Interdisciplinary Studies is an individualized, student initiated major or minor, drawn from multiple disciplines, for students who seek to accomplish intellectual goals outside of a conventional major or minor.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Major
The student must prepare a program proposal with substantial intellectual content. The program proposal includes a statement describing educational goals sought, and the sequence of courses that would enable the student to achieve these goals.
The course content must be focused upon a specific theme, include courses from two or more disciplines and must include a significant number of courses beyond the introductory level as well as a senior Capstone Experience. The program must reflect the objectives of a liberal arts education.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Minor
An interdisciplinary studies minor is a structured academic program formed in response to a well-defined question or topic. The minor is flexible and less prescriptive. The IND minor is comprised of 4 or 5 academic units: at least 3 classes and 1 integrative essay, project, or performance. An internship or independent learning experience can also be included in the program.