Self-Designed Concentration

Students may design a customized primary and/or secondary concentration tailored to their educational goals. In order to self-design their concentration, students must identify a set of courses and develop a rationale that explains how these courses will work together as a unit of study. Self-designed concentrations must involve multidisciplinary approaches and include at least one 400-level course, the same as standard concentrations. The course list and rationale must be submitted for approval to the SEO Petition and Review Committee (SPRC), the group that oversees the BIS curriculum. 

Guidelines for Self-Designed Concentrations

If a student elects to self-design their concentrations, their course selection must meet the following general requirements:

  • Concentrations must include at least five classes and at least 15 credit hours.
  • Across the two concentrations, no subject code (e.g., ENG, STC, WGS) may be used more than five times.
  • Course level minimums: self-designed concentrations may include at most one class (3 – 4 credits) at the 100 level and must include at least one class (3 – 4 credits) at the 300-level and one class (3 – 4 credits) at the 400-level or higher.
  • A Minor may be used for Concentration 2.
  • The Thematic Sequence must be different from the concentrations, i.e., no subject code used in the TS may appear in Concentration 1 or Concentration 2.
  • Concentrations must not replicate a degree already offered by Miami University.

Rationale for a Self-Designed Concentration

In general, Self-Designed Concentrations are held to higher expectations in terms of the rationale supporting the SEO. Because students are, in essence, creating part of their degree from Miami University, we expect that students support their proposed program of study with extensive research and clearly articulate how their choices will provide them with a BIS degree that will help them reach their personal and professional goals.