Graduate Areas of Concentration
Selected from three fields offering graduate majors and minors
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree program is designed to permit students to formulate programs that integrate work from three separate disciplines. Breadth of study is important in designing the program. A research paper or thesis offers the opportunity to integrate the three disciplines.
Any graduate major or minor may serve as a discipline or field for this degree. Two of the three fields may be from one department if the areas of concentration within these two fields are different. Program participation varies from year to year.
Graduate programs currently participating in this degree are:
- adult education major and minor 2070
- agricultural education major and minor 1050
- animal science major and minor 1250
- anthropology minor 8600
- applied anthropology major and minor 8640
- applied economics major and minor 1290
- applied ethics major and minor 9580
- art minor 8800
- biochemistry and biophysics major and minor 5060
- botany and plant pathology major and minor 5160
- civil engineering1 major and minor 3060
- computer science major and minor 3070
- crop science major and minor 1200
- design and human environment major and minor 4410
- education major and minor 2310
- English major and minor 8900
- ethnic studies minor 8940
- exercise and sport science major and minor 7640
- fisheries science major and minor 1300
- foreign languages and literatures minor 8950
- forest ecosystems and society major 1100
- geography major and minor 5450
- geology1 major and minor 5500
- gerontology1 minor 4370
- history minor 9000
- history of science1 major and minor 5440
- horticulture major and minor 1450
- human development and family studies1 major and minor 4470
- industrial engineering major and minor 3190
- international agricultural development1 minor 1070
- mathematics major and minor 5600
- music minor 9500
- nutrition1 major and minor 4660
- ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences1 major and minor 5001
- philosophy minor 9550
- physics major and minor 5900
- political science minor 9600
- psychology minor 9560
- queer studies minor 8777
- rangeland sciences major and minor 6220
- rural studies1 minor 1080
- sociology1 minor 9800
- soil science major and minor 1600
- speech communication minor 9850
- statistics major and minor 6150
- sustainable forest management major 1090
- wildlife science major and minor 1750
- women, gender, and sexuality studies major and minor
- wood science major and minor 3690
1Not as a primary area of concentration.
The applicant must satisfy university admission requirements at the graduate level and must gain acceptance at the point of admission by the departments offering the fields that will make up the program.
The Graduate School will handle general administration and recordkeeping. Students with general questions about the MAIS degree are encouraged to confer with the director of the MAIS graduate program.
The student should select a committee in consultation with the department/school chair of the emphasized field or with his or her designated representative. With the advice of the committee chair, the student will select a committee member from each of the remaining two fields. The student will select the fourth committee member, a Graduate Council representative, from a list of names to be obtained in the Graduate School office. All members of the committee must be on the graduate faculty.
Before the completion of 18 credits of graduate course work, the student must file the official program form, approved by the committee. Program planning meetings are required, and the student has the responsibility for arranging the committee meetings necessary in the planning of the program. In the event that the student subsequently desires to change one or more disciplines on his or her program, the student must file a change in degree program with the Graduate School and schedule another program meeting in order to gain committee approval.
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree is granted for attainment of broad, advanced knowledge and achievement integrated from three fields of study. Any graduate major or minor may serve as a field for this degree. Two of the three fields may be from one department if the areas of concentration within these two fields are different. A minimum of 9 credits in each of the three fields of study is required. The degree requires a minimum of 49 credits, including 4 credits of course work on interdisciplinary research methods.
No more than 21 credits (excluding thesis or research paper credit) may be taken in any field unless the total program exceeds 49 credits. There is no foreign language requirement. No more than 3 credits of blanket-numbered courses in each field of study may be used in the program; thesis credits (Option A) or research paper credits (Option B) are exempt from this limitation. The student’s committee consists of four members of the graduate faculty—one from each of the three fields—and a Graduate Council representative. A formal program meeting must be held prior to the completion of 18 graduate credits. A final oral examination is required.