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									Office of Academic Advising                                       Degree Audit Checklist:
Garland Hall, Suite 3A / 3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore MD 21218
410-516-8216
advising@jhu.edu
                                                                  Interdisciplinary Major
www.advising.jhu.edu




                                                        Expected graduation date:    May   December    Year:

Name:
                                                                           Hopkins ID:
           Last Name, First Name, MI

Email address:                                                                        (    )      -
                                                                           Phone#:

Additional major or minor:

The purpose of this major is to allow students to design a major course of study that crosses multiple disciplines,
yet forms a conceptual whole. It is not intended to allow a student to randomly select courses of interest to them or
to selectively omit one or two requirements from another major currently offered on campus. The major must have
a theme, an in-depth examination of a particular topic, or a defined field of study.

Process for becoming an Interdisciplinary Studies Major:

    1. Jot down a few ideas about the major you wish to design and the courses you will include in the major.
    2. Identify a full-time faculty member on the Homewood campus, preferably someone who may know
       something about your area of interest, and meet with them to discuss your ideas.
    3. With assistance from your faculty sponsor, write a proposal.
    4. Submit the proposal to Dean James Fry in the Office of Academic Advising for revisions.
    5. Final approval will be determined by the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee.

Guidelines for all proposals:

    1. You should expect to include a minimum of 45 credits of courses and necessary prerequisites and a
       maximum of 60 credits for the major.
    2. A minimum of 21 credits must be completed at the 300-level or higher and may NOT be counted toward
       another major or minor.
    3. Courses offered by the School of Engineering (including “business” courses) may not be included in your
       major requirements (Some minor exceptions may be permissible).
    4. You must have a faculty sponsor. Please turn in the Faculty Sponsor Agreement with your initial
       proposal to Dean Fry.
    5. You must complete all other University requirements for graduation, including distribution and writing
       intensive courses. Please turn in the Distribution Requirements Form with your proposal.
    6. Proposal guidelines:
           a. You must provide a clear explanation of how the classes you have selected form a coherent,
               intellectual whole.
           b. Be sure to discuss the relationships between your courses.
           c. Do not spend time justifying the importance of “interdisciplinary study.”
           d. This does not have to be a “research proposal.” Your explanation may only take a couple of
               pages.
           e. Include a listing of all the courses you plan to complete for your major. Write one to 2 sentences
               describing how each course relates to your major.
           f. You may include a senior thesis or independent research as part of your major requirements, but
               you are not required to do so.
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              g. Please verify with departments that courses you plan to take in the future will be offered.
              h. You must complete the process before the end of your junior year to be eligible to declare this
                 major.


                                        Faculty Sponsor Agreement
   (form should be completed and submitted with the proposal to Dean James Fry, Office of Academic Advising)


I, ______________________________, have agreed to serve as faculty sponsor for ____________________
        (print name)                                                               (student’s name)

who wishes to pursue an Interdisciplinary Studies major.



As a faculty sponsor:
Please initial each item:


________          I am a full-time faculty member on the Homewood and it is my intent at this time to serve as the

                  student’s advisor until his/her graduation date of _________________.


________          I have reviewed the student’s proposal and am in agreement with the courses selected.


________          I have prompted the student to check with the department’s offering the courses required for this

                  major to check that future courses planned will be offered.


________          I have reminded the student that final approval of this proposal will come from the Arts and

                  Sciences Curriculum Committee.



My contact information is:
Office location: ____________________

Phone number: _________________________

Email address: _____________________________




My signature, acknowledging my decision to serve as a faculty sponsor:


_____________________________________________________________                       Date: _________________




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                                 Distribution Requirements Form

General guidelines:
   1. You must complete no fewer than 30 credits of courses that carry distribution credit of any kind outside
       your major.
   2. You must complete no fewer than 12 credits of N, Q, or E courses either in your major or as electives.
   3. You must complete no fewer than 12 credits of H courses either in your major or as electives.
   4. You must complete no fewer than 12 credits of S courses either in your major or as electives.
   5. The remaining distribution expectations must be completed in the spirit of the University distribution
       requirements and agreed upon with the Dean Jim Fry.

Your 30 distribution credits:

Course No. and Title                                         Credits      Completed    In Progress     To be Done

NQE courses

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H courses

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S courses

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Signature of Dean Jim Fry indicating approval of this list of courses: ________________________________
(Note: some minor changes to your exact course selection for distribution may occur after approval of the proposal
by Dean Fry.)



                                          Major Requirements
All courses for your major must be taken for a grade and you must receive a C- or higher. Courses taken S/U or
P/F may not count towards your major. A minimum of 21 credits must be completed at the 300-level or higher and
may NOT be counted toward another major or minor. Once your proposed list of courses has been accepted by
the Curriculum Committee, you may not change the courses required for your major without approval.

Course No. and Title                                         Credits      Completed     In Progress    To be Done

Courses at the 100 and 200 level:

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 Total number of credits:

Courses at the 300 or 400 level:

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     .

 Total number of credits:




University Requirements:                                                   Completed         In Progress       To be Done


 120 total credits

 60 credits at Johns Hopkins

 4 semesters at Johns Hopkins

 12 credits writing intensive courses

 No more than 18 D credits

 No more than 4 Carey Business School and School of Education courses

 C average or better in your major

 No more than 12 transfer credits

 HOW MANY SEMESTERS WILL YOU HAVE COMPLETED AT TIME OF GRADUATION?


Language Elements Courses: Students who take the first semester of an elementary language course in French, German,
Greek, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew, Portuguese or Spanish must complete the second semester course as well or lose the
credit for the first term.

FOR JUNIORS ONLY:

Student’s Statement:
I have reviewed my progress toward meeting the graduation requirements for my major. I understand which requirements have
been completed and which remain to be completed, including those that are in progress, if any.


______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Student’s Signature                                                                           Date



Advisor’s Statement:
I have reviewed progress toward meeting the graduation requirements for the major with the student. We have marked which
requirements have been completed and which remain to be completed, including those that are in progress, if any

______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Faculty Advisor’s Name                         Signature                                      Date


____________________________________________________________ (Obtain spring of junior year for jr. clearance)
Dean Jim Fry’s Signature                Date




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