Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers you flexibility in planning your degree. But it also has certain carefully enforced rules. Basically, to ensure that your planning is academically sound, the program requires you to obtain adequate faculty counseling and to write a detailed and acceptable proposal explaining you plans. The proposal describes and explains the topic of your major equivalent, lists the major-equivalent courses, and justifies their selection as part of an integrated package. These courses total 36 credit hours, and must come from three or more departments. Remember, at least 21 of the credits for your major equivalent must consist of courses that you have not yet started.

Currently, the only approved emphasis for Maui Nui students encompasses the Human Relations in Organizations theme. Your major can encompass academic courses from departments including Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Family Resources, Women Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Communication, Geography, English, Political Science, Disability Studies, Special Education, Learning Design and Technology, Communicology, and Peace and Conflict Resolution, depending on your interests and goals.

In addition to the 36 credit major equivalent, Interdisciplinary Studies majors need to meet University core and program requirements, including two-years of Hawaiian or a foreign language. Because these may differ slightly according to each individualʻs case (e.g., the studentʻs date of entry, the core currently in place, etc.), students should actively consult with the Maui IS advisor as well as their STAR transcript to check on the status of the core and program requirements. It is important to note that students completing the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies need to satisfy the new general education core requirements and college level requirements. You must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit, of which at least 45 credits must be upper-division credits. Students can complete most, if not all, of the core requirements including the Hawaiian or foreign language at the community college level.

A sample proposal available from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program shows the desired format and illustrates how the Universityʻs regulations may be met. See the Sample Proposal.

Remember again: At the time your proposal is accepted, you must still complete at least 21 credits of course work in your major equivalent during subsequent semesters or terms.

Faculty advising is provided by the UH Mānoa Outreach College on Maui Coordinator and advisor, Kehau Newhouse.