Adviser Special Committee
Graduate study is conducted under the special committee system with the student's research advisor serving as chair. The typical special committee comprises three faculty members representing the student's major and minor subjects. Committee members are selected by the student with the guidance of his or her research advisor. The student's special committee has complete discretion in determining the direction of the student's studies including necessary coursework. The graduate field and special committee systems are inherently well suited for interdisciplinary studies.