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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

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Through this interdisciplinary major, a student may develop a major around a particular theme or issue related to her specific talents, personal interests, or career goals. The major is carefully planned with a faculty advisor. An interdisciplinary major consists of a minimum of 40 credits in three disciplines. At least 18 credits must be taken in a primary discipline with at least 9 credits in each of the other two disciplines. At least 18 of the 40 credits must be taken in upper-level courses (300-400 level.)

Note: To allow planning for appropriate courses, internships and coordinations, you must apply for the INTD major no later than the last day of class in the fall semester of your junior year.  This major may require additional semesters to complete.

Required courses  (minimum 40 credits)  


  Primary discipline  18
  Remaining two disciplines       at least 9 from each
  INTD 499 - Coordination   1-3


  • An application for approval of an Interdisciplinary Major, completed in consultation with the director of Academic Advisement and appropriate faculty in relevant departments
  • A 1-2 page essay responding to the questions posed on the application
  • A proposed plan of study outlining all courses to be applied to the proposed major (see director of advisement for appropriate format)

Applicants are also expected to meet with the dean of the school and the department chairpersons involved in a student’s proposed major, where the student will describe and defend the proposal before it is approved.

This major is an option subject to approval on its academic merits, as determined by the dean of the school and department chairpersons of the disciplines involved. 

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