Students may propose individual majors that cross one or more boundaries of the college's established fields of study. A self-designed interdisciplinary major requires a detailed academic program with a list of courses to be included in the major drawn from at least two departments or programs, and one senior thesis (INDS 457, 458), capstone project, or comprehensive examination.
Further guidelines and an application for the individual interdisciplinary major are available from the registrar. Proposals for interdisciplinary majors must be submitted to the registrar for approval by the Curriculum Review Committee by 1 March in the sophomore year. Proposals must include a faculty advisory board of at least three faculty members who have agreed collectively to act as major advisors. One of these faculty members also serves as thesis advisor unless the student's program includes an alternative capstone project or comprehensive examination. A student with an individual interdisciplinary major graduates with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.