Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Minors

Interdisciplinary Studies gives undergraduate students in select departments the opportunity to extend and complement their work in the major by pursuing a minor—a defined course sequence that explores a specific theme, topic, or discipline. Minors are optional, and most Interdisciplinary Studies students pursue only one minor, however students may be approved to pursue two minors on a case-by-case basis. All Interdisciplinary Studies students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll.

See full list of available minors in left menu.

Declaring a Minor

Students should complete their Declaration of Minor form during registration advising for either the first or second semester of the sophomore year. Under limited circumstances, students may begin a minor in the first semester of the junior year. Declaration forms are available online. The Chair/Director/Coordinator of the Minor, the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Registrar must approve the application.

  • Meet with the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and/or Program Assistant to discuss your plans.
  • Sign Academic Plan (obtained by Interdisciplinary Studies office)
  • Complete the online Declaration of Minor Form
  • Meet with area head of your chosen minor(s) to gain their approval (see list below)
  • You'll receive email confirmation once your declaration form has been approved by the Registrar.

How do I drop or change my minor?

Students who wish to drop their minor must complete the online Dropping Minor form. Students who wish to change their minor or add a second minor must complete a new Declaration of Minor form following the instructions above.

 

Students must be on track in their major and in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to pursue a minor. Not all minors are open to all majors. See each specific minor for details. Students will be allowed to register for courses on a space-available basis, which is not guaranteed, but registering early will significantly increase the chances of getting into their required courses.

Transfer students who apply for and are approved to pursue a minor upon entering the College need to fulfill degree program requirements through an appropriate combination of transfer courses and courses completed at Otis. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, upon entering the College to be eligible for pursuing a Minor.

Contact Interdisciplinary Studies (via email form)

The Interdisciplinary Studies office, Ahmanson 606, is open Monday and Friday, 10 am - 3 pm and Tuesday - Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm. Studio visits and advisement on courses, internships, graduate schools and careers are available for all current and prospective Interdisciplinary Studies students. Call (310) 846-2634 or contact the IS Program Assistant to schedule a meeting with the IS Director.

Michele Jaquis (IS/ACT Director; Community Arts Engagement, Sustainability, Teacher Credential Preparation)
Ricardo Estrada (Program Assistant)
Marisa Matarazzo (Creative Writing)
Rebecca Chamlee (Book Arts)
Michelle Andrade (Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres)
Kerri Steinberg (Art History)
Nancy Jo Haselbacher (Printmaking)
Michael Kollins (Product Design)
Tanya Rubbak (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Printmaking)
Joan Takayama-Ogawa (Contemporary Clay)
Kathleen Milnes (Digital Media)
Linda Pollari (Interior Design, Landscape Design)

 

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