Distinguished Majors Program

The Distinguished Majors Program provides a selected group of students the opportunity to complete original and significant research on a specific area of interest.  In close consultation with a faculty advisor, DMP students work during their fourth year to craft a critical argument, researching and writing on topics that engage in the contemporary study of American Culture.  DMP students demonstrate intellectual rigor and a strong work ethic.  The end result is a substantive piece of scholarship, a thesis of approximately fifty pages in length.

Current third-year students with at least a 3.4 GPA in the College of Arts and Sciences and a 3.6 GPA in the major are eligible to pursue Distinction. DMP students complete an independent study in the fall of their fourth year with a faculty advisor. In the spring of their fourth year they must enroll in AMST 4999, the Distinguished Majors Thesis Seminar (if offered), with the DMP Director.

To apply, submit: 1) the application form; 2) a current transcript; and 3) a maximum one-page, double-spaced proposal of your intended thesis topic.  **Applications are due Monday, May 1, 2017**

Return the application materials (stapled together, name on each page) to:



Requirements for the major


Current Courses

Distinguished majors program (DMP)

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.