Students enrolled in an interfield degree are pursuing one doctoral degree that spans two disciplines. Upon completion, one diploma is earned, specifying the degree in the two disciplines, with the primary discipline listed first.
CGU policy limits the applicability of coursework units to two degrees. Provided units have not been used for another CGU degree, students enrolled in the interfield degree may earn a master's degree in one of the two fields but not both. Interfield degrees are available to CGU applicants as well as to admitted and continuing students.
Generally, 80 units are required for an interfield degree. Prior to students enrolling in an interfield, agreements must be made between the departments involved regarding the programs of study for the interfield student. Agreements already exist for established interfields, but for new interfields, agreements must be made before the end of the student's first semester at CGU.
Interfield Degree Proposal Form. Before completion of your first semester in the program, you must complete and file an Interfield Degree Proposal Form with the Registrar's Office. The form is completed in collaboration with your advisors and must be approved by the dean. Any changes to the Proposal must be documented through submission of a new, approved Interfield Degree Proposal Form.
Total coursework units required - generally, a minimum of 80 units are required
Identification of units from each field that can be applied toward the other to establish expertise - limit of 35% from one field to the other
Number and subject areas for degree requirements such as foreign language, research tools, and qualifying exams to be completed
Designation of responsibility for operating procedures regarding qualifying exams and the field to chair your dissertation committee
Note that the "sharing" of units between disciplines assists in determining the total number of units required for completion of your interfield degree. This is the reason for initiating an application for an interfield degree early in your career.
You may apply for an interfield degree by completing a Change of Degree Form. Submit the form to your department for concurrence and deliver to the new program office.
Adding a new discipline to your degree is equivalent to an application for admission to that program. Interviews may be requested, as well as additional documentation for review by the new programs's admissions committee. Documentation may include the following.
Personal statement indicating the scope of your proposed study and qualifications you may already have in that field
Letters of recommendation specific to the new field
Discipline-specific test scores
Other discipline-specific documentation, such as evidence of achievement in the field
You will be advised when the interfield is approved. The new interfield degree status is effective at the beginning of the next semester.
During the application stage, agreements between the proposed interfield departments must be obtained. Each department--the primary department and the secondary department--reviews the applicant file to determine eligibility of the prospective student for each component of the interfield.
Step 1: Primary Program Responsibilities
The primary program reviews the applicant file and makes one of two determinations--acceptance or denial--before forwarding the file to the secondary department. The primary department's disposition is indicated in writing on the application file.
Step 2: Secondary Program Responsibilities
The secondary program reviews the applicant file and takes different actions depending upon the decision of the primary program and its own disposition of the application.
For Applications Accepted by the Primary Program
Acceptance. If you admit the applicant, sign the Admissions folder and return the file to the primary department. Do not contact the applicant.
Denial. Document your denial in writing and return the file to the primary department. Do not contact the applicant.
For Applications Denied by the Primary Program
Acceptance. Contact the prospect to determine if the individual is interested in pursuing a single degree under your program. If the prospective student is interested, complete an IS Change Form. If the applicant is not interested, indicate Withdraw on the Admission folder and return with any communication notes.
Denial. Return the file to Admissions, indicating your disposition.
Step 3: Admission
All files are returned to the Admissions for the appropriate notifications to applicants.
Admitted students are assigned a service indicator (hold) to ensure that an Interfield Coursework Proposal form is submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than the start of registration for the student's second semester at CGU.
Step 4: Post Admission Follow Up
The Interfield Coursework Proposal is a contract between the student and the interfield programs. It outlines the required courses that a student must complete in order to receive a degree for the declared interfield.
All interfield students are required to submit an Interfield Coursework Proposal. Early in the first semster, an interfield student must meet with advisors in each of the programs to determine and document the coursework requirements. When complete, the Intefield Coursework Proposal must be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
Service indicators (holds) are placed on student records to ensure that the Interfield Coursework Proposal is submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than the start of registration for the student's second semester at CGU. Students who do not submit an Interfield Coursework Proposal are prevented from registering for subsequent semesters.