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2006-2007 Spotlight Archives

Opportunity to Create Your Own Major at Pitzer

Morena Calvo and Colin RobertsColin Roberts and Morena Calvo, both sophomores, have created their own majors at Pitzer College. Roberts is a double major in Political Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, the latter of which he created. Roberts, a member of Pitzer's Mock Trial Team, said he selected Pitzer for its strong Political Studies program in addition to wanting to attend a liberal arts college. Calvo, a member of the swim team, created a unique major—Romance Languages—that includes Spanish, Italian and French languages.

excerpted from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 2/19/07
Sahra Suman, Staff Writer

At least half the students who enter college change their majors at least once, and some switch it up to three times.

But what if they didn't have to select a major? What if, rather than trying to find the perfect fit, they created a major that fit them?

Pitzer College student Colin Roberts, 19, said he fell in love with mediation, and decided to create his own major — Peace and Conflict Studes — by modeling his curriculum on similar programs offered at other colleges.

"The great thing about the Claremont Colleges, and Pitzer in particular, is the academic freedom they offer and the ability to choose my own path."

Pitzer College sophomore Morena Calvo studies Spanish, Italian and French languages under the major she created — Romance Languages.

Although she should have easily majored in Spanish at another university, Calvo said Pitzer offered her the ability to have an intercultural understanding of European languages by creating her own major.

Barry Sysler, who 10 years ago became an independent educational consultant in Langhorne, Penn., said students who create their own majors were better qualified to work in a competitive market if they had properly researched the field and taken the righ background courses and internships.