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Non-CNS students, as well as CNS students who are not Polymathic Scholars and thus not completing the honors curriculum, may apply to pursue the Evidence and Inquiry certificate between the end of their first college semester and the end of their third. They will take seven 3-credit-hour courses, including the fourth-year Capstone thesis sequence, NSC 323 and NSC 371.

Year 1 (3 or 4 credit hours)

In their first year, students will take a section of UGS 303 of their own choosing. See Year 2 for information on NSC 109.

Year 2 (1 to 7 credit hours)
During their second year, Polymaths design a multidisciplinary field of study inspired by one or more questions they would like to answer by the time they graduate. Before they begin coursework in their field, they write a proposal in which they explain why their field of study interests them, argue that it deserves scholarly attention, and identify at least five relevant university courses and two faculty members with relevant research interests. They’ll take no fewer than four of the five courses, two of which must be upper-division (i.e., advanced). Polymaths determine and propose their field in NSC 109 / Capstone Field Invention, a weekly seminar. Non-CNS students and CNS students not completing the honors sequence may take NSC 109 in the spring semester of their first year or either semester of their second year. Except for those who take NSC 109 in the spring of the second semester, students will take either one or two field classes in the spring.

Year 3 (6 to 12 credit hours)

Students enroll in either two, three or four field courses. All field courses should be completed by the end of the third year.

Year 4 (6 credit hours)

During their final year, students take the Capstone thesis sequence, NSC 323 in the fall and NSC 371 in the spring.