The interdisciplinary major is a rigorous academic program in which the individual student assumes primary responsibility for designing her or his own academic program. Since the interdisciplinary major is structured by the student to serve individual needs, the primary courses selected for the major invariably cross traditional departmental boundaries. In all instances, however, the interdisciplinary major must display internal topical coherence. Assisting the student in developing a coherent interdisciplinary major will be the supervising faculty member, the student’s academic advisor (if the advisor is not the supervising faculty member), faculty from those departments in which the student is taking primary courses, and the Academic Policies Committee. This faculty committee is responsible for approving student-initiated majors and for offering, where necessary, constructive advice on student proposals. Further guidelines for interdisciplinary majors may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Registrar. The decision to undertake and to seek approval of an interdisciplinary major should be made after the student has had sufficient consultation with the appropriate persons within the College. Normally, this decision is made in the sophomore year, but in no case is an interdisciplinary major approved after the student has embarked upon the final eight courses leading to graduation. Application for an interdisciplinary major must contain the following: 1) a list of the nine to 11 primary courses which constitute the major; 2) a list of secondary or supportive courses which are tangentially related to the major; and 3) a three- to four-page typewritten statement of the rationale for the proposal, indicating, among other things, the internal coherence of the major.
Additional guidelines and requirements:
FS-110 First-Year Seminar
Required of all first-year students, the First-Year Seminar introduces students to college-level study with emphasis on critical thinking, writing, speaking, research, and information analysis. Faculty offer first-year-only topics courses exploring issues from multiple perspectives within or across disciplines. Students in all sections prepare portfolios of their written work and attend a variety of cultural events on and off campus. Seminar instructors also serve as the primary academic advisors for first-year students in their respective sections. First-Year Seminar courses do not count toward majors or fulfill any other general education requirements.
INT-895 Interdisciplinary Internship
An internship related to the student’s field of interdisciplinary study. A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. S/U basis only. Supervised by the Director of Internships. Prerequisites: junior standing and approval of an interdisciplinary major.