If your academic interests encompass two academic disciplines in Trinity College, you may wish to consider declaring an interdepartmental major (or IDM). The IDM draws in equal measure upon two Trinity College departments or programs that offer a major. There are two types of Interdepartmental Majors in Trinity College: student-originated IDMs, which are individualized programs proposed by a student, and department-originated IDMs that students can declare similar to any other major.
A student-proposed IDM must meet the following requirements:
If you would like to explore whether an IDM is right for you, you can talk with your college advisor, faculty in the area in which you might study, or the director of undergraduate studies in the departments you are considering. One of the questions to consider is whether completing an IDM is a better choice for you than declaring a regular major and minor.
To declare an IDM, you must develop a written plan for your program of study, give your IDM a descriptive title, and work with the directors of undergraduate studies in both departments to put together a cogent list of courses for the major that they will approve. You will specify which department is considered "primary". In considering your proposal, the directors of undergraduate studies should collaborate to insure that your IDM is rigorous and coherent. After you complete the IDM application and worksheet below and have both directors of undergraduate studies and advisors sign the application, then submit the signed form and worksheet to Dean Karen Murphy in 011 Allen Building for final approval, and then processing.
The Directors of Undergraduate Studies in two Trinity College departments or programs that offer a major may also propose an interdepartmental major (IDM). The proposed IDM will define a course of study covering core features of each discipline, such as theory, methodology, and research techniques. The criteria are the same as those criteria for student-proposed IDMs above. The directors of undergraduate studies in the two departments must agree to the required courses and elective options necessary for completing the IDM. Departments proposing an interdepartmental major must present a descriptive title for the major and a rationale for how the program of study fits into the educational mission of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the University. IDM proposals should be submitted to the Dean for Curriculum and will be evaluated to ensure that the proposal (1) meets the requirements stated above and (2) does not substantially duplicate an existing major. Trinity College will publish the requirements for approved department-proposed IDMs to the website and provide similar support for monitoring completion of requirements as other established majors. The IDM will be time-limited to 5 years, after which time, the IDM will be sunset or can be proposed as a permanent major.
Current active departmental IDMs and their dates of inception are as follows:
Data Science – Computer Science and Statistics (Fall, 2018)
Ancient Religion & Society - Classical Studies/Religious Studies (Fall, 2018)