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With an interdisciplinary major, the possibilities for study are limited only by the student’s imagination. Possible subjects include study of a period, an idea, or a set of problems. A student may choose to study the Renaissance through courses in English, history, art and music. Or a student may choose to study human freedom through courses in philosophy, psychology, sociology and political science. Other possibilities include the study of songwriting through courses in English, creative writing and music or a major in East Asian studies through courses in Chinese, Japanese, history and political science. Other recent interdisciplinary majors include: Culture, Art and Society; Narrative Art of the Screen and Page; Linguistics; Web Design and Programming; and Uncommon Characters – Design and Development. Do you have ideas?
For the interdisciplinary major, the student works out her program of study with two advisors from different departments and presents it to the chair for approval.
The interdisciplinary major consists of at least eight courses, including a course in research methods from one of the disciplines (or an equivalent introduction to sources and a coordinating tutorial chosen in consultation with the student's two advisors.) In addition, the major requires one internship related to the area of interest. The following restrictions will apply in all cases:
By the end of the senior year, all interdisciplinary majors will submit a capstone portfolio to the chair of the program for evaluation. The capstone portfolio must contain the following items: 1) a résumé and cover letter, 2) a research paper (graded) related to their major topic, 3) the evaluation form from the supervisor of the required internship related to the major program of study, and 4) a personal essay evaluating the internship related to the major program of study with respect to the student's future career or education goals.
Media Production and Design
An exploration of the art of graphic design incorporating the skills of communication and uses of media in culture, photography and digital manipulation. Courses completed in fulfillment of the interdisciplinary major requirements:
A course of study to profoundly analyze the cultures, writing and politics of Spain and Latin America. Courses completed in fulfillment of the interdisciplinary major requirements: