Ruthann's dedication to exploring dementia and establishing better dialogue about end of life care has encouraged her to delve into the field of Public Health.

Ruthann Froberg is a Chemistry and self-crafted Public Health double major and French minor. She is a current senior at Emory & Henry and is excited for another year at Emory. Although she loves learning and her academic studies, Ruthann also has spent time as SGA Treasurer, part of TEDxEHC 2016, and has started a mentorship program for girls at Glade Spring Middle School that she is hoping to continue. Ruthann also is an Enrolled Agent and has been doing tax and accounting work for a CPA for the past several years. When she is not studying or working Ruthann loves to read anything from comics to historical nonfiction to Jane Austen novels, spend time with her cohort (IE, some of the best people in the world), and to travel in the U.S. and abroad. After graduating from Emory Ruthann plans to continue her academic studies to prepare for a job in dementia care. Having seen how dementia has affected her family and grandparents, Ruthann truly desires to create comfortable and healthy environments for people with dementia and to dialogue about end of life care and how to make it better. 

We believe the best way to learn about our Honors Program and the Interdisciplinary Honors Diploma is from our students. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Ruthann some questions that you may have been wondering.

Q. Why did you decide to create your own Interdisciplinary Diploma?

A. I decided to create my own major because I wanted to combine a bunch of classes that had a common theme but were in different majors. I love learning pretty much everything, and I wanted create a major to demonstrate my interest in interdisciplinary learning and to better prepare for going into a healthcare-related field.


Q. What was the process of creating your own Interdisciplinary Diploma like?

A. Admittedly it was a little difficult. There was some initial misunderstanding about some of the requirements of the process and I actually made the process harder for myself. Consequently I had to revise my proposed major a couple times before it was approved. While it was a longer process than I expected, the process forced me to really think through my selection of courses and I think that was good in the end. 


Q. Did the Honors Program (classes, faculty, etc.) influence how or your decision to craft your own Interdisciplinary Diploma?

A. The faculty and my cohort definitely encouraged me to create my own major. One of my friends in my cohort helped name my major and the faculty were incredibly helpful when I needed signatures, proofreading, or advice as I prepared the paperwork. The faculty love seeing students who want to grow and learn. From what I have experienced with this process they get excited to see a student really thinking about the area of study the student wants to pursue. So I felt encouraged and supported by the faculty as I designed my major.


Q. What would you tell first-year students about self-designing an Interdisciplinary Diploma?

A. Try it. If you are interested in a specific area and want to design a major or minor then I believe it is worth striving for. It is a really cool opportunity to make an area of study yours and to sell yourself in a unique way. 

*Profile (taken by Brent Treash) & Banner Picture (ft. Left-Ruthann and right- Ellie and Jackson, not pictured are Ali and Alex). Both pictures are provided by Ruthann Froberg