Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Western, life as a Western student, and more.

Audrey Lipps

(Class of 2019)

photo of Audrey LippsEveryone should check out a class in the Western Program and see how they like it. It's very different from the general Miami experience! The professors are very open, honest, and flexible, which is crucial because you really need to be motivated to be a Western major. You don't have the explicit structure and guidelines that many other Miami majors give, but you can really build on any sort of major or discipline that you want!


See what Audrey had to say about her research in Hawaii and her internship in the Netherlands.


Marla Guggenheimer

(Class of 2017)

photo of Marla GuggenheimerBeing part of the Western Program has truly been the best thing for me about Miami, because of the freedom to create my own individualized major. You form your course of study as it relates to your specific interest, and this makes it relevant, interesting, and exciting to learn—after all, you're learning the things that you're most passionate about!


Read what Marla had to say about her commitment to promoting environmentally-sustainable thought and practice.


Rowland Taylor

(Class of 2017)

photo of Rowland TaylorSince I was already beginning to think in an interdisciplinary way on my own, the Western Program seemed like a great fit. I just didn't think I could study just one major and fulfill my academic goals in 4 years, but Western has given me a way to accomplish that.


Read what Rowland had to say about the path to his self-designed Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies major.