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:
- Introduce the title of your program
- Describe your program
- Explain how/why you created this program
- 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 and WRCO. You may choose to include the IDS courses if you like.
4) Conclusion: in your conclusion, do the following:
- Explain how your program is interdisciplinary
- explain how this program will prepare you for your future
- 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.