There are two types of CIS majors, each with its own requirements.
Student-designed majors are created by students 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. Please begin the process of declaring your CIS major by completing the application found in our Application Guidelines. You will need to present your idea for an interdisciplinary major to faculty members who will sign a plan of study and commit to active participation in the CIS. Examples of student-designed majors include Linguistics, Public Health, and Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PDF), to name a few.
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. For a detailed description of the major application process, please contact any of the chairs of the following programs:
- Arab Studies
- Communication Studies
- Digital & Screen Media
- Educational Studies
- Global Literary Theory
- Russian Language and Literature – Only for the class of '22 (declared majors in progress). Students of '23-'25 should see the catalog for the updated majors.
- Russian Studies – Only for the class of '22 (declared majors in progress). Students of '23-'25 should see the catalog for the updated majors.
Both student-designed and center-established majors require a great deal of planning and communication with faculty members. It is a good idea to begin exploring possibilities in the spring of your first year, and no later than the fall semester of your sophomore year.
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