Custom-Designed Major (CSDN) alumni go on to do incredible things after graduation. CSDN graduates have furthered their education in graduate school, law school, and medical school. Some have started their own businesses while others are collaborating across the private sector.
The following is a list of CSDN alumni and a brief description of their individualized major completed during their time at Drexel University.
My major is based on the belief that interdisciplinary collaboration is key for successful efforts towards a more sustainable future. Key elements of my curriculum include design; both fashion and product, sustainability, and environmental science, chemistry and a bit of materials sciences. In order for my designs to be successful in leaving little environmental foot print, it is crucial to have an understanding of the materials used and their impacts, as well as how economic and social factors influence environmental efforts. Sustainability is not only about the environment, as most assume, but just as much about people and their quality of life. Driven by the desire to help solve our problems of over-consumption, not add to them, I designed my curriculum to prepare myself best I can with an arsenal of knowledge that will allow me to make choices that are beneficial to our world in my future designs.
My curriculum design, "Applied Mathematics & Music", follows the approach of the STEAM academic philosophy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). It combines theoretical and practical subject matter alike, dealing in math, computer science, signal processing, music theory and performance, and music industry technology. I've also spent my free time during the years pursuing an understanding of storytelling. Outside of the classroom, I take on new hobbies that I take pretty seriously (right now, it's cooking), in order to continue expanding the scope of my multi-disciplinary abilities. I work at a music technology company, Impact Soundworks, as a Software Architect for music production software used by professional composers in all industries. I am also writing the soundtrack for the aesthetic contemplative game "Sole", created by Philadelphia indie-developer Gossamer Games.
My major combines visual arts and humanities to highlight and strengthen their connections and create a unique perspective on art and humanity. One of the goals that inspired my major was to make commercial art more academic. However, this makes engaging with commercial art less accessible. For my senior project, I used my humanities background to create an effective argument for art accessibility, and I used my art background to present said argument accessibly: in a comic book.
Technology is the best friend of creative destruction. Technical co-founders sit at the crux of business, technology, and design. It is critical to be proficient in very different areas to start a successful technology company. My major does this by removing the breadth from three different fields and keeping only the certain areas of depth critical to starting a technology company. All of the classes in these areas prepare me to find a product and market, design a compelling software solution, and orchestrate its implementation.
I aim to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of our food system, from agricultural production, to retailing, to consumption, to address the ever-pressing problems of food justice, environmental degradation, and ill health that comprise our relationship with food. By studying the food system holistically through a lens of social entrepreneurship, I hope to find sustainable solutions through business as well as communication and policy measures. Our methods of producing food, our health, and the health of our environment are interconnected; food studies and entrepreneurship intends to explore these links and, in doing so, develop outcomes for a well-nourished world.
My objective is to harness the power of storytelling and the principles of business, so I can not only write and direct film, but also produce and distribute it in a way that seeks to positively impact the world in both practical and entertaining terms. An entrepreneurial skillset and approach is vital because I will found and operate my own studio, a task that will demand high expertise in both filmmaking, and in the leadership and efficiency unique to business.
The main focus of my studies is to look internationally at nutritional problems and also the politics that are involved with solving or lessening these nutritional problems around the world. I would like to focus on women's health in rural Asian and African societies. My major is a combination of Anthropology, Public Health, Political Science, Nutrition, and International Area Studies.
The goal has always been to create an educational conglomerate of traditional writing courses, expansive literature classes and a component focused on "the human condition" (i.e. psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.). I designed my major around the idea of using academia to inform my worldview and, by extension, elevate my writing. While classes and learning are of great importance to me, reading and writing themselves are top priorities. Thus, I try to leave room to foster these tools alongside classes and such. My plan for the major is to keep creating top-notch art that is beautiful and dangerous.
In order to better understand the way nature inherently creates balanced systems, I am exploring a multi-faceted approach to science and design. By looking at the natural world through a designer’s eye, the goal is to mimic the stable and self-healing systems that occur without intention. I believe that humanity will solve many of its current problems by looking to nature for solutions. Currently, I’m looking to launch a product designed to remove toxic compounds from air.
