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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. 

Requirements for a Self-Designed Concentration I

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

  • Include at least five (5) classes, totalling at least fifteen (15) credit hours
  • Include at least two (2) different disciplines in the selected courses
  • Not replicate a degree already offered by Miami University

In addition to the general requirements noted above, students must also meet the following requirements in terms of minimum course level. In general, we recommend students select classes with higher course levels:

  • Include at least one (1) course at the 400-level
  • Include at least one (1) course at the 300-level or higher
  • Include two (2) courses at the 200-level or higher
  • May include one (1) 100-level or 200-level introduction course or higher

Requirements for a Self-Designed Concentration II

If a student elects to self-design Concentration II, their course selection must meet the following general requirements, which differ slightly from Concentration I:

  • Include at least three (3) classes, totalling at least nine (9) credit hours
  • Not replicate a degree already offered by Miami University
  • A self-designed Concentration II should have at least one (1) discipline represented in the selected courses; however, we do recommend students integrate two (2) different discplines into Concentration II when possible. Please note that only one (1) discipline overlap between Concentration I and Concentration II is allowed and this overlap may not be the same class. The SPRC generally rejects SEOs that have significant departmental/discipline overlaps between the first and second concentration, as these overlaps do not allow for true integrative study to occur.

In addition to the general requirements noted above for a self-designed Concentration II, students must also meet the following requirements in terms of minimum course level. In general, we recommend students select classes with higher course levels:

  • Include at least one (1) course at the 300-level or higher
  • Include one (1) course at the 200-level or higher
  • May include one (1) 100-level or 200-level introduction course or higher

Rationale for a Self-Designed Concentration

In general, Self-Designed Concetrations 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.