Degree requirements

The MAIS degree includes 15 hours within a primary discipline, 9 hours of a secondary discipline, and a 12-hour interdisciplinary studies segment.  21 of these 36 hours must be on the 7000 or 8000 level.  The degree culminates in a thesis or final project. (In the below photo, alum Debby Meyer presents her thesis findings about children’s literature: “The Great Depression: A Comparative Literature Examination Through the Use of Newbery Award Books”)

GradForum2007Debby1 The 15 primary discipline hours must come from within the College of Arts, Letters and Science or the College of Social Sciences and Communication. Current options include:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Studio Art
  • Applied Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration (including Non-Profit Studies)
  • Rhetoric and Writing (Professional and Technical Writing)

Note: Other departments may also be able to offer 15 hours, such as Philosophy, Political Science, Second Language Studies, and Spanish. Contact the graduate coordinator if you are interested in these programs. Science and Math disciplines of study are available for primary or secondary area of study as well.  If you are interested in pursuing math or science disciplines, please contact us. You are also encouraged to check with the department(s) that you are interested in for details on graduate-level course offerings.

The 9 secondary hours may come from any of the disciplines listed above, or any of the disciplines below: 

Other options (outside of College of ALS and College of SSC) for secondary discipline:

  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Social Work
  • Business [e.g., Economics, Management, Advertising]

The required 12-hour Interdisciplinary Studies segment includes:

  • 6 hours of interdisciplinary studies courses (IDST 7310, IDST 7390)
  • 6 hours of thesis or final project work (IDST 8310, IDST 8320)

The final project work will be decided upon consultation with your thesis/project advisor and the graduate coordinator of MAIS. A faculty committee of 3 members guides the thesis/project (led by a primary chair).

“I was able to combine two areas of study that I love; History and Political Science. Also, this keeps my options open for PhD programs as I can choose, possibly, to ‘go either route.'” ~ MAIS Alum