Writing Your Interdisciplinary Studies Program Statement

These tips are just guidelines, designed to help you communicate your program ideas clearly to the Interdisciplinary Studies Council. For additional tips and assistance, talk with a faculty advisor!

1)   Title: Make sure the title of your program is at the top of your statement, along with your name.

2)   Intro: in your introduction, do the following:

  1. Introduce the title of your program
  2. Describe your program
  3. Explain how/why you created this program
  4. Explain why no current PSU program (like a major and minor) could have met your needs; explain why your program is different from current PSU program offerings.

3)   Course Explanations: describe why you included EACH course in your contract. Include your QRCO. You may choose to include the IDS courses if you like.

4)   Conclusion: in your conclusion, do the following:

  1. Explain how your program is interdisciplinary
  2. explain how this program will prepare you for your future

Other Tips:

  • adopt a positive and professional tone;
  • use boldface to highlight the titles of each course;
  • avoid run-on sentences (especially comma splices) and fragments;
  • use apostrophes correctly;
  • visit the Writing Center in the library for additional help.

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