Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A. - Advising
Welcome! The M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) is an innovative and flexible degree program designed for students who wish to pursue a distinctive educational experience by combining the study of two or more disciplines. Established on the principle that solving problems and producing knowledge in the twenty-first century often requires crossing disciplinary boundaries, the program provides exposure to a variety of research methods, historical perspectives, and modes of inquiry. Our students include teachers who intend to increase and integrate their knowledge in specific content areas, professionals in the corporate and nonprofit sectors who wish to advance or redirect their careers, aspiring scholars and researchers who want to prepare for doctoral study, and other individuals who desire personal enrichment in the humanities and social sciences. Below you will find information and resources to help you be successful in our program. We look forward to working with you.
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Many of the answers to your questions may be on this website and in the MAIS Program Handbook. Please review both carefully.
Forming a relationship with a faculty advisor is one of the most important elements of graduate college. Your advisor can help you in selecting the proper courses, in developing a capstone project, and, more generally, in understanding the complexities of graduate-level education. Each MAIS student must identify two faculty advisors. When you submit your plan of study, you will be required to list a Chair (primary faculty advisor) and, prior to graduation, you will be required to update your plan with a second committee member (secondary advisor).
For tips on finding your faculty advisor, see the MAIS Program Handbook.
Advanced students in the MAIS program with specialized and well-developed topics may choose to take MAS 580; Practicum, MAS 590: Reading and Conference, or MAS 592:Research as an individualized instruction course, working with a faculty member independently. Please refer to the MAIS Program Handbook for additional policies.
After consulting with the faculty member with whom you want to work, please complete the Online Individualized Instruction Form. After completing the form, it may take several days to receive the line number to register.
Please submit the request to complete an individualized instruction course two weeks prior to the start of any academic semester.
If you are interested in completing an Internship for academic credit, please review and complete the Graduate Studies Internship Packet.
Important Policies and Procedures
Plan of Study
The Plan of Study (iPOS) functions as a contract between the student, the academic unit, and Graduate College. Students must submit their iPOS by the time they have enrolled for 50 percent of the minimum credit hours required for their degree program.
As an MAIS student, the iPOS must contain the following degree requirements and list two faculty advisors:
Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)
MAS 502: Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Studies
MAS 505: Theories of Change, Culture, and Mind
MAS 501: Methods for Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Area of Focus (18 Credit Hours)
Working with a faculty advisor, students will select graduate level coursework that focuses on a particular area of interest or specialty.
Culminating Experience (3 Credit Hours)
MAS 585: Capstone Course
The capstone is the integrative project undertaken at the end of the program of study. It may take the form of a traditional research paper, an original creative work, or an applied project. This course is structured as an independent study in which the student works closely with the Chair (primary faculty advisor) and committee member (secondary faculty advisor). It is recommended that students do not enroll in any other courses during this final semester; however, if it is necessary to do so, students may register for one non-core course in addition to MAS 585.
To be eligible for registration in MAS 585 a student must:
· have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework that appears on their interactive Plan of Study (iPOS).
· have completed or be enrolled in and expect to complete the core courses (MAS 502, MAS 501, MAS 505) prior to beginning MAS 585.
· have an up to date and approved iPOS on file.
· have the approval of their faculty committee chair.
· complete the online MAS 585 registration form
It is recommended that a student request permission to enroll in MAS 585 no less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. If a student does not successfully complete coursework in the semester preceding MAS 585 and they are already registered for the course then the student may be removed from the course until they meet the requirements above.
Professional Development Funding
Professional Development Funding will provide financial assistance to eligible graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is exhausted. Students may receive up to $400 towards Professional Development.
The New College may provide up to $300 to support graduate student travel to academic and professional conferences. Students may also receive up to $950 for travel from GPSA.
Because the MAIS degree is designed to be flexible, our students have been able use it as a steppingstone to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including:
Advertising and Marketing
Community College Teaching
Digital Media Art
Documentary Film Production
Higher Education Administration
Non-Profit Leadership and Management
Public Art Direction
And many more fields, as well!
List of MAIS faculty affiliates in alphabetical order by program affiliation. The links lead to the faculty members’ profiles, which typically contain detailed information about their research interests.
Suzanne Vaughan (Social and Behavioral Sciences-Sociology) (note: Professor Vaughan will not be available beyond 2018)