Special Majors

In addition to majors in the traditional arts and sciences disciplines, UMW offers a special major program. A student with their faculty advisor may design a special major program by selecting, from two or more departments, courses that define a coherent field of concentration. Examples of recently-approved special majors are listed below. Any student interested in developing a special major program must apply to the Curriculum Committee prior to completing 15 credits in the proposed special major program. The approval of the Committee is required before a special major program can be undertaken. BA/BS students and BLS students follow different procedures for the approval of a special major.

The following is a list of approved special majors:

  • African American Studies
  • Arts Management
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Communication
  • Conflict, Politics, and National Policy
  • Human Development
  • International Business
  • Italian Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women’s Studies

special major application coversheet & checklist  2014-15

Procedures for approval of a special major for BA/BS students

Procedures for approval of a special major for BLS students