Interdisciplinary Studies

In special circumstances, a student wishing to pursue a course of study not available within the stated offerings of John Brown University may present a petition to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, requesting approval of an individualized program leading to a baccalaureate or associate's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Such a program should be thoughtfully designed in consultation with a faculty adviser after the student has had significant college experience. Therefore, a student should not begin the proposal process prior to the second semester of the sophomore year.

Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Studies Programs must conform to general university degree requirements, including the following:

> Full Core Curriculum, possibly employing substitutions allowed within existing degrees;

> For B.A. programs, major field consisting of at least 36 semester hours and 12 hours of foreign language;

> For B.S. programs, major field consisting of at least 48 semester hours;

> At least 18 hours of upper-division courses included the major field, with no presumption of waiver of specified prerequisites;

> Stated minimums for major, minor, and cumulative grade-point averages;

> Minimum credit of 124 total semester hours.

Associate's Interdisciplinary Studies Programs must conform to general university two-year degree requirements, including the following:

> Full 28-hour Core Curriculum as stated for associate's degrees, possibly employing existing exceptions;

> Major field consisting of at least 27 semester hours;

> Bachelor's degree students seeking a tandem associate's degree must propose at least 18 unique hours in the associate's major field;

> Stated residency requirements;

> Stated minimums for major, minor, and cumulative grade-point averages;

> Minimum credit of 62 total semester hours.

A student considering an Interdisciplinary Studies degree should begin discussion with the General Academic Adviser toward the establishment of a Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) to supervise the degree project. The FAC consists of two or three faculty members representing the academic divisions where substantial proportions of the desired courses are offered. FAC members offer guidance as the student initiates and navigates the process: defining/refining personal goals, designing a coherent program that is professionally relevant and academically valid, and completing the requirements as approved for the degree.

The student must submit to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies a detailed proposal that includes the following:

> Rationale for the desired major, including the student's personal aims;

> Documentation of any similar curricula offered by other accredited institutions;

> If the program is to form a foundation for advanced study, a statement of potential acceptability from a graduate institution to which the student may eventually apply;

> Specific course plan arranged in accordance with scheduled offerings stated in catalog;

> Current transcript showing a grade-point average of at least 2.8;

> Signatures of members of the Advisory Committee.

Final approval of proposals for Interdisciplinary Studies is granted by the Undergraduate Council.