The Western Program
at Miami University
A Message from the Director
Fall 2012 marks the beginning of the third year of operations for the Individualized Studies: Western Program. We have made some spectacular advances since August 2010 when we welcomed our first incoming class. With more than 50 undergraduate majors at the time of writing, we are excited by the breadth of interests served by the individualized, or personalized, plan of study that defines each student's degree.
These interests range from sustainable energy technologies to the philosophy of science; from media representations of popular culture, to the fashion and advertising industries. The diversity of study areas is limited only by one's imagination.
Miami's Western Program provides an academic home for students committed to a high degree of personal responsibility for their educational growth. The individualized plan of study is supported by a suite of core classes that teach students how to approach complex questions by critical thinking and objective analysis from multiple perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach is one of the foundations of the Western Program. Additional learning outcomes reinforced by the degree include student mastery of written and verbal communication. These professional skills position our graduates to take full advantage of the opportunities of the modern international workplace.
Western Program offices are located in historic Peabody Hall. Peabody is a mixed-usage space that includes student residences, administrative and faculty offices, the Leonard Theater, and the Western Inquiry Center. This is the hub of a vibrant community of student scholars and committed faculty and staff. I welcome your interest in Western and recommend that you visit us to learn more about the program.
Nicholas P. Money