I am interested in exploring the field of Neurochemistry, which examines how neural systems are affected by chemicals. I seek to close the gap between understanding these systems at the biomolecular level and understanding how this forms the mechanism by which which organisms learn and adapt to their environments. We are defined at every stage of life by the experiences that we have, from the chemical levels of sensory input through every resultant biomolecular response that comprises our perception of it. Understanding these mechanisms that define our experience of the world is for me fundamental to understanding not just who I am as an individual, but how, despite our differences, we are all the same.
I have always been interested in the brain, particularly in regards to mental illness. Thanks to the Custom-Designed Major Program, I was able to spend my time at Drexel studying Cognitive Neuropsychology: a holistic examination of the brain and its function in relation to psychiatric conditions. Following my studies, I completed a Senior Capstone in which I investigated the prevalence of mental illness in the college population. I interviewed students in order to understand their perspectives on mental health and illness on campus, particularly at Drexel. This research demonstrated a much greater need for education about mental health for all members of the campus community. My capstone project has fueled my interest in continuing to raise awareness about mental health and becoming an advocate for those experiencing psychiatric conditions.
My major combines the areas of film, business, and music into one major that focuses on film production and creating music. I also take general business courses, such as Entrepreneurship and Accounting, to help me better understand the business of film. Knowing the business alongside the production will give me a better understanding of the industry as a whole. Since I hope to direct and score movies someday, this major is the perfect way to combine all of the areas I need to learn in a structured and concise way.
In the age of technology, there are now countless ways to tell a single story. Because of this, I’m building a major that encompasses the traditional idea and method of storytelling, in both the business and creative worlds, and how these stories can come into fruition by utilizing new and upcoming media and technology. To do this, I’m studying different aspects of the humanities and design theory, and balancing that out with various studies in digital media and web development. My mission is simple: I want to tell stories, and I want to help others tell their stories in a fun and interactive way that is appropriate for this new technology based generation.
My custom-designed major aims to draw a bridge between medical professionalism and the general public. Complex medical terminology is often difficult to understand by non-professionals and there still remains a gap today between the two areas. My major combines communications and science courses with a focus on human health, anatomy, and disease. Areas of study within my major include Biology, Communications, Public Health, Health Sciences, and Health Services Administration. With a solid STEM foundation, medical background, and communications base, I hope to use the skills learned from my major to identify, solve, and advocate for health related issues for the public while being a better physician.
Paleontology and Digital Reconstruction is the study of extinct life and use of 3D digital space to enhance the methods of paleontological research. Paleontology builds on two main disciplines: geology, to interpret the context of fossils in Earth’s history; and biology, to understand the anatomy of extinct organisms and how they lived and functioned. Digital reconstruction involves 3D scanning fossilized bones and using various methods drawing from biomechanical engineering to reach conclusions about the mechanical functionality of extinct organisms.
As a Cognitive Neuroscience major, I am interested in higher cognitive function and its underlying physiological and biological processes. Through my curriculum and co-op experiences, I aim to learn more about human cognition & behavior as well as the tools that allow us to study the brain. My curriculum consists of psychology, biology, and computer science courses, supplemented by philosophy, political science, and other humanities. By examining human cognition through multiple lenses, I aim to gain a holistic understanding of the cognitive science field and use that knowledge in applied research settings, from developing human-centered technologies to informing public policy.
Architectural Conservation and Sustainable Living comprises the theory and application of conservation ideology in the built environment. I integrate historic preservation, sustainability goals, holistic environmental theory, and social construction into the conceptual redesign and planning processes of spaces. The Custom-Designed Major provided a mentor to help me patch up my career plan, the freedom to explore what I want, and the resources to help me get there.
