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Randy Hanson
Academic Dean & Professor
School of Business & Social Sciences

Self-Designed Major

Find Your Passion

Cultivate your love of learning while developing the abilities necessary for a satisfying career in a world of rapidly changing skill requirements with a self-designed major.

Life is Full of Choices

Explore how various disciplines can inform you on complex issues while you develop expertise in critical and creative thinking, interdisciplinary research, problem solving, the integration of diverse perspectives, and oral and written communication.

"As a self-design major, you are in control and encouraged to shape your studies based on your interests. I was able to create my own academic path focused on my interest in historical narrative and fiction."

Sydney Hammond ’19 – Assistant Manager of Education and
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The self-designed program provides you with a broad liberal arts foundation plus opportunities for in-depth study in multiple academic areas. You can build a program that centers on your interests with the minor of your choice, or combine your studies with a concentration in art history, global affairs, social justice, or technology and society.

The self-designed major is all about lifetime learning and career exploration. Through coursework and close collaboration with the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, two required internships and a senior Capstone project, you will develop a broad body of knowledge and valuable professional skills. The major emphasizes development of a broad body of integrated knowledge and essential skills as well as written and verbal communication, which prepares you to deal with a world of changing professions and skill requirements.

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Celebrate Scholarship

The annual scholars’ symposium is an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired during your years of study at Colby-Sawyer. The event brings students, faculty and staff together to celebrate scholarship and exceptional projects and presentations are recognized with Capstone awards.