A first year student entering the College may declare the Contemporary Arts major in provisional status. Upon the completion of 32 credits, the student may declare the major in permanent status through the following process:
After an initial consultation with the Convener of the major, each student will be assigned to work in developing a course of study with a faculty member who is most knowledgeable in the area of the student’s interest.
Students are required to complete the major proposal process, explaining their academic interests, career goals and giving their major a title.
This includes submitting to the Convener:
- One-page written summary that answers the following questions: Statement of goals– What skills do you want to graduate with? What would you like to be prepared to accomplish? Relationship of Interdisciplinary Studies- Explain how you will synthesize your different disciplines. Provide examples of how you will apply skills and ideas from one area of study to another to meet your academic and future career goals.
- Preliminary list of courses- This list should include all courses that are related to your field of study. The list should be longer than the number of courses you will actually take.
In consultation with an advisor, students will create an advisor agreement, laying out a tentative cycle of courses, learning outcomes, and advisement schedule.
Schedule an appointment and meet with the Convener of the major to discuss these and to review the requirements of the major.
Complete the change of major form with the Convener.
Upon reaching a threshold of 96 credits, students will be asked to write a one-page reflection on their experience in the major.
Transfer students should follow the same process, but should plan to meet with the Convener before they attend an orientation on campus in order to select appropriate first semester courses at Ramapo.
Note: Students may not declare the Contemporary Arts major if they will have completed 96 credits by the end of the current semester. At least six of the “open choice” courses must be within the School of Contemporary Arts.
A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required to transfer into the major from another major.
Advisement: Once you have declared the major, you will be assigned to work with a faculty advisor to develop a course sequencing plan that will serve to guide your course selection. You are expected to meet with your faculty advisor at least once every semester. Your course sequencing plan will remain flexible until you apply for graduation. At least half of the credits applied to your major must be earned from courses taken in the School of Contemporary Arts.