Programs of Emphasis

Personalize your major.

With a Program of Emphasis (POE), you can go beyond the confines of traditional majors. With the assistance of a faculty advisor, you may design your own area of concentration that combines principles and courses from two or more majors. Your program will be composed of 56–68 credits to meet specific educational or career goals and may include independent research, off-campus study, internships or other opportunities. If you are a self-directed learner with a lot of intellectual curiosity, this option may be perfect for you!



No two POEs are alike. In recent years, students have graduated with POEs in such fields as arts management, environmental policy and sustainability, foreign service, international relations, music technology and digital media, museum studies, personnel administration and gerontology. Wherever you want to go, Alma can get you there.

For more information about a POE, contact the Provost’s Office.