Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Degrees

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major allows students to design their programs relative to an educational objective which cannot be achieved within one of the existing formal degree programs. Students may elect the Interdisciplinary Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs. The specific degree plan for the IDS major must have the signed approval of the faculty advisor who assists with its design and will direct the study, the division chairs in the principal disciplines involved in the study, and the Dean of the University, as well as the student. The signed degree plan with a complete description of the IDS Major should be developed by the end of the Junior year and must be filed no later than the registration next following the student's completion of 90 semester hours of study (the beginning of the Senior year). The IDS Major will consist of 45 semester hours or more with at least 15 semester hours at the 300 level, with two disciplines, and include some capstone experience. IDS majors must complete all other requirements for the degree sought.

BA or BS, Interdisciplinary Studies Major - Min. 120 Hours

Common Core: See Common Core requirements
Tier Two: Additional General Education Requirements (21-24 Hours)
Humanities or Fine Arts:
When choosing a Humanities course, see guidelines.
When choosing a Fine Arts course, see guidelines.
 9 hours (BA)  6 hours (BS)
Social Sciences (CJ, CT, EC, HI, PS, PY, or SO): See guidelines. 3 hours (BA) 6 hours (BS)
Science: See guidelines 3-4 hours
BA  Foreign Language (a single language)BS  Analytical Skills: See guidelines. 6-8 hours
Interdisciplinary Course Requirements (45 Hours): At least 15 hours must be at the 300 level. These 45 hours must include some capstone experience. 
Electives (To Complete Min. 120 Hours)


Interdisciplinary Minor - 18 Hours

The Interdisciplinary Studies minor allows students to design a minor which complements their major, career goals, or personal interests. The minor requires at least 18 hours in two or three departmental areas with at least six hours in each area beyond the general education requirements. No course in the student's major, whether or not required, may be taken for this minor. The student must provide a written statement of rationale for the minor including the specific courses to be used and must have the written approval of his or her advisor and the regional site coordinator.