Major in IS

Major Requirements

An Interdisciplinary Studies Major consists of:

  • At least ten courses from various departments and programs, at least five of which should be taken at Tufts or as part of a Tufts Study Abroad Program. One or more Experimental College course may be included, as long as it is consistent with your program description.
  • Regular meetings with your advisory committee.
  • An Interdisciplinary Studies major thesis or project that counts as two additional credits. As noted in the Tufts Bulletin, CIS 95 /CIS 195 (Honors) are reserved for the thesis:

    CIS 95 Interdisciplinary Studies Major Thesis. Guided research on a topic, which has been approved as part of your Interdisciplinary Studies major.

    The thesis topic is chosen to integrate the various courses in your program. You should submit the thesis manuscript plus two copies to the advisory committee several weeks before the end of classes in your final semester at Tufts, or at an earlier date, if required by the advisors. If you were placed on the Dean's list at least two semesters before your senior year, you may opt for an Honors Thesis.
  • An oral defense of your thesis, carried out with your advisory committee.

Changes to the Major

Any significant changes to the proposed major once it is declared—including curricular changes, thesis topic changes, and advisory committee changes—must be approved by the student's advisory committee and reported to CIS with an explanation and a letter of support from the primary advisor.