Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.The
purpose of this brief introduction is to provide general information for
those of you considering an IDIS major or minor who seek an individually
designed thematic option, i.e., creating a new major designed
specifically for you.The
information provided is not meant as a substitute for the individual
advising you will seek out from faculty who serve as program directors
or advisers.It is meant to
introduce the options available to you.
University has instituted an Intentional Advising Program to help
students get the most out of their college education.The program addresses the importance of academic advising across
all four years in a strategic and progressive manner.It is designed to meet students’ needs at different stages of
their Towson experience.
From the first year through graduation, each year has a different focal
point: transition, focus, engagement and commencement.The IDIS program sees advising as a key to students’ academic
success.When you determine
that IDIS programs suit your intellectual interests and career goals, by
working closely with your adviser, you can turn your dreams into
IDIS provides students with the opportunity to pursue
a course of study unavailable through any single discipline at Towson
offers students three alternatives:
designed thematic major or minor
designed major tracks, and
3)Nine minor tracks.
A major in IDIS requires a minimum of 45
upper-division units (300-400 level) though the IDIS director may
approve substitutions of particularly significant lower-division
courses.All 45 units
must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.Students pursuing a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies must
likewise complete the required units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or
higher.IDIS majors may
transfer up to 21 units toward completion of the major.IDIS minors may transfer up to 9 units toward completion of the
The individually designed thematic option allows
students to pursue a major or minor that is not available at Towson University
but is offered at other colleges or universities.This option places special responsibilities on the student.
1)First of all, the student must find the model for
the major she or he wishes to pursue in the catalog of another
student must determine that Towson University offers the specific or
equivalent courses necessary to complete the major.
2)Second, the student must meet with the Director of
IDIS to ask for preliminary approval of the proposed major.
3)Third, with the assistance of the Director of
IDIS, the student identifies a professor with the necessary expertise
who is willing to serve as his or her major adviser.
4)Fourth, under the
guidance of the major adviser, the student must write a program of study
that includes a name/title for the individually designed thematic
option, a description of its goals, and a list of required and elective
After formal approval by
the faculty adviser, the student and the Director of IDIS, the signed
agreement constitutes the requirements of the student’s major.
Students interested in
the individually designed thematic option should declare their major as
soon as possible, ideally no later than the first term of the junior
The general information presented here is subject to change and does not
stand in the place of a face-to-face meeting with an adviser.Please consult the Towson University Catalog or the IDIS web site
for detailed information about specific major and minor tracks as well
as the names and contact information for program directors.The College of Liberal Arts believes strongly in supporting
students who look for creative and imaginative ways to integrate their