The interdisciplinary studies major (IDST) is for students who wish to develop a course of study outside those offered by the departments and curricula in the College of Arts and Sciences. The IDST major must be well-conceived but substantially different from existing majors.
The major consists of eight courses chosen from at least three departments (with a maximum of four courses from any one department) and appropriate for juniors and seniors majoring in those departments.
For more information, please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog. To pursue the IDST major, you must have a grade point average of at least 2.75 and at least 45 hours left before graduation (approximately three semesters of coursework).
Please write a preliminary proposal with a clear rationale for the intended course of study, including a course list, and send it as an email attachment to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director, James Thompson. Include your name and “IDST Proposal” in the subject line.
After reviewing the preliminary proposal, the Program Director will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your next steps, including finding a faculty sponsor to endorse your proposed major.