Department #1  
  • three to four courses from Department #2  
  • three to four courses from Department #3  

The final course is an experiential learning course (research, internship, practicum) that integrates at least two of the three  department disciplines selected for the major.

Students completing the requirements of the Individualized Major (and other University requirements) will be awarded a Bachelor  of Arts degree.  

Learning Outcomes  
As part of the curriculum development process, each student will develop their own unique learning outcomes, focusing on  knowledge and skills appropriate to their program.  

Process for Applying for an Individualized Major  
Students must consult with the Chair of the Individualized Programs Supervisory Committee prior to writing a proposal to discuss in  detail the major requirements and determine eligibility.  

Students submit a written proposal to the Individualized Programs Supervisory Committee chairperson that outlines the rationale for  the Individualized Major request and the major curriculum.  

The proposal should include:  

  • student’s name, ID number, and email address  
  • a recommended title for the major  
  • a description of the proposed major, how it aligns with other program available at other Universities (if applicable), and a  rationale for how it meets student goals and career interests  
  • a list of learning outcomes for the major  
    • Outcomes revolve around the content knowledge and skills acquired through completion of the curriculum.
  • a completed curriculum plan, noting the required eleven courses and other optional courses
  • the signature of the mentor/advisor

Other unique requirements of the major include:  

  • completion of a minimum of 33 credits of coursework  
  • All courses must be at the 200‐level or higher, with a minimum of 5 courses (15+ credits) at the 300‐level or higher.  
  • Courses must be letter graded. Credit/No credit, Pass/Fail, etc. courses are not acceptable.
  • If a student is completing another major or minor at the University, no courses from the other major or minor may be  used to fulfill the requirements of the Individualized Major.  
  • Students may not use courses coming from their three major departments towards fulfillment of the core Exploration  requirements.  
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Cabrini University after submission and approval of the  Individualized Major.  
  • The majority of courses, (6+), including the experiential course, must be taken at Cabrini University.  
  • Students must earn a 2.20 GPA or higher overall in major courses, with no grade lower than a C‐ in any major course.
  • The title, curriculum, and goals of the Individualized Major may not overlap those of existing majors at the University.
  • Students must identify a full‐time faculty member to serve as advisor and mentor for the Individualized Major.  

The Committee will meet within 15 business days following submission of the proposal and the student will be informed whether the  proposal was:  

  1. approved as written  
  2. approved with required modifications, or  
  3. not approved within five business days following the Committee meeting and vote  

The Committee meets only during the fall and spring semesters.  


Inidividualized Minor

The Individualized Minor requires completion six courses (three or more credits each) from at least two distinct departments.  

Process for Applying for an Individualized Minor  
Students must consult with the Chair of the Individualized Programs Supervisory Committee prior to writing a proposal to discuss in  detail the major requirements and determine eligibility.  

Students must submit a preliminary proposal to the Committee chairperson. This proposal is a concise (no more than one page) summary of  the minor’s main theme.

The proposal is meant to ensure the minor doesn’t overlap existing programs at the University before the student and  faculty mentor invest effort into development of a full proposal. If approved, the student will be invited to submit a full proposal.  

After a preliminary proposal is accepted, a student must identify a full‐time faculty mentor. While the student is charged with writing  the full proposal, the mentor reviews the proposal and serves as the academic advisor for the student’s minor.  Submission of a full proposal (if invited) to the Individualized Programs Supervisory Committee chairperson.

The proposal must:  

  • Be submitted prior to completion of 9 credits of proposed minor coursework and be submitted prior to a student’s senior  year (87 credits) of study at Cabrini University.  
  • Include the student’s name, Cabrini ID, and Cabrini email address  
  • Include copies of the student’s current transcript and schedule
  • Include a recommended title for the minor (Note the title may not overlap the name of an existing major or minor at  the University)  
  • Include a description of the proposed minor and a rationale for how it meets student goals and career interests  
  • Include within the proposal a complete curriculum list, noting the required six courses, and at least four signfiicant learning  outcomes. (Note that an internship/experiential learning course will be highly recommended) 
  • Include the signature of the mentor/advisor  

Other unique requirements of the major include:  

  • completion of a minimum of 18 credits of coursework  
  • No more than three courses may come from a single department  
  • At least four courses must be at the 200‐level or higher  
  • Courses must be letter graded. Credit/No credit, Pass/Fail, etc. courses are not acceptable.
  • Students must earn a C‐ or higher in all courses used for the minor.  
  • Students must earn a 2.20 GPA or higher overall in minor courses.  
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at Cabrini University.
  • As with all minors, minor courses may be used to fill core curriculum requirements.  
  • Minors cannot overlap goals and curriculum of any existing minor, concentration, track or certificate at the University.  
  • A maximum of two courses for the minor may be requirements of the student’s major(s)/other minor(s).

The Committee will meet within 15 business days following submission of the proposal and the student will be informed whether  the proposal was:  

  1. approved as written  
  2. approved with required modifications, or  
  3. not approved within five business days following the Committee meeting and vote  

The Committee meets only during the fall and spring semesters. 

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