Admission into the BDIC major is a multi-step process.  The first step is to submit an Application for placement in the 1 credit BDIC Proposal Writing Class (BDIC 396P).  This is where you formulate your proposed BDIC program in detail.  At the end of the class, you submit your Proposal for approval and admission into the BDIC Major. 

The BDIC major requires a minimum of 4 semesters in the program.  However this can include a summer semester.  This makes it possible to start the BDIC major as late as the second semester of Junior year.  However, the earlier you get started in BDIC the more complete a job you can do covering your area of interest.

Come to the BDIC office in 230 Commonwealth Honors College for a consultation. You will meet with a Peer Advisor, a current BDIC major, to talk about your ideas and whether BDIC is a good match for you?

BDIC is short for “Bachelor’s Degree with Individualized Concentration.”  The BDIC Major allows students to design their own individualized, interdisciplinary programs in areas that are not covered by traditional majors at UMass Amherst.

Pete Merzbacher (BDIC 2011, Concentration “Globalization & Entrepreneurship”) has recently taken a job at the newly renovated Lord Jeffrey Inn in Amherst as a chef and sustainability manager.  While at UMass Pete founded the education-oriented New Growth Gardens in Springfield, a project that ties together community development and urban sustainability with urban farming and early childhood education.  In addition to cooking at the Lord Jeff's

Having moved from UMass to a job as event organizer and eventually on air reporter with ESPN, Jenny Dell (BDIC 2008, Concentration “Sport Event Marketing & Operations”) has now been hired by NESN as a prominent part of their Red Sox Broadcasting Team.

BDIC congratulates Rose Weiss (BDIC 2010, Concentration “Food Studies”) for winning the 2012 Bocuse D’Or USA Comiss competition, which carries the prize of a 3 month apprenticeship in France at the Michelin 3 start restaurant of her choice.  Rose is now a student at the International Culinary Center in NYC and extern at the well known Gramercy Tavern.  For the January 28th competition at

“My BDIC will be unlike any other major because it is more than just a sheet of requirements; it is a project that will prepare me for my future."  

Reminder: If you are planning to graduate in Spring 2012, your Senior Summary and Abstract are due on April 1st. View the forms you need to submit your Senior Abstract and Summary.


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