After graduating from a democratic alternative school, where I spent the last two years of high school, the Custom-Designed Major Program proved to be wonderful for my myriad of interests and my non-traditional approach to education. By combining Environmental Policy, Economics, Public Health and Storytelling I am addressing the triple bottom line. I equate environmental policy to the environment portion, economics as the growth and development segment, and public health as the social part of the triple bottom line. Storytelling is found at the intersection of the three rings that make the triple bottom line, as storytelling is what bonds it all (and us all) together. Ultimately I am interested in Urban/City Planning. I also chose to include storytelling as part of my major because I am interested in helping those living in urban populations to tell their stories about their health and their environment. Additionally, having an in depth understanding of communities’ needs, wants, and aspirations is a critical part of inclusive, comprehensive planning. The storytelling portion of my major was in large part inspired by radio programming such as The Moth, This American Life and the local community initiative, First Person Arts. In addition to planning I am concurrently interested in academia, specifically academic advising—which essentially is planning in a different context.
The Custom-Designed Program has been the highlight of my time at Drexel and has allowed me to craft the perfect education for myself. I was able to combine Psychology, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship. Through CSDN I have found an amazing group of untraditional learners through this program and I am so pleased to call so many of them friends and mentors! With the lessons I've learned and the networks I've been able to build, I am going to continue on with my two LLC's that I created during college, while teaching entrepreneurship part-time at a local high school in PA. The biggest takeaway that I have for all of us, is to treat the world like our Custom-Designed Program and co-ops: stepping stones and curiosity led.
My major is an overall study, starting with preliminary design and leading to final execution, of sustainable buildings and their corresponding systems. Through engineering studies, I can understand underlying building systems, and therefore how to reduce waste and energy consumption. I’m combining this with Architecture to gain proper drawing techniques and learn about the structure of buildings, and Interior Design to create healthy interior spaces. Tying it all together, I’m studying Sustainability in the Build Environment and Environmental studies to gain an in depth understanding of Sustainable designed buildings and their systems.
Cryptography and steganography are two sides of the same coin. Cryptography is concerned with protecting information by making it impossible to read without the correct password, while steganography is concerned with protecting information by making it invisible to eavesdroppers. Both fields draw upon advances in mathematics, computer science, and digital media to effectively secure and conceal private data from prying eyes. Together, cryptography and steganography are central to many important rapidly developing applications including secure banking and e-commerce, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, digital signatures, and digital rights management. Through this course of study, I hope to push the boundaries of data security and make security more accessible to the general public.
There is not a single product that we consume in today's world whose supply chain does not impact the environment. In too many cases, this impact is negative and we do not understand, or even see, what implications our consumption habits have on the world around us. In my major, Sustainable Product Development, I am learning how to take social and environmental considerations in our supply chains and bring meaning to the term 'transparency' in product sourcing and manufacturing. In the future, I'd like to assess supply chains and ensure that companies are using ethical and sustainable practices in a consulting or compliance role.
Analytic Finance and Investment Theory is an attempt to understand investing with a wider lens that focuses just as much on the “why” as the “how”. Combining Finance and Economics with Philosophy, Psychology, Math, and a wide range of social sciences, I am seeking to better understand what drives and motivates investors to make decisions in order to make better predictions and develop better formulas for my own investment strategies. The Custom-Designed Major program allows me to go beyond the traditional Finance education that teaches the existing paradigms, and instead supplement in my own foundational analysis and critical reasoning.
"Healthcare systems in emerging markets struggle because 80% of medical technology is designed for 10% of the world’s population." — Sisu Global Health
Through my custom-designed major, I hope to bridge this gap and make healthcare technologies more accessible to people in global health sectors. By drawing from global health, health administration, and biology, I hope to understand the limitations of the current healthcare systems in both first world countries and developing countries. By recognizing the complex technical, political, and cultural barriers in place in different areas, we can successfully implement low-cost, effective medical technologies into the global healthcare infrastructure that have the potential to save millions of lives.
