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About the Independent Program

The Independent Program is available to students at Vassar College who wish to elect a field of concentration that is not provided by one of the regular departments, interdepartmental concentrations, or multidisciplinary concentrations of the college.

Prospective majors make formal application to the Committee on the Independent Program, usually during their sophomore year. Once admitted to the Independent Program, each student follows the agreed upon course of study, culminating in the senior thesis, under the continuing guidance of two faculty advisors.

The range of possible major concentrations is impressive, a variety that is made possible both by the breadth of Vassar's curriculum and by access to courses at other institutions through various international and domestic study away programs.