Interdisciplinary Studies Program Requirements
In the Interdisciplinary Studies program, you will work with advisors to create an academic program that pulls elements from several of the College’s academic programs into a comprehensive whole.
Interdisciplinary Studies Major
In consultation with two full-time faculty members, the student develops a written proposal outlining the student's goals, objectives, and methods of evaluation. Advisors should come from different departments.
- Although the student may choose this major when entering the College, s/he ordinarily will not organize the detailed plan of study until after completing at least 30 credits at the College.
- The major program consists of at least 12 courses (36 credits), at least 50 percent of which must be completed at St. John Fisher College.
- Approval of advisors and the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences must be obtained no later than the point at which the student begins the last 12 credits of the major coursework.
- No more than two courses at the 100 level will be counted toward the major. The remaining 10 courses submitted for the major must be at or beyond the 200 level, and at least five must be at or beyond the 300 level.
- Interdisciplinary studies cannot be used as part of a double major.
- A minor declared by an interdisciplinary studies major may not include any courses already being used in the program designed for the major.
The Interdisciplinary Major Proposal form is available in the Registrar's Office.
Interdisciplinary Studies Minor
Students may request an interdisciplinary studies minor, which could include courses from a variety of fields. For an interdisciplinary minor, students must obtain the signature of their academic advisor and the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and submit a list of courses to be used (a minimum of six courses - 18 credits), along with a statement describing the goals of the minor. No more than one course required for the major may be used for the interdisciplinary minor. The Declaration of Minor form is available in the Center for Academic Advising and Support Services.
Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.