My major focuses on the biological background in studying our mind, the molecular processes, the signaling pathways, the growth and division patterns, behind neurons and their accessory cells. It also applies psychological concepts of mental processes to gain a fuller understanding of our mind. With every breath you take, every image you see, every word you read, even right now, your mind is firing signals and interpreting stimuli behind it all. Our lives as we know it are centered on our mind’s ability to receive, process, and communicate stimuli within itself. The complex machinery of the mind, and the subsequent mental processes that follow, is a broad and relatively uncharted territory. After years of research on the brain, we have only scratched the surface of what is to be discovered. Neurobiologists work to uncover these secrets, to gather more understanding of this elaborate and beautiful machine that we use every second of our lives. With a background in the molecular mechanisms of cell biology, neurobiology hopes to apply this information to the circuitry in our brain.
I am a versatile designer merging design, visual art, and biomedical sciences. Coining my studies as “Intelligent Human Design”, I like to think of myself as the missing link between art and science. Most of my coursework is between biological sciences and product design, and this combination of curricula is a way to bridge the barriers between healthcare and artistic design. Art and science are complementary in a way that their consilience is not the same as an artist and scientist working together - I define the collaboration. After acquiring a diverse portfolio of experience in technology start-ups and healthcare, my goal is to create efficiency consultation that focuses on UX for healthcare, hospitals, and international travel. I want to bring a creative and analytical eye these environments to make sure they produce the best human experiences possible.
Before I began applying to colleges, I was told repeatedly that it was a terrible idea to specify in neuroscience as an undergraduate. Although I heeded the warnings, I knew my passions revolved around the brain, so I formed a new plan: I would take two opposing perspectives relating to the brain, study both, and connect them back to the brain independently from my classes. Thus, I came to Drexel University to double major in Chemistry and Psychology–Chemistry would provide an internally-based and scientific explanation of brain functioning, while psychology would provide an externally influenced and individualized basis for brain functioning. I quickly realized, however, that it was implausible to graduate on time with that particular dual major when also completing the pre-medical requirements. Fortunately, I discovered and became a part of the Custom-Designed Major Program which allows more room for gaining perspectives in the field of neuroscience. Hopefully my choice of curriculum, along with Neuroscience Association of Drexel University – a student organization beginning the process of recognition in July 2013 – will provide a foundation for Drexel to establish an Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience.
I define journalism as the process of going out into the world and bringing back its stories, connecting the audience to people and places they have never seen. The journalism I am pursuing is not limited to any one medium or method, and is instead focused on telling important and resonant truths. I created my major because the skills I need for the new age of journalism must be flexible in an increasingly connected world and might not parallel those of the journalists who came before me. This major is centered on journalism and incorporates courses from digital technologies, cultural studies, and design fields.
With a vibrant combination of Game Art and Design, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, Entrepreneurship, and Management, my goal is to be the heart of a creative team of game designers working to tackle some of the world's most relevant and deepest-rooted problems: questions of war, poverty, identity, innovation and tradition to be investigated from skin to core one video game at a time.
As a Custom-Designed Major student, I study a combination of music industry, entrepreneurship, and applicable social sciences. My goal is to sustain a flexible and fulfilling career in the music industry that allows me to accomplish the goal of improving the lives of young adults. For this reason, I incorporated coursework in my major relevant to young adult behavior such as classes in psychological problems of modern youth, urban sociology, and family psychology. To develop the skills to accomplish this goal I took entrepreneurship courses related to startup companies and market need analysis such as startup law, startup consulting, and launching new ventures.
With this program I am able to look outside the traditional scope of fashion education and learn how the apparel industry is affected by global issues, including those social, political, and economic. This type of wide-reaching, self-driven education is vital in understanding and solving the problems that apparel companies face today when making decisions.
With cities rapidly trending upward as desirable places to live, parallel to the increasing urgency of environmental concerns, critical inquiries about the nature of sustainability in the urban context are continually gaining relevance. Scholars must examine definitions of sustainability from a multiplicity of perspectives as well as the interplay among them. Using progressive theoretical frameworks of Sustainable Urban Design and Development integrated with social science methods of inquiry, this major explores how city-dwellers perceive their place in the urban context and subsequently how they negotiate their physical environment with larger social constructs to create meaning in the built-environment.
