The Interdisciplinary Major
The interdisciplinary major is designed for students who wish to develop their own concentration area in a subject not covered by any one department or program. Students who are interested in an interdisciplinary major should confer with the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, which
will provide guidance in developing a proposal for approval. The proposed concentration must have a distinct, coherent interdisciplinary theme and the coursework required for it should provide substantial expertise in that theme. Since an interdisciplinary concentration requires competence in more than one discipline, the major involves a minimum of 36 credits and may require the approval of several departments.
Interested students should seek guidance at the Academic Advising Center, Kiely 217, prior to filling out the Interdisciplinary Major form.
Courses and Special Programs
The program offers a variety of courses in a wide range of subjects. These are staffed by teachers from the various departments, but offer the advantages of smaller class sections, flexible scheduling, and curricular experimentation. These courses, except when otherwise specified, are open to every student in good standing at the college, freshman through senior.
A tutorial enables a motivated, advanced student to undertake independent study of a topic under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. To take a tutorial, a student must find a faculty member willing to supervise and grade the work, and must obtain the faculty member’s approval of the topic and of the work to be performed.
A tutorial application form can be accessed via the Interdisciplinary and Special Studies web page. The card must be completed, including a full description of the work to be done, signed by the student, the supervising faculty member, and the chair of the respective department. The card is then returned to the Interdisciplinary and Special Studies Office for approval and registration, in Kiely 1105.
Note: In order to receive credit, students must be registered for the tutorial during the scheduled registration period. No more than 12 credits in tutorials can be applied toward the degree, and only one tutorial may be taken per semester.