Whether project or thesis, the Interdisciplinary Studies capstone research experience should reflect students’ mastery of relevant subjects and skills in their course work, experiential learning opportunities, and research.
A thesis involves a lengthy piece of formal writing that makes an original contribution to knowledge based on the collection of original data. Students interested in pursuing a PhD should seriously consider the thesis option.
If the medium of a traditional thesis is not an appropriate fit, the project option enables students to produce a non-traditional deliverable. Interdisciplinary Studies projects can be:
A project should not be regarded as “easier” than doing a thesis, because both projects and theses have to make an original contribution, and the same quality of work is required. Also, even projects with non-traditional deliverables will involve a significant amount of writing.
All Interdisciplinary Studies proposals, for both projects and theses, include the following elements: