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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration

Tufts University

Medford - Somerville Campus, Medford, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
The degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science is conferred on all students who complete this program. Students whose major concentration is applied mathematics, applied physics, astrophysics, biochemistry, biology, biopsychology, chemical physics, chemistry, cognitive and brain Sciences, computer science, engineering psychology, environmental studies (as second major only), geological sciences, geology, mathematics, and physics are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Those majoring in psychology, psychology/clinical and quantitative economics may choose to receive the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts at the time they complete their degree sheet. Students in all other majors will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students whose multiple majors make them eligible for either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree may choose between the two when completing their degree sheet. An interdisciplinary major requires a high degree of both independent initiative and self-discipline from the student. The Interdisciplinary Studies major draws on courses from at least two of the following six areas of study: humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics (quantitative), and engineering, plus a senior-year thesis project chosen to integrate the student’s program. The thesis topic should therefore not be one which could be done within a regular departmental program. Rather, it represents a separate field of study with an identifiable methodology appropriate to the topic. An interdisciplinary major is not a fallback or a substitute for those who cannot decide on a major, nor is it necessarily a way of creating a major that at present does not exist at Tufts. Rather, it is a serious undertaking for the student who is committed to blending disciplines in a way that is demonstrably relevant to an identifiable area of intellectual inquiry. Learning Objectives: Competencies: Identifying, understanding and framing issues and problems (whether of global or more local significance) outside of a single, discipline-based inquiry. Formulating an interdisciplinary perspective on said issue/problem. Competency in designing an intellectually sound plan to integrate disciplines in order to address said issue/problem in an original, cogent and compelling way. Demonstrating this competency, originality and cogency in a final-year project and/or thesis In addition, an Interdisciplinary Studies student will demonstrate: Independent initiative and self-disciplines His/her unique intellectual interests and ability to pursue them in a dedicated and productive fashion His/her understanding of the complexity of issues and problems and his/her ability to construct and pursue a cutting-edge methodology in their articulation.