Alternative to a traditional major
Dartmouth students have many options when deciding on a major course of study. Standard majors have specific requirements but also allow students to choose courses based on their specific interests. Some departments and programs offer modified majors which allow for even more flexibility. In rare cases, students may also apply for a special major.
The Senior Fellowship provides an alterative to all of these major paths. Senior Fellows are not required to complete a major, although they may do so if they choose. The Senior Fellowship project title is listed as a major on the transcript. The program is a good option for students who have the background and interest to pursue a large-scale project during senior year. Senior Fellows earn 4-6 credits for their projects so are able to enroll in fewer classes. This opens up time for in depth work on a project as well as opportunities to be away from campus doing field research or other fellowship-related work.
Because Senior Fellowships are the equivalent of a major and students earn academic credit, projects must be primarily academic in nature. Students interested in pursuing large-scale projects that are not appropriate for academic credit should consider applying for a Stamps Scholarship. Stamps Scholarships may or may not be academic in nature, and if students are proposing projects that are appropriate for academic credit, they may participate in BOTH the Senior Fellowship and the Stamps Scholarship programs.