Most interdisciplinary majors are center-established majors. These are majors that have already been designed by faculty but cannot definitively be regularly offered for a variety of reasons. Center-established majors have been reviewed internally and externally, and like other majors in the college, have a set list of required and elective courses. Most students who major through the CIS are center-established majors.
Students must apply for CIS majors. For a detailed description of the major application process, visit our CIS Application Process.
A few interdisciplinary majors each year are student-designed majors, which are created by students themselves in close consultation with at least two interested faculty members. Like other majors, they require courses that offer both a breadth of study as well as depth of knowledge and methodology in a particular field; in addition, student-designed majors required a capstone project that integrates the courses together.
Both center-established and student-designed majors require a great deal of planning and communication with the CIS director and involved faculty. It is a good idea to begin exploring possibilities in the spring of your first year, but definitely in the fall semester of your sophomore year.