Interdisciplinary Studies Major: For Current Majors
For Current Majors: Seniors
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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