When to Apply
Students are encouraged to begin this process early in their sophomore year. This affords them an opportunity to develop their ideas and to find the necessary faculty support in a timely fashion. Students need to realize that while some proposals are approved, not all Individual Major Program proposals receive the approval of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies. So it is imperative to have a viable alternative plan that will not delay the student’s graduation date.
Generally, proposals are not accepted after the end of a student's junior year. At the time of proposal submission, no more than half the courses for the proposed major can be completed and/or currently elected.
There are typically four proposal deadlines during the regular academic year: early October, early December, early February, and early April. Please check our Events Page for a list of current proposal deadlines.
How to Apply
To be considered by the Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies, students must submit a complete proposal by the appropriate deadline. To be complete a proposal must include the following information:
- A cover sheet
- A intellectual statement of purpose (generally 4-5 pages in length)
- A curriculum proposal of 34 upper-level credits
- Recommendations from two LSA faculty members (see link "Faculty Proposal Review Form)
- An unofficial academic transcript
NOTE: All the documents above, with the exception of the faculty recommendation forms (which are to be emailed directly to Tyrone Stewart by your recommenders), should be delivered to the front desk staff of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall by 5:00 PM on the deadline.
All documents should be single-sided and not stapled.
The faculty recommendations must also be emailed directly to Tyrone Stewart by 5:00 PM on the deadline; he will append them to the other documents.
The Committee will not consider incomplete proposals.
Committee meetings are typically two weeks after the proposal deadline. The Program Advisor will communicate the committee's decision via e-mail after the meeting.
Members of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies should not be contacted or consulted regarding the summary of their decision (provided by the Program Advisor) nor can they assist in the writing of your proposal.
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