How to Declare the B.I.S.

Students walking down Broad StreetOur advisors assist students in determining the appropriateness of their plans, inform students of the Interdisciplinary Studies major’s curricular requirements and provide guidance on the declaration process. With our assistance, students delineate their educational goals and design their interdisciplinary curricula by drawing on a variety of course offerings. Each student’s plan must define a specific focus area that combines a minimum of two or three areas of study.

The proposed interdisciplinary curriculum plan will be evaluated by the advisor, and then by the Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Each plan will be evaluated based on compliance with university degree requirements as well as B.I.S. curriculum and individualized program requirements. Students will be notified in writing (via email) of the Associate Director’s decision to either approve the plan as submitted, or require further modification.

After joining the program, students will follow their approved, finalized, individualized curriculum plan, which will be reflected in their Degree Works page. The finalized curriculum plan is the official permanent record of the student’s degree requirements. Any proposed adjustments to the curricular plan must be submitted, along with a written justification for the changes, to the advisor, and must be approved by the I.D.S. Associate Director before they become official.

B.I.S. Declaration Form

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Watch the info session below to gain a better understanding of what becoming a B.I.S. student entails.