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Interdisciplinary Studies Major: For Current Majors

For Current Majors: Seniors

Fall semester

September: Arrange a meeting
Arrange an organizational meeting to develop goals for the thesis and establish a specific timeline for completion, including due dates for handing in drafts, completing the final version of the project, and meeting for an oral defense. At this organizational meeting the student submits a thesis proposal with a working title, thesis statement, and description of proposed research.

September: Register for the Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Course
Register for the CIS Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Course - either CIS 95 or CIS 195 (Honors) for fall semester. This course requires Department Consent. Students must register via the One on One Course Form. Complete the One-on-One Course form, have it signed by your primary advisor and return the form to Student Services, Dowling Hall.

Note: CIS 95/195 (Honors) is a year-long course. Students must re-register in the CIS 95 or CIS 195 for the following spring semester.

CIS 195 (Honors) Eligibility
Students pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies Major may opt for an Honors Thesis if they were placed on the Dean's list at least two semesters before their senior year. The Interdisciplinary Studies Major Honors Thesis is CIS 195. An honors thesis can be ranked "no honors," "honors," "high honors" or "highest honors." This is a deliberation that happens at the time of your defense among your committee members, based on how outstanding a job they think you have done with the project. This is one of the reasons that it is so critical to keep in touch with your entire committee during the whole process of conceptualizing and writing the thesis.

NEW DEADLINE:
October (10/07/15): Senior Honors Thesis Candidate Forms must be returned to Dowling Hall by October 7, 2015. If you choose to do an Honors Thesis (CIS 195), you and your primary advisor must complete the Senior Honors Thesis Candidate Form. For department write "CIS" and for the Chairperson write your primary advisor for your IS Major. This form must be signed by primary advisor and the IS Major Committee Chair, Julie Dobrow.

Mid-November (~11/16/15) - Students petition to graduate through the SIS system
Students and advisors complete Degree Sheets and the Majors Checklist. Both forms must be signed by primary advisor and the IS Major Committee Chair, Julie Dobrow. Return the completed forms to Student Services, Dowling Hall. Copies must also be brought to CIS, Eaton Hall.

Primary Advisor completes Thesis Candidate Form (when applicable –see details above). If you choose to do an Honors Thesis (CIS 195) you must complete the Thesis Candidate Form. For department write "CIS" and for the Chairperson write your primary advisor for your IS Major. This form must be signed by primary advisor and the IS Major Committee Chair, Julie Dobrow.
Spring semester
Primary Advisor
Meet with your primary advisor regularly, or at least 3-4 times during the semester. Such contact may be maintained by other means such as email communication, with the proviso that such communication is substantive and that the student keeps a journal print-out of the discussion undertaken in the email exchange.

Second/Third Advisors
Consult with and keep the second and third advisors on your committee apprised of progress and concerns throughout the semester; two meetings are recommended, but are not required.