|Self-designing a major at Centre
RELEASED: May 1, 2003
DANVILLE, KYJunior Megan Breier wanted to pursue a career as a special events planner when she transferred to Centre last year. She also knew Centre didn't officially offer a specific major in event planning, business or journalism.
Realizing she wasn't bound to the majors listed in the catalog, Breier took advantage of the Centre option that allows a student to create his or her own major.
"You're here [in college] to do what you want to do," Breier said. "Just because there isn't a major named business or communications, don't think you can't do it."
Combining elements of anthropology, government and psychology, Breier, along with her advisor, Professor of Government Bill Garriott, put together an academic plan to meet the college's liberal arts objectives as well as her own.
Breier developed a major called "communications and culture."
As a part of her academic program, Breier is required to complete upper-level classes in each of several disciplines within her major. She'll also complete an internship assisting with public relations for the Southeastern Theatre Conference under the guidance of Tony Haigh, Centre professor of dramatic arts and president-elect to the theater organization.
Breier said the key in making the process easier is finding a good advisor who's supportive and understands what the student wants to accomplish.
According to Breier, a native of Northern Kentucky, designing her own major has made her more interested in her studies, and she's better able to connect material between classes and to her career goals.
"I don't get bored with my classes," she said. "I would definitely advise someone to design their own major."
Other recent student-designed majors include medieval studies, education and the culture of learning, Japanese studies, religion and education, and physics and metaphysics.
Learn how you can design your own major at http://www.centre.edu/web/admission/publications/majorsatcentre.html.
For more information about majors at Centre or other academic programs, contact the Admission Office at (800) 423-6236 or e-mail email@example.com.
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