Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies

Students wishing to earn departmental honors in any Major should contact the Director of the University Honors Program for guidance. Interdisciplinary Studies students should ordinarily declare their intent to complete the IDS degree with honors when they initially submit their integrative learning plan (ILP) for departmental approval.

IDS majors who wish to graduate with honors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 within the ILP, and an cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25;
  2. Successfully complete a Senior Honors thesis (directly related to the ILP title) which includes earning six hours of Arts and Sciences 3999 and an oral defense. Students must arrange for a faculty member from the ILP component, with approval of the IDS Director or their representative, to direct the thesis. The thesis is to be defended orally before a committee composed of the thesis director, a representative of the IDS department, and a representative of the honors program.