Proposal Outline

Defining your... purpose or mission is only the first step to knowing where you are going in the future. This journey is one of discovery. It cannot be deduced by looking at the external environment. You come to understand it only by looking inside. It has to be authentic. You cannot fake it. It is an exercise that enables you to create a clear picture of how you will advance into an uncertain future. By defining your purpose and then working to discover your values and vision, you become clear about how you will remain steadfast to your purpose and values.

The proposal outlined below should be at least two pages in length. It should carefully delineate your vision of your career plans and how your unique abilities equip you to pursue these plans. The following questions are meant to guide your narrative.  Please do not use these as a Q&A outline for the proposal.

Some things to consider:

  1. What do you want to do?
  2. How did you come to be interested in this? (Includes background, values, talents, aptitude, etc)
  3. What will your program title be?
  4. What academic departments and/or outside colleges will be used? How is each relevant to the goal? How are these concentrations interrelated? Use examples. Include any life experience.
  5. What do you expect to learn while completing your proposed curriculum?
  6. The university encourages and supports research and internship opportunities. When you are writing your proposal, please include any research or internship opportunities you feel would enrich your undergraduate experience.
  7. Are you preparing for graduate or professional school? Do you know what is required for admission? If so, will the program you propose prepare you to be a competitive candidate?
  8. If you're not preparing for grad/prof school, what's next after the B.A.? What are your long term goals, not only what you want to do but how you want to live your life?

The draft may be reviewed by either the Liberal Studies advisor or by the University Writing Center. Once you have preliminary approval from Dr. Hale and a draft of your proposal, you will plan your entire curriculum with the Liberal Studies advisor. This template will be attached to your final draft in preparation for your meeting with Dr. Hale.

Individualized Major - Liberal Studies Program

  1. To design a program, choose three to five concentrations to combine in a unified and interrelated course of study. Concentration are blocks of courses from undergraduate departments or programs. The first concentration must be a College of Arts and Sciences approved minor.
  2. Create a title for your program that unifies your concentrations ( e.g., Art Education for the Hearing Impaired).
  3. Define the general goals of your program: educational and/or professional. Specify how your chosen concentrations work together to support your goal. How does an independent major (vs. a single discipline) better serve your intent?
  4. Provide a brief personal statement explaining your background, interests and influences. How are you uniquely qualified to pursue this field and to be successful within it?
  5. A curriculum plan must be attached to the proposal. You and the Liberal Studies Program advisor work together to design your curriculum.

Individualized Major - Middle Grades Education Focus

If you are a transfer student interested in preparing for the MAT in Middle Grades Education, please contact the program advisor ( for more information.