Interdisciplinary Studies Major
IS Major Committee Chair:
Director, Communications and Media Studies
(formerly Plan of Study Major)
The Interdisciplinary Studies major has been open to all
Liberal Arts students since 1968, offering them an
opportunity to tailor their own multidisciplinary areas
of concentration to pursue courses with greater freedom
of choice than in the listed majors. A major that is truly
interdisciplinary is one that represents an integration of
traditional disciplines, a melding of fields that cannot be
accomplished by the usual structure of a major/minor or a
An interdisciplinary major requires a high degree of both
independent initiative and self-discipline from the student.
The Interdisciplinary Studies major draws on courses from at
least two of the following six areas of study: humanities, arts,
social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics (quantitative),
and engineering, plus a senior-year thesis project chosen to
integrate the student’s program. The thesis topic should therefore
not be one which could be done within a regular departmental
program. Rather, it represents a separate field of study with
an identifiable methodology appropriate to the topic.
An interdisciplinary major is not a fallback or a substitute
for those who cannot decide on a major, nor is it necessarily a
way of creating a major that at present does not exist at Tufts.
Rather, it is a serious undertaking for the student who is
committed to blending disciplines in a way that is demonstrably
relevant to an identifiable area of intellectual inquiry.
Candidates who are applying for an Interdisciplinary Major should
have a minimum GPA of 3.4. If accepted, students may not double
count more than two credits from their Interdisciplinary Studies
Major towards another major or minor.
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