Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

Plymouth offers both a BA and a BS degree with major in Interdisciplinary Studies. Interdisciplinary Studies majors construct their own major to meet their personal needs, interests, and career objectives when these fall across disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Studies major often serves the needs of undecided students who are genuinely interested in several disciplines or students with traditional majors who discover their interests are broader than the one discipline.

There are two options for Interdisciplinary Studies majors: Multi-Field Studies and Thematic Studies. They are described in the Academic Catalog. A student considering this major should be referred to meet with a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Council.  Students may also contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Speare 208 with questions and to request an application.

After that initial meeting, the student contacts an appropriate advisor to help the student define the focus of the major and select appropriate courses.   The student submits an application for the major which, once approved, will become the student’s interdisciplinary contract.  Applications are due the first day of the month, September through December, and February through May, where they are reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council.

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Giving Back Is Its Own Reward

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