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Self-Designed

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Overview

Self-designed majors are for the mature student with special interests and abilities and the motivation to design a unique major not available through existing college programs.

Self-designed majors should be structured out of courses from different academic departments or disciplines, supplemented in most cases by independent study. The student’s academic ability, motivation, justification and coherence in planning will be considered when a proposal for a self-designed major is evaluated for approval.

Complete information regarding self-designed majors is located in the Ripon College Catalog. Please contact the Office of the Registrar with questions.


Program Spotlight

Faculty

Andrea Young

Andrea N. Young

Vice President of Finance and Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

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Andrew Prellwitz

Andrew Prellwitz

Director of Lane Library, Associate Librarian, User Services

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Ann Pleiss Morris

Ann Pleiss Morris

Associate Professor of English

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Barbara McGowan

Barbara McGowan

Professor of History Emerita, Delmar D. Wensink Professor of Political Economy

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Barbara Sisson

Barbara Sisson

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Health Professions Advising Committee

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Benjamin R. Grady

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Brett Barwick

Brett Barwick

Associate Professor of Physics, Harrison E. Farnsworth 1918 Endowed Chair in Physics

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Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Brian Bockelman

Associate Professor of History, Chair of History Department

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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Professor of Religion Emeritus

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Brittany Followay

Brittany Followay

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Changsok Isaac Sung

Assistant Professor of Computer and Data Science

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Charles Stephan

Charles Stephan

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Cello, Bass)

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Christina Othon

Associate Professor of Physics

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Colleen Byron

Colleen Byron

Professor of Chemistry, L. Leone Oyster 1919 Chair in Chemistry

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David W. Scott

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Chair of Mathematical Sciences Department

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Dawn Betler

Adjunct Instructor of Educational Studies

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Dean Katahira

Dean Katahira

Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

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Deb Mackenzie

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Piano)

Diane Mockridge

Professor of History

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Dominique Poncelet

Dominique Poncelet

Professor of French and Francophone Studies

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Eddie R. Lowry Jr.

Eddie Lowry Jr.

Professor of Greek, Professor of Latin, Marie Zarwell Uihlein Chair in Classical Studies

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel

Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science

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Erin Munro-Krull

Erin C. Munro Krull

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and the Mark and Janice Franzen Professorship in Applied Mathematics

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Erin K. Bryan

Assistant Professor of Music and Voice Area Coordinator

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Zhang Fan

Fan Zhang

Assistant Professor of Business Management

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Geoff Guevara-Geer

Geoff Guevara-Geer

Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair of Foreign Languages and Cultures Department

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Skip Wittler

George “Skip” Wittler

Professor Emeritus of Biology, Director of Ceresco Conservancy

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Henrik Schatzinger

Henrik Schatzinger

Associate Professor of Politics and Government, Chair of Politics and Government Department

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Ian Stepleton

Adjunct Instructor

Israel Schaeffer

Captain, Military Science Department

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Jacqueline Clark

Jacqueline Clark

Professor of Sociology

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Jean Rigden

Director of Teacher Education

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Jeanne Williams

Jeanne Williams

Professor of Educational Studies Emerita

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Jeremy Eaton

Assistant Professor of Military Science, Sergeant First Class

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Jessica A. Jensen

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Brass)

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Jody Roy

Jody Roy

Professor of Communication, The Victor and Carrie Palmer Endowed Chair for Leadership Values

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Joe Hatcher

Joe Hatcher

Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Psychology Department, Pieper Family Chair of Servant Leadership

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John Dalziel

Associate Professor of Theatre, Chair of Theatre Department

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John Sisko

John Sisko

Professor of Philosophy, Vice President and Dean of Faculty

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Joseph Scanlon

Joseph Scanlon

Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Chemistry Department

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Julia Meyers-Manor

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Kenneth Hill

Professor of Theatre, Acting Chair of Music Department

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Kenneth L. Bates

Adjunct Professor of Educational Studies

Kristine Kovack-Lesh

Kristine Kovack-Lesh

Professor of Psychology

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Kyle Cordas

Captain, Assistant Professor of Military Science

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Lamont Colucci

Lamont Colucci

Professor of Politics and Government

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Lorna Sopcak

Professor of German Emerita

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Marc Eaton

Marc Eaton

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Department

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Marc Sackman

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Flute)

