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Graduation Process

graduationStudents should begin contemplating the graduation process when they are in the next to last year of their degree plan.

Preliminary Steps

  1. Meet with the IDS program director to discuss completion of your degree.
  2. File an application for graduation with the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Meet with the advisory committee to discuss your senior project.

Senior Project

The senior project is the culminating activity of a student’s degree. It should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of your degree, and it should be a project of some significance. It might be a traditional research paper; a project involving an experiment; or an experience, such as an internship, that began earlier in your education and will culminate in your senior year. You will provide a written summary of your learning.

A prospectus of the senior IDS project must be submitted to the program director by October 1st or March 1st of the semester prior to doing the senior project. The prospectus will be prepared under the direction of your advisory committee and will state the project’s topic, its hypothesis or goal, and the activities to be carried out. It will also clearly reveal how the project is related to the approved plan of study as a whole and how the project meets the University Learning Outcomes of a Finishing Foundations (FF) course in the Foundational Studies Program.

You will enroll for the project during the senior year under the course INTDIS 491. The project prospectus must be approved by the university-wide IDS committee prior to registration for INTDIS 491 (which requires approval by the IDS program director).

You may have been gathering data, maintaining an experiment, or doing other work related to the senior project prior to your senior year, but the final year is the time to bring it to closure. You are expected to consult on a regular basis with your advisory committee members during the process of completing the project. Additionally, you must complete a written report or essay, which will be submitted to the advisory committee members and to the program director. Upon completion of the project, the chair of the advisory committee will, after consultation with other advisory committee members, assign a letter grade.

Learning Portfolio

The final step in the IDS graduation process is to submit your learning portfolio of sample work to your Advisory Committee Chairperson for review.

Once admitted to the IDS Program, you should begin to assemble over time an electronic Learning Portfolio that contains sample papers, tests, and other work completed in courses within the IDS major. The samples should represent your best work and reflect the gradual acquisition of the knowledge and competencies listed in the Learning Goals and Objectives form.

During your last semester, following completion of the senior project, you should submit the electronic Learning Portfolio to your Advisory Committee Chairperson. The Advisory Committee Chairperson should review the Learning Portfolio to assess whether you have acquired the knowledge and competencies listed in the Learning Goals form and attained your goals and objectives. Any systematic deficiencies that may indicate a need for program improvement should be reported to the director of the IDS program. If all goals have been met, you will be approved for graduation.