Interdepartmental Programs

Proposal Approval

Are changes permitted?

Yes. If you need to make changes in your proposal after it has been approved by the committee, you'll bring to the center a description of the desired changes, on a form available in Lattimore 206, signed by your faculty adviser(s). The director of the center may then approve most changes.

When will I meet with my faculty advisers?

It varies from student to student, but you will meet with your adviser(s) at least once a semester. Remember, they are interested in your academic progress and intellectual development.

Can students with Individualized Interdepartmental majors graduate with Honors?

Yes. The bachelor's degree with honors is awarded according to three criteria:

  1. Successful completion of 12 credits of honors coursework: two 4-credit independent study courses in your senior year, one devoted to honors research in the fall, and another devoted to the thesis writing in the spring; and one 4-credit advanced-level course or seminar;
  2. Completion of a senior thesis;
  3. An oral defense of the thesis.

Detailed information about the requirements is available in the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs.

Note: your major must be approved no later than the spring semester of your junior year in order to be eligible to apply for Honors.

What are the criteria for graduation with distinction?

The bachelor’s degree with distinction is awarded to students with a sufficiently high grade point average within the major: 3.25 with Distinction, 3.50 for High Distinction, and 3.75 for highest distinction. (Only core courses, not supplemental courses, are counted.) It is possible for students to earn the degree with both distinction and honors. By the way, as an interdisciplinary major, you will have your own departmental graduation ceremony.