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Mark Kainz

Mark Kainz

Professor of Biology, Associate Dean for the Catalyst Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Patricia and Philip McCullough Class of 1969 Professor in Biology

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Mary Unger

Mary Unger

Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department, Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Program

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Matthew Knoester

Associate Professor of Educational Studies

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McKenzie Lamb

McKenzie Lamb

Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

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Megan Gannon

Associate Professor of English

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Memuna Khan

Memuna Khan

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Biology Department

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Michael Lieske

Recruiting/Scholarship Officer, Fox Valley ROTC Department

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Mikayla Huesman

Assistant Coach of Women's Soccer

Adjunct Instructor of Music Mishan Han

Mishan Han

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Orchestra Conductor

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Mollie Oblinger
Nicholas Eastman

Nicholas Eastman

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

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Patrick Willoughby

Patrick Willoughby

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Paul Jeffries

Paul Jeffries

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Philosophy Department

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Peter Sensenbrenner

Adjunct Professor of Business Management

Rafael Francisco Salas

Rafael Francisco Salas

Professor of Art and Chair of Art Department

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Rebecca Matzke

Rebecca Berens Matzke

Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Ralph Hale Ruppert Distinguished Professor of History

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Assistant Coach of Football

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Robert Amsden

Robert Amsden

Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Doreen '73 and David Chemerow Chair in Theatre

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Robert Wallace

Robert Wallace

Professor of Biology Emeritus

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Robin Forbes-Lorman

Robin Forbes-Lorman

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Robin Woods

Robin Woods

Professor of English

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Sahnya Thom

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

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Sami Woolson

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sandra Polcyn

Sandra Polcyn

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Oboe, Bassoon)

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Sarah Desotell

Sarah Desotell

Adjunct Professor of Physics

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Sarah Frohardt-Lane

Sarah Frohardt-Lane

Associate Professor of History, Chair of American Studies

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Sarah Mahler Kraaz

Professor of Music Emerita

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Soren Hauge

Soren Hauge

John Barlow Murray ’37 and Nellie Weiss Murray ’37 Professor in Economics, Chair of Economics and Business Management Department

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Steve Martin '96

Steven Martin

Professor of Communication, Chair of Communication Department, Mentor for Oral Communication and Collaboration Skills (Catalyst Curriculum)

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Steven Sorenson

Adjunct Professor of Politics and Government

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Steven Stellmacher

Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Science

Susan Hill

Susan McDaniel Hill

Costume Designer and Shop Supervisor

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Thomas Ivey

Chair of Military Science Department

Tom Keuler

Thomas Keuler

Instructor of Business Management, CPA

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Timothy Reed

Timothy Reed

Professor of Spanish

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Tobin C. Shucha

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Education and Bands

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Todd Truesdale

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Percussion, Voice, Musicology)

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Tom Hamami

Tom Hamami

John Barlow Murray '37 and Nellie Weiss Murray '37 Professor of Economics

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Touorizou Hervé Somé

Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Chair of Educational Studies Department

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Travis Nygard

Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Caestecker Art Gallery

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Ursula M. Dalinghaus

Visiting Professor of Anthropology

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William Nelson

William Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Saxophone)

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Zach Messitte

President, Professor of Politics and Government

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Advising

Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Past Self-Designed Majors

  • Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies
  • Classical Languages
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability Justice
  • Ethnobotany
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Journalism/Media Studies
  • Library Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication Management
  • Museum Studies
  • Music Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational and Persuasive Communication
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Psychology of Deaf Culture
  • Psychology of Social Issues
  • Roman Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Sports Psychology
  • Studies in Documentary Video
  • Studies in Mass Media Communications
  • Studies in Organizational and Team Leadership
  • Virtual Narrative and Design
  • Women's and Gender Studies