Interdisciplinary Studies Major: For Current Majors
IS Majors Timetable for Thesis Work
January: Re-Register for the spring semester CIS Senior Thesis Course
– either CIS 95 or CIS 195 (Honors) –
One on One Course Form, downloadable from the
Complete the One-on-One Course form, have it signed by your primary advisor and
return the form to Student Services,
Student and faculty committee establish due dates for the senior thesis.
Allow enough time for faculty advisors to read and comment on the draft,
for the student to revise the draft in response to their comments, and for the
student to have the finished project handed in one week before the oral defense
By April 3, 2017
submit a draft of the thesis to all faculty advisors for comments and
recommended changes or additions.
Advisors return the draft
with comments and recommended changes or additions by the date agreed upon at
their organizational meeting as promptly as possible.
Revise the draft
in response to readers' comments and hands in this final version of the
project one week before the scheduled oral defense. The student must
also submit a copy of the final version to the CIS office at this time.
Oral Defense meeting should
take place by the last day of classes, May 1, 2017.
This one-hour meeting is an opportunity for student and advisors together to
discuss and assess achievements and reflect on areas for improvement. The
faculty advisors jointly determine the grade based on the thesis
at that time and complete the IS Major Grade Sheet, which must be turned
into the CIS Office by one of the
faculty advisors as soon as possible after the oral defense meeting. The IS
Major Grade Sheet will be sent to primary advisors via email toward the end of
the spring semester.
The primary advisor enters the CIS 95 or CIS 195 (Honors) grade into the
If you are doing an Honors Thesis the Registrar's Office will send a
Thesis Recommendation for Honors form
to the primary advisor. Instructions and deadlines will be on the form. Send a
copy of this completed form to CIS office when it is completed.
After the defense both the student and advisors must complete Assessment Forms
as part of the on-going, university-wide assessment of learning outcomes in
departments and programs. Assessment forms will be sent out via email toward
the end of the spring semester.
Thesis Copies. Students must submit a copy of their final thesis to
Digital Collections and Archives in Tisch Library before May Commencement.
Theses may be submitted electronically or in traditional bound form and should
Tisch Library archival submission guidelines.
A copy of the manuscript must also be submitted electronically to the CIS office
at the same time.
Commencement and Transcript Info
Late February/Early March (2017 deadlines TBD): Commencement Planning
IS Majors may elect which departmental or programmatic commencement ceremony
they wish to attend. Most attend that to which their primary advisor is
connected. However, if there is a department that you feel is more fitting, you
may choose that as well. Please indicate your choice in
SIS system by the Registrar's deadline.
Students must also notify CIS of their commencement plans via email to:
Early May Transcript Information (May 1, 2017) Students provide the title
for their IS Major for transcript purposes. You are allotted 53 characters
including spaces. Send via email to: Audrey.Aduama@tufts.edu
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