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Interdisciplinary Studies

An Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students who are interested in pursuing a non-standard major to define their own course of study.

The IS major will consist of at least 32 class hours, with no more than 16 in one department. 24 of these hours must be in upper level (300/400) classes. There will be a culminating experience that demonstrates the integration of the different disciplines. The culminating experience must be evaluated by the supervising faculty (see below).

To propose an IS major, the student needs to identify one primary faculty advisor and two additional faculty sponsors, drawn from at least two departments. In discussion with these faculty members, the student will develop proposal for their IDS major, explaining what distinguishes it from a standard major and explains how it is thematically coherent. They will submit their proposal, along with letters or emails of support from the three faculty members to the CRC.

Students interested in pursuing a major in American Studies are encouraged to do so within the IS major framework. An IS major in American Studies should include at least one course that addresses the methodological and theoretical foundations of American Studies. This requirement can be completed as an independent study.

An IS minor allows students who are interested in pursuing a non-standard minor to define their own course of study. The IS minor will consist of at least 20 class hours, with no more than 12 in one department. 12 of these hours must be upper level (300/400) classes. There will be a culminating experience that demonstrates the integration of the different disciplines. The culminating experience must be evaluated by the supervising faculty (see below) and could include a research essay, a service-learning experience, or some other project that incorporates theory and practice from the constitutive disciplines. A public presentation should be incorporated as well.
 

    
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