FAQs for IS Majors

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a GPA minimum for IS major applications?

Candidates who are applying for an Interdisciplinary major should have a minimum GPA of 3.4. Review the full list of requirements and the application process.

How many credits make up an interdisciplinary major?

30-36 credits.

Can IS majors double major or minor in other programs?

The IS major allows for a second major, although it prohibits triple majors. Because an IS major already combines at least three different departments or programs, we discourage students from double majoring although it is technically possible to do so. A student may only do one disciplinary minor but more than one interdisciplinary minor. The rules in place are to prevent too much overlap:

  1. a student cannot pursue both a major and a minor in the same discipline, and
  2. the IS major may not double count more than two courses from their Interdisciplinary Studies major towards another major or minor. If the minor is too similar to the IS major or the other major, this could be a problem.

What kinds of topics have students undertaken as IS majors?

A few sample topics from recent years include:

  • Defining Somali Womanhood through Multimedia Narratives: Colonialism/Race/Diaspora Studies, Education, Film and Media Studies
  • Computational Economics:  Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Political Comedy: Political Science, Civic Studies, Film and Media Studies
  • Children’s Environmental Learning: Child Development, Environmental Studies, and Film and Media Studies
  • Africana Language, Linguistics and Literature Studies: African Studies, Child Development, and Linguistics
  • Digital Media: Film & Media Studies, Computer Science, and English
  • Media Linguistics: Philosophy, Child Development, and Psychology
  • Bio Dramatics: Biology, Drama and Communications
  • International Urban Development: History, Urban Environmental Planning, and Art History

Students may view past Senior Honors Theses online at the Tufts Digital Library. Students can also read any past Senior Honors Theses in the CIS office. Contact Julie Dobrow to set up an appointment. Students may also view past theses online.

Can IS majors study abroad?

There are no restrictions on IS majors studying abroad. Students must plan their coursework accordingly and remain in contact with their faculty advisors to be sure they are on track with completing the IS major requirements.

Does my capstone project have to be a written thesis?

No, although there is always a written component to it. Past IS major capstone projects have included an original play that was written, produced and performed; a series of poems and raps; and a photojournalism essay.

What is the thesis defense?

This one-hour meeting is an opportunity for the student and faculty committee to discuss and assess achievements and reflect on areas for improvement. The faculty advisors jointly grade the project at that time and assign the level of honors for the thesis. The thesis defense must take place by the last day of reading period.

Commencement and Transcript Information

Late February / Early March

IS Majors may elect which departmental or programmatic commencement ceremony they wish to attend. Most attend that to which their primary advisor is connected. Please indicate your choice in the SIS system by the Registrar's deadline. Students must also notify Audrey Aduama in CIS of their commencement plans.

Early May

Students provide the title for their IS major for transcript purposes via an email to Audrey Aduama. You are allotted 53 characters including spaces.

StARR Center Resources and Contacts

Students thinking about conducting a research project, such as a senior thesis, should be aware of the numerous support programs and opportunities that the Student Accessibility and Academic Resource (StAAR) Center provides around writing, presentation skills, time management, and other topics.

Tisch Library Resources

Tisch Library offers workshops regarding research, media, data, and how to cite sources. Workshop schedules are posted at the start of each semester. More information >

Meet with a Tisch Librarian - Students are encouraged to meet with librarians individually to gain an increased awareness of relevant library resources, and learn how to use them as efficiently and effectively as possible. More information >

The Digital Design Studio (DDS), housed within Tisch's Media Center, is a collaborative learning space for the creation of course-related multimedia projects including video, audio, imaging, and web publishing. Learn more >