We live in challenging times with limited resources where many around the world are unable to fulfill their needs. I am studying human health and its relationship to the environment (natural and built), with the aim to design and develop sustainable, culturally aware solutions to address issues related to basic human needs such as food and water access. It combines three very different fields (environmental engineering, public health, and global studies), in order to provide the necessary foundational skill set to work across boundaries to help move the world to a better place.
Through the combination of applied design and art and design history and theory, I hope to bridge the gap between the concept and practice of design. Drawing from fields such as Graphic Design, Art History, Philosophy, and Entertainment and Arts Management, I study the relationship between art, design and society. Design Theory has allowed me to pursue work in the museum, graphics, and art management fields to experience design from multiple perspectives.
From my first day at Drexel, my goal was to follow the pre-med track and continue on to medical school to ultimately practice as a physician. I knew early on that I didn’t want to take the traditional biology major route and with careful thinking I came up with Neurotechnology. My custom-designed major incorporates the fields that I believe function together to make me the most socially relevant doctor, with a neuroscience focus. The disciplines include: biology, psychology, and biomedical engineering. Biology and psychology work together to create a neuroscience base and provide me the foundational knowledge on the human body and human behavior. Biomedical engineering exposes me to the technological advances arising in the medical field. The combination of these disciplines assures that I give equal attention to the mental and physical health of an individual while also being equipped with the knowledge on the latest medical technology.
As humanity's impact on the environment continues to increase, actively solving issues in sustainability is urgent. Major conflicts facing modern society include climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental injustice, and more. I desire to gain an in-depth scientific understanding of environmental systems and the environmental disturbances caused by human activity. Furthermore, I aim to develop the technical skills necessary to solve environmental issues through architecture and urban design. Architecture and infrastructure have a huge impact on the environment. I aim to advance a career in which I approach urban design as an environmental scientist. Optimal design choices can only be made with a thorough understanding of their complex consequences on local and global systems.
My major brings together the disciplines of Entertainment & Art Management, Design & Merchandising and Entrepreneurship to create a curriculum that focuses on entertainment and arts related commerce. Through my education, I am learning about several key subject areas including but not limited to artist and audience development, copyright protection and law practices, product development, supply chain management, marketing, physical and e-commerce platforms as well as entrepreneurial ideology and start up pitching. In my career, I would like to focus on providing opportunities for independent visual artists to create merchandise as a way of gaining exposure and a more sustainable career. With my degree, I would also be able to pursue a career in the music industry either in a record label’s merchandising department or for their tours and festivals.
Nearing the end of high school, I was conflicted as to which of my passions I wished to pursue. Through robotics competitions and personal endeavors, I had developed a love for the world of programming. However, the strong role listening to music had played in my life lead me to crave being involved in the creative process of it. As such, I originally entered Drexel as a Music Industry major. When I learned of the custom major program, I was overjoyed- I could now combine my passions for technology and music into a unified plan of study. My major overviews music from the perspectives of both composers and studio engineers, and additionally encompasses classes in programming and digital signal processing that are necessary for the implementation of music software. No matter what career the skillset I’m building here leads to, I hope to have a lifelong involvement in the worlds of music and technology.
I am a literary artist with a lifelong love of writing. My major includes coursework in writing, English, social science, and business. My social science classes help to better inform my writing, while my business classes support my entrepreneurial interests. A key component of my major is project-based learning. Through my self-directed projects and running my own studio, I have been able to complete several story-based games and other literary work, both interactive and static.
I have pulled from Criminal Justice, Computer Security and Technology, and Intelligence Analysis, which consists of HUMINT (Human Intelligence, psychology), to GEOINT (Geographical Intelligence, Geology and related studies), to SIGINT (Signals Intelligence, Electrical Engineering). Developing attacks and exploiting zero-days are a cornerstone to the cybersecurity objective of my major. Being able to draw conclusions and predict human behaviors will help the government predict attacks and prevent potential loss of life.
At a young age, I began playing the drums and took up playing other musical instruments from there. I developed a love for data during this time, as well, which would carry over into my college career. Upon entering Drexel as a Custom-Designed Major, I combined my interests in music and data, as well as an interest in legal studies, to carve out my major. After graduation, I am looking to pursue a career in business intelligence or data visualization to leverage my data knowledge as well as my creativity.
