Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Self-Evaluation for Prospective Students

If you have not read the information sheet on the individual interdisciplinary (IDS) major, please do so now, carefully noting various features of this program.

An IDS major requires considerably more independent work than most regular departmental majors. In addition to a large investment of your time, it demands a heavy investment of one of the college’s scarcest resources, faculty time. To help avoid a premature decision and future disappointment, as well as loss of valuable time (yours and the faculties), take a few minutes to review and answer the following questions. Be honest. It’s your education that is at stake and no one else is going to review your answers!

If you answered most of the questions 1-6 with a ‘yes’ and most of the questions 7-10 with a ‘no’, there is reason to believe that an IDS major is worth your consideration; you must find faculty sponsors and devise a program that the College Interdisciplinary Studies Committee will approve. Students who have a clear picture of their areas of interest, and whose interests lie mainly within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, can usually devise a suitable program. If you answered most of the questions 1-6 with a ‘no’ and most of the questions 7-10 with a ‘yes’, you probably should consider something other than IDS. Experience in this office indicates that individuals who are in scholastic difficulty, those with no well-defined interest, or those whose interest lie for the most part in other colleges, are likely to have trouble with an IDS major. Avoidance of difficult or “uninteresting” courses is NOT a good reason for attempting an IDS major.

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