Proposal Process

IIM Proposal Deadlines:
Fall 2021 - Friday, October 15
Spring 2022 - Tuesday, March 15

A comprehensive guide to proposing an Independent Interdisciplinary Major can be found in the IIM Proposal Guide (pdf).

Getting Started

  1. Review our list of frequently asked questions.

  2. Print and read the IIM checklist (pdf).

  3. Schedule an appointment with Kate Colahan, IIM Coordinator, by booking online or calling 781-736-3470. Kate can help guide you through the IIM proposal process from start to finish.

  4. Approach faculty members about possibly serving as one of your three IIM advisors. Bring give them a copy of the Memo to Faculty Advisors (pdf), which explains the program and the faculty member's responsibilities as an advisor.

Submitting a Proposal

Complete proposals include:

Proposals must be submitted to the IIM Coordinator in Academic Services, Usdan 130.

Review Process

IIM proposals are reviewed once each semester by the IIM sub-committee. The IIM sub-committee is made up of four faculty members, one from each of the four schools (Science, Humanities, Social Science and Creative Arts), the Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for Undergraduate Education and the IIM Coordinator in the Office of Academic Services. They meet once a semester to review students' proposals and make final approvals. The sub-committee pays careful attention to the interdisciplinary and liberal arts context of the IIM, the coherence of the set of classes and how the IIM fits into the student's overall academic plan.