Committee Requirements

To get accepted to the Interdisciplinary Studies program, a student must submit a letter to the BSIS Committee. Once the committee accepts a student to the program, his or her major will be changed from Pre-Interdisciplinary Studies (PRIS) to Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS).

  • What is the process? Three times a year, during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, your advisors meet with the BSIS Committee to review distance and main campus students who are applying for the program.
  • What do we review at the meeting? We create a packet to take to the Committee. It includes your letter, formally requesting your admittance to the program; your program of study, which we have signed and approved by each of the departments in your emphasis areas prior to the meeting; and your CAPP report to show your academic history.
  • Why is this necessary? Not only because your program of study must be signed and approved before you can graduate but also because it allows you to change your major officially to BSIS is why! We cannot take any packets to the BSIS Committee without the request for acceptance letter. This should be done prior to your senior year.
  • How do I write the letter? Use these Sample Letters to guide you on formatting and content. Copy the formatting (margins, your address, the correct date etc.) exactly; however, do NOT copy content from these letters. The BSIS Committee selected these letters to show our students what they are looking for. Copying the content is a form of plagiarism and violates MSU's Honor Code:

"As a Mississippi State University student, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do."

  • When is the letter due? The Committee will meet during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students must submit their letter no later than September 1, February 1, or May 1.

Please be sure to SIGN your letter. We will return it to you if it is not signed. You may fax (662.325.2657) or email them to Kali Dunlap or Evan Hawkins. You can also mail your letter to Mississippi State University, Center for Distance Education, P.O. Box 5247, Mississippi State, MS 39762.