2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Offered as a way for students to “create their own major” when their academic interest do not fall neatly along traditional disciplinary lines. Proposed interdisciplinary majors which appear designed to avoid particular required courses in established majors will not be approved.

Interested students contact the Undergraduate Associate Dean of AddRan College. If the student’s plan of study has merit, the Associate Dean will work with him/her to identify appropriate faculty to serve on the student’s Faculty Supervisory Committee which will consist of at least two relevant faculty members in different departments with one designated as chair and primary academic adviser. The student, with assistance from the Faculty Committee, will propose a specific course of study, which will then be submitted to the Associate Dean for formal approval and which will then serve to create the student’s official degree plan. Programs of study involving coursework from outside AddRan College must also be approved by the Dean or Associated Dean of the school(s) or college(s) offering those courses.

In addition to the specific coursework to be completed, the student’s proposal must address each of the following:

  1. Discuss your long term educational and career goals.
  2. Discuss why these goals cannot be achieved within an existing departmental major or within a combination of a department major and minor and/or certificate.
  3. How do you propose to integrate the courses you have listed into a unified course of study? Explain how you propose to make your major more than just a series of courses in different departments.

To be eligible for the program, students must have earned a TCU GPA of at least 3.0 and have earned at least 24, but not more than 66, semester hours credit. The eligibility of incoming transfer students (who lack a TCU GPA) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The proposed program of study must consist of a minimum of 36 semester hours chosen from at least two different academic disciplines, 24 of which must be upper-division (30000 or above).

  • No more than 24 hours may be taken from a single academic discipline.
  • At least 24 hours must be taken from within AddRan College.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of independent or directed study (or Junior Honors Seminar and Senior Honors Thesis) may be applied to the major. Students in the John V. Roach Honors College interested in pursing departmental honors may, with the approval of the department chair, do so in one the departments making up their interdisciplinary course of study.

For both the B.A. and B.S. degrees, a minor is required. For the B.A. degree, 4th semester proficiency in a foreign language is required. For the B.S. degree, sufficient coursework of a quantitative nature must be included in the proposed course of study to justify the B.S. degree. The choice between the B.A. and B.S. degrees is to be determined by the nature of the proposed course of study, rather than any aversion to either foreign language or quantitative coursework, and is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean.

No course applied to the student’s major may also be applied to the minor.