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Interdepartmental Programs

Writing a Proposal

You may meet with each of your faculty advisors and academic advisor several times in the process of clarifying your proposal and determining the most appropriate core and supplementary courses. It’s helpful if you take notes on your drafts and date them.

Before meeting with your faculty advisors:

  1. Compile a list of coursework you have completed thus far, and your grades in each course. (You may find it helpful to print your academic history from student ACCESS for your personal use.)
  2. Create a list of those courses you are considering as part of your proposal. Use the online course schedules to find selections.

After you and your advisors have agreed on your proposed major or minor:

  1. Fill out the proposal form and have it signed by your advisors. Give each of them a copy of your proposal, and keep one for yourself. Also give them a copy of the Faculty Recommendation Form. (The originals will be duplicated for faculty committee use, so please either type, using the online PDF, or print legibly in dark ink.)
  2. Bring your completed proposal form and essays to Lattimore 203, where an academic advisor will meet with you to review and sign your proposal. 

The Faculty Committee is comprised of representatives of each of the College’s divisions: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Within a week of the review meeting, you’ll be notified by mail of the committee’s decision. 

If your proposal is approved, you will receive a completed major declaration form along with your approval letter. If your proposal is conditionally approved, the committee will give reasons and conditions to be met in order for the proposal to be approved. You will be asked to respond to the committee within two weeks of the decision. If your proposal is not approved, the committee will give reasons and suggestions for majors (and/or minors) that may be suited to your academic interests.  In this case, the committee’s decision cannot be appealed. Any student is free to submit a new proposal to be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting.

Because not every proposal is approved, it is your responsibility to ensure that you can complete an already existing major.