and self-motivated students wishing to explore major courses of study not
offered by the College may petition for an Interdisciplinary Studies major. The
major allows such students the freedom to design and develop a course of study
which combines classes taken from several departments or areas. Each
Interdisciplinary Studies major must have a coherent thematic principle
governing the selection and sequencing of courses in the major and it must be
consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education. Students who would like
to explore an Interdisciplinary Studies major are urged to consult with their
faculty advisor or the office of the
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Examples of recently approved
Interdisciplinary Studies majors can be found on the Interdisciplinary Studies
web page (http://www.hendrix.edu/academics/academics.aspx?id=14586).
A student wishing to
pursue an interdisciplinary major should, before spring registration of the
sophomore year, find a faculty advisor who is interested in mentoring him or
her through this major. Under no circumstances should this be done later than
the fall semester of the student’s junior year.
The student and
advisor, working together, will draft a program of study satisfying the requirements for an
interdisciplinary major (see below).
- The student writes a justification for this major, articulating its overarching theme and
stating his or her aims and the way the major satisfies them.
- The student and advisor recruit one or two more faculty members to
constitute the supervisory committee for the major. The advisor chairs this
committee. The committee reviews and approves, with possible modifications,
the proposed major and its justification.
proposed major, signed by the student and the members of the committee, is sent to the
Associate Provost for approval, along with the student’s narrative
justification for it.
- If the Associate
Provost approves the proposed major, he or she notifies the student and the
committee in writing that the major has been accepted. The Associate Provost informs the Registrar of the student’s major requirements.
the major has been accepted the student should complete an Advisor Designation and Major/Minor Declaration form.
the major has been accepted, any changes must be approved by the committee and by the Associate Provost, who reports the changes to
addition to its thematic coherence, an interdisciplinary studies major must
include the following components.
- A clear title for the major;
- At least 10 courses
(with suitable alternate courses, if appropriate). As with any major, at least
50% of major courses must be taken in residence at the College and a minimum
grade point average of 2.0 in the major must be achieved;
- No fewer than 4 of the major courses
at the 300- or 400-level;
- The interdisciplinary
studies major proposal must include a senior capstone experience with elements
that are methodologically appropriate for the major. The proposal should
describe the capstone experience, explain how the grade will be determined, and
tell whether or not the capstone is course-based.