Degree requirements

MAIS students that plan to attend in Fall 2019 or after, please view the second section below.

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 (Literature / Creative Writing)
  • History
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • 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 Political Science or World Languages. 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

The MAIS Program is Changing!

A new MAIS curriculum will become active in Fall 2019. All students admitted beginning in that term will follow the new curriculum, and any students currently in the program at that time will have the choice of switching from the current curriculum to the new one.

If you plan to complete your MAIS degree in Fall 2019 or after, you can use the new curriculum to plan right now.

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Requirements (Fall 2019 and after)

Required Interdisciplinary Studies courses: 6 hours

  • IDST 7310: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (1st or 2nd semester)
  • IDST 7391: Interdisciplinary Capstone (final semester – replaces thesis/final project)

Primary Concentration Area: 15 hours

Secondary Concentration Area: 12 hours

Total Program Credit Hours: 33 hours

At least 15 hours must be at the 7000 level or above.

For More Information, Contact Dr. Norton:
Phone: 501-569-3312