By combining my background in science with design, I learned how to improve interior spaces, while benefiting patients, staff and even the financial aspects of hospitals. Given that I studied a scientific approach to problems throughout my education, I acquired a scientific mindset to solutions. When I examined a space, I was curious to learn about ways to improve it that were scientifically based. This was what sprouted my interesting the biophilic design. Each design aspect in this type of design is backed by science and research. In addition to what looks the most aesthetically pleasing. I was the most curious about what designs are most effective and researched. I hope to continue my education through a Master of Science in Interior Architecture and Design.
Video games have evolved to become an excellent medium for storytelling since the dawn of the first titles for the most popular franchises that still persist today. With narrative at the forefront of my work, I wanted to develop a major that bridges the game design process, digital art, creative writing/screenwriting, and 2D animation. My ultimate ambition is to craft a story that reflects the greatest of our human values and traits, as well as some of the worst imaginable—a story that transcends mediums and is not restricted to a single demographic. One of my foci involves analyzing the character-player relationship and how it is initially built from the start of a game to its conclusion. In addition, I am very interested in the underrepresentation of minorities in media, particularly in video games and in literature. It is my dream after graduation to participate in the ever-growing industry of independent game development as an unconventional, yet highly curious artist who is constantly in search of new ways to bring my worlds and characters to life.
My goal is to achieve an interdisciplinary understanding of the dynamics that impact the behaviors, goals, and success of organizations. My academic coursework is focused on ethical practices, organizational management and behavior, personal and professional development, team development and leadership. I have been an active member of the Drexel Community, and a dedicated member of Greek Life and the Undergraduate Student Government Association. I have served in many campus leadership and mentorship roles which, along with my COOP experiences, have furthered my understanding of successful organizational dynamics. My professional career will focus on assessing and guiding leadership and employee development to support the values, missions, and visions of organizations.
I love the private sector. My program is a tailored combination of how the private sector manages risk and crafts policies towards controlling their environmental impacts. This endeavor is centered around the belief that the private sector should function as its own best regulator, and that environmental protection can emerge as a function of risk management and protecting a company’s bottom line. I am particularly interested in impacts on water supply and availability. My present research focuses on developing a risk management model as a tool for municipalities to address recent harmful algae blooms (HABs) affecting municipal water supplies.
Nowadays, shows such as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah or The Colbert Report are as popular and well known as media networks like CNN, NBC, or Fox. Whether it's online, on tv, or through the radio, many people listen to satirical comedians on a regular basis. Some take it at face value while others use it as a source of news and a foundation to form political opinions. I wanted to build a major that understood the psychology and philosophy behind satirical mass media communications as well as applicable skills related to this. My primary focus is on how satire and comedians play a role in political discourse.
I entered Drexel with a strong desire to pursue a pre-dental track, but I did not simply want to major in Biology. Given my career aspirations, I would like to not only learn the necessary hard-core science that I will need, but I would also like to be able to communicate with patients and make them feel at ease in a dental chair. I came to Drexel with the desire to take many courses in Biology, Psychology, and Spanish. However, I soon found out that in order to graduate in a reasonable time frame, a triple major would not be possible. I am grateful that I found out about and the Custom-Designed Major Program. My Custom-Designed Major, Humanistic Biopsychology, will allow me to integrate Biology, Psychology, and Spanish into one cohesive whole. By the time I receive my diploma, I will have the skills I will need to interact with all different types of patients and understand where they are coming from, no matter what the situation.
During my undergraduate degree at Drexel, the Custom-Design Major program allowed me to integrate my passion for food with my interest in environmental conservation and public health. I studied food through an interdisciplinary lens which highlighted culinary arts, food science, environmental science, sustainability, nutrition and public health. Thus, throughout my internships and experiences working with the Drexel Food Lab, urban farms in Philadelphia and the hunger relief organization Philabundance, I employed my knowledge of each of these disciplines. As a recent graduate, I am confident that I will view my entire career with this interdisciplinary mindset. I hope to work to create a sustainable food system that is more beneficial to all.
