Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

p: 704-894-2385

Mailing Address

Box 7056
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035


CIS Application Guidelines

All CIS majors require an application, and not all applicants are accepted. You apply to the CIS during your sophomore year. Most CIS majors begin the process before choosing spring semester courses and apply between October and January, though the final deadline for applications is the Friday before spring break at noon.

1. Meet with CIS Director

The first step is to meet with the CIS director to discuss the process of majoring through the CIS. At this point, you should have a strong sense of your academic plans, which advisor(s) you would like to work with, and ideas for a capstone project. If you are applying for a Center-established major, you should download a copy of the posted curriculum and be prepared to talk about how you plan to fit the necessary courses into your schedule. This includes fulfillment of distribution requirements, other courses needed for your plans (i.e., pre-medical courses), and study-abroad possibilities (if applicable). The CIS director will then direct you to meet with potential advisor(s). For established majors, you would need either one or two advisors (depending upon the curriculum); for student-designed majors, two advisors are necessary.

2. Meet with Potential Advisor(s)

The relationship between CIS majors and their advisor(s) is crucial to their success. In most cases, you will have already taken a course with potential advisor(s). After meeting with the director, you must also get support from your potential advisor(s) to serve as CIS advisors; you must also review the curriculum and your academic plans with advisor(s), even for those selecting center-established majors. You should also discuss capstone projects with potential advisor(s).

3. Submit Electronic Application

You will submit the application available from the CIS website; this application includes courses in the curriculum, a brief explanation for the necessity of a CIS major, and a short summary of preliminary capstone project plans. Capstone project plans almost always change over the course of study, and are only meant to help guide you in selecting required classes, planning for study abroad, finding resources for the capstone, and other issues.

4.Evaluation by CIS Committee

The CIS committee (consisting of one faculty representative from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as the CIS Director who chairs the committee) will then evaluate the electronic proposal. You will then be contacted by the CIS director about admission to a CIS major in the third week after the submission deadline.