Students with a specific interest that does not match a pre-existing concentration may elect to create their own customized concentration that meets their personal interests and goals. The concentration must have a focused theme that is significantly different than the concentrations that have already been approved (e.g. you cannot propose an individualized concentration to avoid one or two of the courses in an existing concentration). The individualized concentration will consist of a series of courses with increasing specificity or depth within a field, typically culminating in one or more senior level courses. It will normally consist of four or more three-credit courses (minimum of 12 credits).* It may be external to or within engineering.
How to Propose a Self-Directed Concentration:
Students interested in this option will write up their own plan. This must include a rationale for their concentration proposal (typically 300-500 words in length). The courses proposed for inclusion in the concentration should be specified and listed in a logical sequence. The courses must include the course name and number, catalog description, and semesters the course is typically offered. Prerequisite courses and/or major restrictions, where applicable, must also be listed for each proposed concentration-course. It may include a “menu” for some choices, similar to pre-approved concentrations (see Business Minor Concentration and CU Teach (Physics) Concentration as examples). It is expected that the proposal will precede the student taking the courses included in the concentration.**
You should share your draft proposal with the e+ advisor (Otha Barrow) for feedback and potential revision. After you both deem the proposal to be complete, it will be provided to the e+ faculty for review. The review will be returned with one of three results:
- Returned with comments for revision
- Rejected, with explanation
If the outcome of the individualized concentration proposed is (2), the student may elect to revise in accordance with the suggested changes or not pursue the individualized concentration further. If the student elects to revise the proposal, it must be returned with a “response to review” which details each of the comments received and changes that were made as a result (or why changes were not made). The revised proposal must be re-submitted within 4 weeks along with the original proposal and comments. The revised proposal and response to comments should be reviewed with the e+ advisor (Otha Barrow) for feedback. After this review and any additional changes, the revised proposal will be reviewed by e+ faculty. At this second review the only possible outcomes are (1) approved or (3) rejected.
Note: All courses in the concentration must be taken for a grade, and the minimum grade requirement is a C.
*If you are a Military Veteran, some of your training may qualify. Contact the e+ advisor to discuss.
*If you already have an Associate’s Degree from a community college, some of that coursework may apply. Contact the e+ advisor to discuss.
**There may be an exception for 1 course if that course sparked the interest in this area. Contact the e+ advisor to discuss.