Student & Alumni Profiles

Since the Individualized Major Program was founded in 1969, more than 1,200 students have seized the opportunity to design their own majors or minors. A few of them are featured below. Their fields of interest are varied, but they all have something in common: the initiative, independence, and creativity to forge their own academic paths.

Deepti Bansal on a bridge in the rainforest

Deepti Bansal, BS'16

Minor: Business and the Environment

Deepti created her own business that keeps textiles out of landfills and contributes to reforestation efforts in Costa Rica. Read more about Deepti.

Jenny Huang

Jenny Huang, BS'17, BA'17

Major: Social and Cultural Analysis

Jenny's dedication to research, storytelling, and public service have served her well as a policy associate in the office of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and beyond. Read more about Jenny.

Andrew McLaren Columbia University headshot

Andrew McLaren, BA'14

Major: Islamic Studies

Andrew discovered a passion for religious studies in a freshman seminar and forged his own path to pursue it. Read more about Andrew.

Morgan Mohr on the South Lawn of the White House with the Obama family's pet dogs

Morgan Mohr, BA'17

Major: Feminist Policy

Morgan's interest in "the politicized dimensions of feminism" has led her to testify before Indiana lawmakers, intern at the White House, and even assist in the creation of a political party. Read more about Morgan.

Mohsin Mukhtar at the United Nations

Mohsin Mukhtar, BA'13

Major: International Healthcare and Public Policy

Mohsin studied healthcare economics in Spain, interned on Wall Street, and researched medicine in developing countries with the United Nations. Read more about Mohsin.

Will Shortz against a background of crossword squares

Will Shortz, BA'74

Major: Enigmatology

Professional puzzler Will Shortz is editor of Games magazine, NPR's puzzlemaster, and the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times. Read more about Will.

Sara Swan working in a garden

Sara Swan, BA'14

Major: Sustainable Food Security

Sara worked with high school students and administrators in Indianapolis to revive a neglected school garden and teach students about farming. Read more about Sara.

Robert Zimmerman on a mountain

Robert Zimmerman, BA'11

Major: Scandinavian Culture and Language

Robert traveled to Oslo to conduct research for his final project, a comparison of the Norwegian and Swedish welfare systems. Read more about Robert.

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