Academic Programs

Associate Degree Programs

Associate of Arts and Sciences
Business Administration (Associate of Science)
Food and Agriculture (Associate of Science)
Hospitality and Tourism Management (Associate of Science)
Pre-Engineering (Associate of Science)

Bachelor Degree Programs


Agricultural Education
Animal Science
Applied Computing1
Art - Art Education See Fine Arts - Art Education
Art - Art See Fine Arts - Art
Art - Graphic Design See Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Art - Studio Art See Fine Arts - Studio Art
Broad Field Science
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Criminal Justice
Dairy Science
Data Science
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Horticulture
Environmental Science and Conservation
Fine Arts - Art Education
Fine Arts - Art
Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Fine Arts - Studio Art
Fine Arts - Theatre
Foreign Language (German and Spanish)
Forensic Investigation
German - See Foreign Language
German Education - See Foreign Language
Health and Human Performance
Human Resource Management
Individually Contracted Major
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Technology Management
Integrated Marketing
Integrated Supply Chain Management
Interdisciplinary Philosophy
Mechanical Engineering
Philosophy - See Interdisciplinary Philosophy
Political Science
Professional Sales
Reclamation, Environment and Conservation
Social Sciences Comprehensive-Teaching and Non-teaching
Software Engineering
Soil and Crop Science
Spanish - See Foreign Language
Spanish Education - See Foreign Language
Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems
Technology Education
Theatre – See Fine Arts - Theatre

A complete listing of majors and minors approved for teaching licensure can be found under the School of Education.


Agricultural and Industrial Engineering Technology
Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality
Animal Science
Applied Statistics
Art - Art History
Art – Fine Arts
Art - Theatre
Biology - Secondary Education
Business Administration
Computer Science
Construction Management
Construction Safety
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Dairy Science
Data Science
Drafting and Product Development Technology
English – Secondary Education
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Environmental Horticulture
Environmental Science
Ethnic Studies
Forensic Investigation
French – Secondary Education
Geographic Information Systems
German – Secondary Education
Health Education2
Health Promotion
History – Secondary Education - See Social Sciences (Comprehensive)
Human Resource Management
Industrial Control Systems Technology
International Studies
Mathematics – Middle Level Teachers
Mathematics – Secondary Education
Metals Processing Technology
Music Theatre
Natural Science
Occupational Safety Management
Plastics Processing Technology
Political Science
Production and Manufacturing Management
Social and Environmental Justice
Social Sciences (Comprehensive)
Soil and Crop Science
Spanish – Secondary Education
Special Education/Inclusion
Sports Management
Supply Chain Management
Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Licensure
Women’s and Gender Studies

Individually Contracted Major

Coordinator: Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education
Office: 160 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1151


The purpose of the individually contracted major is to afford an individualized source of study to students who are unable to fulfill important educational and/or career goals via the existing majors.


  1. The student will self-assess personal, educational and occupational goals.
  2. The student will review the existing major and minor programs.
  3. The student will determine and demonstrate that existing majors and minors will not fulfill the student’s goals.
  4. The student will employ critical thinking to prepare, with the assistance of an advisor and a committee of faculty, a detailed individually contracted major specifically tailored to that student’s needs.
  5. The student will master the coursework and content of the agreed-upon major.
  6. The student will develop increased self-knowledge, occupational knowledge, creativity, flexibility and organizational skill.

Students sometimes find that the selection of a major does not fit their own unique interests or career plans. Instead, their needs can best be served by an individualized course sequence composed of offerings from several departments or even from more than one college within the university. To accommodate such students, the College of Liberal Arts and Education offers the individually contracted major. Students, working closely with faculty members, propose and develop a course of study that will lead to the fulfillment of their personal educational goals.

The following process sets forth the steps by which students can plan and pursue an individualized course sequence constituting the equivalent of a conventional major. At the same time, it provides a means by which the faculty can monitor students’ planning and subsequent activities to ensure that they meet the standard requirements for a degree. The process culminates in an agreement which sets forth the details of the proposed major.

Step One

Any sophomore or junior with a 3.0 or higher grade point average may select a member of the faculty of the college who is willing to be the advisor. With the advisor’s assistance, the student drafts a preliminary proposal which includes four elements:

  1. A justification of the projected major (including evidence both of the validity of the proposed program and of the unavailability of suitable alternatives)
  2. A rationale for the program
  3. Evidence of the student’s capability to conduct independent study
  4. A statement of the likely acceptability of the projected major to graduate schools or potential employers. The preliminary proposal is then presented to the coordinator

Step Two

The coordinator, after confirming the completeness of the proposal, may help the student bring together a suitable committee of at least three faculty members, a majority of whom are from the College of LAE. One member of the committee serves as chairperson. The coordinator forwards the student’s proposal to the committee chairperson for review.

Step Three

The committee reviews the proposal, and if it is acceptable, requests that the student submit a more detailed proposal.

Step Four

The student consults with his or her advisor and the members of the committee to develop the detailed proposal. The proposal contains a rationale and includes a complete list of courses which will be taken, the formal course descriptions and sequencing of courses where applicable. The proposal also contains a thorough report on the acceptability of the major to employers or graduate schools, depending on the student’s long term goals. The complete proposal is reviewed by the committee which can approve it, send it back for revisions or reject it.

Step Five

The committee chairperson forwards the approved proposal to the coordinator who reviews it to make sure that college and university requirements are met. The coordinator may approve the proposal, send it back to the committee for changes or reject it. Upon the coordinator’s approval, an agreement is signed between the student and the college, and information is forwarded to the appropriate offices.