Curriculum Themes

The Interdisciplinary degree is self-designed. No two programs look the same. All programs are worked out under the supervision of Professor Nash. All programs are subject to student modification at any time depending on the changing personal, academic, and professional interests of the student. Here are the basic curriculum requirements:

  • 36 credits are required. There is a 5-year time period to finish the degree. All courses are offered once a week in the late afternoon or early evening. Summer continuing education courses are also available. Most of these summer courses run daily for two weeks, 4 1/2 hours at a time. The average number of years that students take to complete the Interdisciplinary Program is currently 3 years. The majority of students are part-time.
  • A minimum of 2 Foundations (EDFS) courses are required of most graduate programs in the College of Education and Social Services. Currently, students in the Interdisciplinary Program satisfy this requirement by enrolling in EDFS302 Philosophy of Education, EDFS304 Religion, Spirituality and Education, and/or EDFS309 Scholarly Personal Narrative Writing. There are also EDFS Research courses available in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as special topics EDFS courses in other subject matter, including courses in multicultural education.
  • A minimum of 18 credits must be taken in the College of Education and Social Services. The other 18 graduate-level credits can be taken anywhere in the University of Vermont (if desired) and transferred into the Interdisciplinary Program. And, of these 18 credits, 9 graduate credits can be taken outside the University of Vermont and transferred into the Interdisciplinary program. All courses must be graduate-level courses and must be directly relevant to each student’s overall goals and purposes.
  • The Interdisciplinary program has a 6-credit thesis option. Currently over two-thirds of students elect to write a thesis. This is the only Master’s thesis option in the College. Selecting, and researching, a thesis topic is an excellent way to integrate all the components of the Interdisciplinary Program for students.
  • All College of Education and Social Services graduate programs have a no-credit, written, comprehensive exit-requirement for graduation. This exit-requirement is individualized according to the unique professional needs of the student and is worked out with Professor Nash.