The Student-Faculty Designed Major allows students to consult with faculty and design individualized majors to meet educational goals that are not served by existing majors at Western. Programs may have either an academic or pre-professional focus.

Students who wish to explore the option of a Student-Faculty Designed Major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences should first review the SFDM Policies and Procedures page.

After reviewing the document, interested students should contact the Department of Global Humanities and Religions (email or visit BH 152) to schedule a meeting with the Chair of the department, Dr. Kimberly Lynn.

The meeting with Dr. Lynn is for initial advising, and students should come to the meeting with a draft of the Description of Major and Plan of Study (as described in the Policies and Procedures) and a 1-2 page draft rationale and explanation of the proposed major.


Please note that the SFDM Description of Major and Plan of Study is a pdf form that can be completed and saved using Adobe Reader X.

2022-2023 CHSS Curriculum Council Meetings

Fall Quarter

Thursday, September 29, 2022 4-5:30pm 

Thursday, October 6, 2022 4-5:30pm  

Thursday, October 27, 2022 4-5:30pm 

Thursday, November 3, 2022 4-5:30pm 

Thursday, November 17, 2022 4-5:30pm 

Thursday, December 1, 2022 4-5:30pm




Winter Quarter

Thursday, January 12, 2023 4-5:30pm

Thursday, January 19, 2023 4-5:30pm 

Thursday, January 26, 2023 4-5:30pm

Spring Quarter

Thursday, April 13, 2023 4-5:30pm

Thursday, April 27, 2023 4-5:30pm