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 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 below or in the Interdisciplinary Studies office. The student's Major Department Chair, the Chair/Director/Coordinator of the Minor, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies must approve the application.
- Download Declaration of Minor form (PDF)
- Complete top portion of form in conversation with Advisor or Interdisciplinary Studies Director.
- Obtain GPA verification from Registration Office.
- Obtain signed approvals from department chairs/directors of major and minor/IC and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Interdisciplinary Studies Office distributes copies to major/minor departments, LAS, Registration and student.
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)
Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (Creative Writing)
Rebecca Chamlee (Book Arts)
Chris Chung (Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres)
Parme Guintini (Art History)
Heather Joseph-Witham (Cultural Studies)
Michael Kollins (Product Design)
Barbara Maloutas (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration)
Kathleen Milnes (Digital Media)
Linda Pollari (Interior Design, Landscape Design)