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Pursue your unique passion and forge your own educational path with an individualized major.

  • Select the courses that fulfill your unique vision
  • Gain real-world skills through optional internships
  • Receive extensive guidance from expert advisors
  • Thrive in a community focused on personal growth

Are you highly motivated?

With our Individualized Major, you’ll mold classes from our existing programs along with internship options into a one-of-a-kind degree that fulfills your own personal vision.

Some Individualized Majors our students have designed include:

  • Consciousness-Based Community Development
  • Agro-ecology & Sustainability
  • Creativity for Social Change

You can also blend majors together to graduate sooner by focusing specifically on your area of interest. You’ll be guided through the creation process of your major by an academic advisor who will help you every step of the way.

How it works

After you enroll at MIU you create a written proposal summarizing your proposed major and its set of courses. Courses in the Individualized Major are flexible as you progress, allowing your degree to grow with your vision. Students with a large number of transfer credits can be fast-tracked into the Individualized Major soon after arrival on campus.

See how it all connects

At the end of your program, you’ll prepare a senior thesis tying together what you’ve learned. Through our unique system of Consciousness-Based education, you’ll connect at the deepest level everything you’ve learned and see how it fits into your own life.

Our close-knit campus community will support your personal and academic growth, providing a positive, encouraging environment where you can become your best self.

Transcendental Meditation

All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation technique daily. This effortless, evidence-based technique has been found to enhance practical intelligence and creativity, promote clear, insightful thinking, and greatly reduce stress. Learn more ➤

Learn more about the Individualized Major

To learn more about designing your own Individualized Major, please contact the program director, Paula Armstrong:

Phone: (641) 470-1384


Professor Armstrong advises students in the Individualized Major and is also Director of Academic Support. She was Chair of the MIU Education Department and Director of Teacher Education from 2012 to 2017.

“Instead of molding myself into a major, I wanted to create a major that expresses who I am. I’m able to pick courses that are immediately applicable, so I can start using what I learned immediately. I really appreciate that.”

— Aditi Gentsch

Individualized Major

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