Interdisciplinary Studies Major
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a GPA minimum for IS major applications?
Candidates who are applying for an Interdisciplinary Major should have a minimum
GPA of 3.4. A full list of requirements and application process can be found on
the CIS website.
Can IS majors double major or minor in other programs?
There are no rules prohibiting an IS major, second major, and interdisciplinary
minor. A student may only do one disciplinary minor but as many
interdisciplinary minors as s/he likes. The only rules in place are to prevent
too much overlap:
- a student cannot pursue both a major and a minor in the same discipline, and
- the IS Major may not double count more than two credits from their
Interdisciplinary Studies Major towards another major or minor. If the minor
is too similar to the IS major or the other major, this could be a problem.
The IS major also prohibits triple majors.
What kinds of topics topics have students undertaken as IS majors?
A few sample topics from recent years include:
- Children's Entertainment Media (combining Child Development, Communications and Drama);
- Linguistics (combining Philosophy, Child Development, and Psychology)
- BioDramatics (combining Biology, Drama and Communications)
- International Urban Development (combining History, UEP, and Art History)
Students may view past Senior Honors Thesis online at the
Collections and Archives. Students are also welcome to read any past Senior
Honors Theses, which are kept in the CIS office. Contact:
Julie Dobrow to set
up an appointment.
Must the faculty advisors serving IS majors be full-time faculty?
You are responsible for selecting a principal advisor and two other advisors who
will support your proposal. At least two of these advisors must be full-time
members of the Arts and Sciences faculty with the rank of lecturer or above, at
least one of them a tenure stream member of the A&S Faculty, and they must
represent at least three departments in two of the previously listed five areas.
Should one of your advisors be from outside the Tufts community, a brief
indication of his or her professional affiliation should be included. It is
important to choose advisors who will not be leaving Tufts while your
Interdisciplinary Studies major is in progress. We suggest that you make sure
that each of your advisors is familiar with the information presented in this
Can IS majors study abroad?
There are no restrictions on IS Majors interested in studying abroad. Students
must plan their coursework accordingly and remain in contact with their faculty
advisors in order to be sure they are on track with completing the requirements
of there IS Major.
What is an oral defense?
The Oral Defense meeting must take place by the last day of reading period. This
one-hour meeting is an opportunity for student and the Faculty Advisors serving
on the students committee together to discuss and assess achievements and
reflect on areas for improvement. The faculty advisors jointly grade the project
at that time and assign the level of honors received for the Thesis.