The interdisciplinary majors concept serves to satisfy current and future learning and career needs with minimized resource demand. Nearly all personnel, faculty advising-mentoring, interdisciplinary major student participation, training opportunities, supplies, space, and administration needs are intended to be met, at least at a minimal level, from the resources of the home departments of the participating faculty members of different interdisciplinary majors.
There are two general pathways through which a student may pursue an interdisciplinary major. In an established Programmatic Interdisciplinary Major Concentration, a qualified student may enter that established programmatic interdisciplinary major program and follow its scheme and course options to graduation.
The second option is for the student to propose, first with the guidance of a primary faculty advisor and second, with the approval of a committee of advisors in the relevant fields, an individualized interdisciplinary major.
Each pathway falls within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the scheme for proposing Interdisciplinary Major Concentrations is outlined in a proposal rubric approved by the faculty. The rubrics provide guidance to applicants proposing to create an interdisciplinary major at either the programmatic level or at the individualized level.