Majors & Programs

Individually-Designed Interdisciplinary Program (BA/BS)

Create your own major by combining courses from different departments.

Students at Emerson can combine virtually any major with any minor to expand upon their course of study – but for those wishing to pursue an even more specific academic path, there is another option as well. 

In the Individually-Designed Interdisciplinary Program (IDIP), qualified students may design their own major by combining courses from two or more departments, or from a department and the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, around an anchoring concept or theme.

Students can apply to be part of this program after they've begun their studies at Emerson. Once they begin designing their own major in the IDIP, they enlist an advisory team of two faculty members from different departments to provide support and guidance along the way.

Here are some examples of past individually-designed majors:

  • Global Activism and Advocacy
  • Effective Marketing through Digital Media Design
  • Politics, Performance and Social Advocacy
  • Investigative Theater for Social Change
  • International Communications
  • Photojournalism and Magazine Writing
  • Art Criticism

Carve out your own academic niche in the Individually-Designed Interdisciplinary Program.