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Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized

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The Individualized sequence of the Interdisciplinary Studies major allows a student, with the help of a faculty sponsor, to design a specialized program of study not otherwise offered by the University. This is intended for the student whose specific interests cannot be accommodated within existing programs.

Some topics chosen by students include Classical Civilization, Three Dimensional Design, and International Public Relations. The Individualized sequence is typically a second or auxiliary major but may be proposed as a primary major.

Students who complete the Individualized sequence will earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and have their transcripts noted: "Major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized Sequence: ____________" (the theme that is specified on the plan of study).

Why Study Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized?

Highly motivated students are encouraged to pursue the Individualized sequence of the Interdisciplinary Studies major because they are allowed to craft their own academic major.

Related Skills

While Interdisciplinary Studies majors give highly motivated students the opportunity to pursue their specific interests, these majors are not as clearly understood outside the University as traditional undergraduate majors. These majors do not prepare a student for a specific professional career or graduate field, nor do they satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure.

Because of their general nature, graduates may need to convince prospective employers or graduate schools that the degree preparation will enable them to succeed in a particular job or educational endeavor.

Contact the Career Center to speak with a career advisor about your options.

Applying to Illinois State

Only current Illinois State students can apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized sequence, after the completion of 15 semester hours of coursework. Start by filling out this inquiry form.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Only current Illinois State students can apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized sequence, after the completion of 15 semester hours of coursework. Start by filling out this inquiry form.

Minimum GPA

Not available.

Middle 50% GPA

Not available. -

Required Courses

None.

Recommended Courses

None.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Marty Greenberg  340 Fell Hall  mbgreen@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7604 

Middle 50% GPA

Not available. -

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

Applications are always available. Applications are reviewed once a month.

Application Information

Current students who are interested in this sequence should start by filling out the Interdisciplinary Studies inquiry form. An academic advisor will contact you to discuss your options prior to completing the application.

Students should select an appropriate faculty advisor to assist in developing a Plan of Study, which must contain 36-55 hours from at least two academic departments.

Admission Requirements

  • After the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of application.

How to Apply

Apply to this sequence on My.IllinoisState.edu. (The Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized sequence can be found under the "University-Wide" department.) At this time, you be will asked to:

  • Submit your Rationale explaining why you want to pursue this major.
  • Submit your Plan of Study for approval by your faculty advisor, the Interdisciplinary Studies Major Committee, and the Office of the Provost. Your Plan of Study will be closely reviewed to ensure your plan is realistic.

If your proposed major is approved, your Plan of Study is filed with the Office of the University Registrar. At this point the major is officially declared.

Changes in an approved plan of study must be authorized in advance. A letter outlining the proposed change and signed by the faculty advisor should be submitted to Marty Greenberg in University College. Requests for changes in more than one-sixth of the approved program constitute a new proposal and must be resubmitted subject to all the conditions of an initial application.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Marty Greenberg  340 Fell Hall  mbgreen@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7604 
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