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2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies

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Interdisciplinary Program

The curriculum of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences provides for interdisciplinary majors that fall into two categories. First, a student, working in consultation with a faculty advisor, may formulate an interdisciplinary major that is uniquely tailored to his or her interest. The responsibility for formulating a sound academic program of interdisciplinary study lies with the individual student and the advisor, and the proposed major must be approved by the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies (CHIS). Normally, students pursuing an interdisciplinary major base their program upon a solid understanding of an established discipline, and must include courses from at least three departments, with no more than half of the credit hours from any one department. More than two courses at the introductory level are seldom approved.

Second, requirements have been established for interdisciplinary majors in the following areas: Computational and Applied Mathematics and Statistics; Environmental Science/Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Film and Media Studies; Linguistics; and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Applications for interdisciplinary majors must adhere to the Registrar’s deadlines for declaring a primary major. In addition, all applications for interdisciplinary majors as a change of major or secondary major must be submitted to the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies before the beginning of preregistration for the first semester of the student’s senior year. All interdisciplinary programs must be compatible with the degree requirements for Arts and Sciences. Each major must fulfill the Major Writing Requirement by earning a grade of C- or better in the course designated as the writing course within the program submitted to CHIS. Each major must also fulfill the Computer Proficiency Requirement by earning a grade of C- or better in the course designated as the computer proficiency course within the program submitted. CHIS, or the appropriate advisory committee, must approve the designation of courses that fulfill the writing and computer proficiency requirements.

Programs and Course Descriptions


Africana Studies  
Environmental Science/Policy 

Film and Media Studies  
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies  

Medieval and Renaissance Studies 



Interdisciplinary minors are offered in:

Africana Studies  

CAMS Mathematical Biology, Minor  

Educational Studies  
Environmental Science and Policy  

Film and Media Studies, Minor   
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies   

Italian Studies 
Judaic Studies 
Marine Science 
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
Public Health 

Students may not create other interdisciplinary minors.

Description of Courses

The following interdisciplinary courses are taught by individual instructors or by a group of instructors who wish to explore a subject outside the present departmental programs. They are coordinated by the Charles Center.



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