Interdisciplinary Studies Major: Faculty Advisors
Role of the Faculty Advisors
Members of the faculty who agree to serve as advisors for an
Interdisciplinary Studies major should realize that it will involve
significant time both in the initial planning with the student and in
continuing to advise him or her once the Interdisciplinary Studies major has
been approved. Thus, the following suggestions are made to all
potential Interdisciplinary Studies major.
- The advisor should take the time to know both the
student and his or her program. No student proposals will be
considered by the committee that do not carry a substantive written
statement of support from each member of the advisory committee.
- In this connection, advisors must meet with the
student to evaluate both the objectives of the student's program and the
courses and thesis chosen to achieve those objectives before the proposed
plan is submitted to the committee for approval.
- Further, as the student's program develops, the
advisors as a committee should meet with the student at least once a
semester, (unless the student is away from campus). Progress toward
the stated objective should be evaluated and alterations in the originally
suggested curriculum or thesis made when necessary. These joint
meetings become particularly important when the student enters the thesis
phase of his or her program. Responsibility for arranging these
meetings should be shared by the student and principal advisor.
- Faculty members who are going on temporary or
permanent leave should not sign proposals as advisors. If unforeseen
circumstances arise that make it necessary for an advisor to leave Tufts, it
is his or her responsibility to arrange a suitable temporary or permanent
- Advisors are responsible for the final evaluation of the
student's work, including an oral defense of the thesis.
- All Interdisciplinary Studies major students may be
considered for honors through the Thesis Honors program, provided that they
have been on the Dean's List at least twice prior to their senior year.
A written assessment of the student's work and recommendations for the
honors to be awarded, signed by the members of the advisory committee, must
be in the Student Services Degree Audit Coordinator in Dowling Hall by early
May for May graduates and by late December for February graduates.
- It is the responsibility of the student to deliver
a copy of the student's Interdisciplinary Studies thesis to the
Archives to remain on permanent file.
Any significant changes to the proposed major once it is declared,
including curricular changes, thesis topic changes, and advisory committee
changes must be approved by the student's advisory committee and reported
to CIS with an explanation and a letter of support from the primary advisor.