About Western

Miami University's Western Program is dedicated to developing students as independent thinkers with the skills to address the complex challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Classes taught by Western Program faculty engage students in interdisciplinary thinking and form a foundation for individualized and integrated study that draws from the humanities, sciences, arts, social sciences, and professional programs.


"Miami University is known for its exceptional commitment to undergraduate research and education…that focus is ramped up for the Western Program, the university's Individualized Studies major…Students in the Western Program work directly with faculty mentors to develop an independent, interdisciplinary course of study intended to strengthen their skills beyond a conventional liberal arts education."

- from College Consensus' 50 Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things

"Western's something truly unique to Miami, and I think it served as a home away from home for a lot of us here."
- Cole Tyman

That's So Western Video Transcript

photo of Nicholas P. Money

"Miami's Western Program provides an academic home for students committed to a high degree of personal responsibility for their educational growth. The individualized plan of study is supported by a suite of core classes that teach students how to approach complex questions by critical thinking and objective analysis from multiple perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach is one of the foundations of the Western Program. Additional learning outcomes reinforced by the degree include student mastery of written and verbal communication. These professional skills position our graduates to take full advantage of the opportunities of the modern international workplace."

- Nicholas P. Money, Director

The program is centered in historic Peabody Hall where students and faculty work as members of a diverse community of motivated peers. The Western Program values that diversity as well as discovery, creativity, risk-taking, co-curricular learning, and active citizenship.

If you are intellectually adventurous, independently minded, and eager to participate in an exciting new program, then designing a unique course of study with the support of Western faculty might be right for you!