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DIRECTOR’S GUIDANCE FOR THE CISS MAJOR/MINOR PROGRAM (Revised August, 2009) The Multidisciplinary Major/Minor Program of CISS affords students the opportunity to design their own curriculum. Student-designed majors/minors may be constructed in one of two ways: 1) A student may use a faculty-designed template to develop a course of study. German studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and a few others have templates that specify general areas and some courses that are required for a satisfactory major; or 2) A student may design an entirely unique major or minor with the guidance of facultyadvisors. In either case, here is the process to follow: Initial Meeting : The student should read over this guidance page and look over the application forms on Moodle and then schedule an appointment to meet with Prof. Richard Matlak, the Director of CISS. Call Maureen Consigli at 508- 793-2497 to schedule an appointment or email her at [email protected] The Rationale Statement : Conceptualizing the major/minor is the chief task of the student. This requires more than collecting courses related to a particular topic. If one were designing a major in Catholic Studies, for example, s/he cannot just select courses that have the term “Catholic” in them. There has to be an idea or a theme behind the major/minor. The proposal and its curriculum should define a systematic body of knowledge and demonstrate a logical progression, especially in the case of a major. Movement through the major should involve the acquisition of greater depth and knowledge. Courses should move from introductory to intermediate to advanced levels. A capstone course or tutorial is required for unique majors, which is usually taken in the senior year. A major proposal should be 3-5 pages; 3 pages would be sufficient for a minor. It should describe the area of interest, your reason for wanting to study it, what you know about your proposed area of interest at the present time, and how the curriculum you have developed will achieve your academic goals. Also, describe the kind of capstone experience you would wish to develop to complete your major. Minors don’t need capstones and the proposal need not be as thorough, although all of the areas mentioned here are matters to address. Although we want to know why you want to design your own major or minor, please try not to get carried away solely with your personal reasons for wanting to design a major or a minor. A paragraph on your personal reasons will be sufficient. We are primarily interested in the intellectual merit of your area of study
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