I am interested in the impact of science and technology on society with a concentration on the interaction between humans and prosthetics. The short list of areas of study includes, sociology, history, anthropology and biology. Yet, I’m open to integrating more disciplines into my course of studies. I was inspired to develop my particular curriculum for two reasons. The first reason is because of the uniformed reliance of science and technology by humans and the ways we deal with its’ abundance. Secondly, I’m interested in how people with prosthetics cope with a world that was not built with them in mind. I don’t have a future plan for my major concretely set in stone yet, and will see where the classes take me.
The program gave me the opportunity to combine typically disconnected disciplines to obtain the skills necessary to pursue the type of career I wanted. Specifically, I wanted to pursue a career in automated trading since high school. Such a career combines computer science, mathematics and finance to automate trading of assets in financial markets
While there is some overlap between art and design, they are not the same thing. Design is more than just typography and pixel perfect shapes and colors. Design is solving everyday problems with a mouse and keyboard. The role of the designer is constantly evolving; with my plan of study, I intend to receive a degree that zeroes in on those changes and ensures that I will be prepared to succeed once I graduate. With my major there are three core areas of interest: User interface/User Experience Design, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship, with a strong focus on programming and full-stack design. My Custom Design Major will allow me to understand more about human-computer interaction, while heightening my design and leadership skills.
My major combines Architecture, Environmental Science, Product Design, and Engineering. The goal is to specialize in urban sustainability through innovation of existing structures. By using new technology to enhance natural processes, a more sustainable design can be created. This curriculum is preparing me for the applications needed to build better engines for converting algae to biofuel or being able to create an air filter by building and designing high efficiency living ecosystems that maximize the carbon cycle. My Major tackles these ambitions through both design and research.
Entrepreneurship & User Experience draws heavily from digital media, design, psychology, computer science, and business. My goal in creating this major is to understand how we interact with technology, how the systems we interact with are created, and ultimately how they can be improved. By doing this, I believe I can become an innovator, using technology to address issues in areas like sustainability, education, and medicine.
My custom-designed major allows me to pursue my interests in three vastly different disciplines, namely the humanities, health sciences, and biological sciences, in a unique way by combining them into one entirely new plan of study. Through taking language, public health, biology, and international health courses, this major will give me the initial tools I need to make a lasting change in the healthcare of not only the United States, but also hopefully in the healthcare of developing countries all over the world as well.
With the garment industry being one of the most polluting industries in the world, it is time we start looking inward and start asking questions. My major combines environmental sustainability, workers' rights, textiles, and garment production in order to explore the who, what, and where's that pertain to our clothing. By combining these fields, I hope to become an expert in nature-centered garment production and to educate others about putting value back into their closets.
I’m drawing from the fields of education and digital media, as well as psychology and creative writing to study the effects of television and film on education: specifically for children from 8 to 12. I hope to enter the digital media industry to create quality programming for youth.
My coursework consists of a combination of neuroscience, cognitive studies, biology, psychology, economics and health care systems courses. I am particularly passionate about the relationship between the brain and human/animal behavior. Although both the biological sciences and the psychological sciences appear to align in their methods, the ways in which those in the two disciplines view what is ultimately the same system differs significantly. Both practice empirical inquiry and promise objectivity, yet, both perceive the relationship between the brain and behavior quite differently. As a custom – design major student, I hope to help bridge the gap between the fields of biology and psychology through my study of the human brain and apply this unique academic experience by pursuing a career in the healthcare system. I became instantly enthralled with the study of the human brain after taking my first cognitive neuroscience class. The complexity of the human brain and the mysteries of its role in defining the human “self” has since been a fascination of mine. It is hard to believe that this 3-pound gelatinous blob in my head carries the weight of an individual’s past, present, and future. To be able to understand the brain from both a biological point of view and a psychological point of view requires me to embrace the complex methods of many different disciplines and to understand and execute the shift in perception that is required to be able to speak and write in such a way that I will be understood and respected by the people that make up the variety of disciplines that I draw my courses from.