More Information

Students interested in creating an IIM should pick up the packet available in the Office of Academic Services, Usdan 130, and schedule appointments with:

Katy McLaughlin
IIM Coordinator
Office of Academic Services
Brandeis University
Usdan 130/Mailstop 001
Waltham, MA 02454-9110


Professor Bernadette Brooten
Program Chair

Requirements for the Major

Students can achieve a major degree in Religious Studies by developing an Individual Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) in Religious Studies. Detailed information is available on the Academic Services Web site.

 General IIM requirements:

  • Completing a coherent group of 12 core courses (48 credits) from among three or more academic areas, including a senior capstone project (IIM 98b Independent Study or IIM 99d Senior Research).
  • A maximum of four courses (16 credits) may be from study abroad, summer school, or cross-registration. No more than six courses may be used toward additional majors and minors.
  • Submission of the provided petition as well as a proposal, a letter of support signed by all advisers and evidence of comparable majors offered at other liberal arts institutions by the expected deadline.
  • Approval before the end of the Junior year by the Independent Interdisciplinary Major Subcommittee. Petition deadlines can be found on the IMM website.

An IIM is designed in collaboration with three faculty members from at least two, preferably three, different departments. While IIM students choose their own advisory group, we encourage you to invite the Religious Studies Chair along with two other Religious Studies steering committee members to fulfill these advisory roles.