Boise State University offers a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies. In consultation with faculty, students may combine courses from more than one college or more than one department to create an individualized program of educational experience. The program is designed for mature students who wish to continue education at the graduate level but do not seek specialized training in a major area. The program is not a substitute for the traditional master’s degree; rather, it is intended for students with broader interests in several fields or those whose career goals do not match fully with a single, identifiable academic unit or department. Emphasis is placed on continued intellectual and cultural development in a constantly changing society where new intellectual and career interests may extend over several traditional specializations.
The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and directly supervised by the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. A university-wide Interdisciplinary Studies Committee consists of the Graduate Dean or Associate Dean and members from a broad range of disciplines appointed by the appropriate Dean. The Director of Interdisciplinary Studies serves as the chair of that committee and oversees the program. Each student in the program also has a graduate committee composed of three faculty members from the disciplines making up the student’s interdisciplinary program. The student’s graduate committee has the responsibility of helping the student select a particular program of study and recommends to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee that it be accepted as the student’s formal plan of study, thereby indicating that the members of the committee regard it as a viable program of graduate study. The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee is responsible for approving the members of the proposed graduate committee and for deciding whether to approve the student’s plan of study.
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