Division of Humanities
To inquire about this program:
Dr. Peter Naccarato | 212-517-0603 | E-mail
The Interdisciplinary Studies major offers motivated students the opportunity to shape their own program of study in close consultation with their faculty advisors. The IDS major does not have a pre-determined sequence of required classes; instead, IDS majors identify a program of study, selecting courses from across the curriculum with the overall goal of studying a particular issue/problem/topic from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The flexibility of the IDS major invites students to be pro-active and creative in designing their course of study. The base of knowledge and the analytical and critical skills acquired by IDS majors prepares them for a wide range of career options and for graduate study in a variety of fields. Becoming an IDS Major Upon completing 30 credits, a student who has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply to the IDS major. The student begins this application process by meeting with the Program Coordinator to discuss areas of interest around which he/she might organize his/her program of study and to identify a possible faculty advisor. Once this faculty advisor has been selected, the student works with him/her to identify two additional faculty members who will comprise the committee that will review and approve the studentís application, including his/her proposed topic and program of study. Once this committee has been composed, the student submits his/her application, which includes a written proposal explaining the topic that will guide his/her selection of courses and a preliminary program of study. The committee reviews this application and may request revisions before approving it. Once approved, the student meets regularly with his/her academic advisor to review his/her progress. In the event that the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, decides to make significant revisions to his/her program of study, the student submits a revised proposal to the faculty committee that approved his/her initial plan.