Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Degrees

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major allows students to design a multidisciplinary degree program relative to an educational or occupational/vocational objective that would not be possible with existing division/department degree plans. Students may elect the Interdisciplinary Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs. 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 33 semester hours or more with at least 15 semester hours at the 300 level within at least two but no more than four disciplines, and include some capstone experience. IDS majors must complete all other requirements for the degree sought.

NOTE: PY210 cannot be counted for Psychology credit in the degree programs of Psychology majors or minors, including Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations, without the written permission of the chair of the Division of Social Sciences.

BA or BS, Interdisciplinary Studies - Min. 120 Hours

Common Core: See Common Core requirements
Tier Two: Additional General Education Requirements (21-22 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. 6 hours (BA) 6 hours (BS)
Science: See guidelines. 3-4 hours (BA & BS)
Math/Analytical Skills: See guidelines. 3 hours (BA) 6 hours (BS)

Interdisciplinary Course Requirements (33Hours):Students must complete 33 hours of study in at least two, but no more than four disciplines, with 12 hours completed in at least two disciplines. At least 15 hours must be at the 300 level.  There must be some capstone experience; either a divisionally given 300-400 level course or CMU420.

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 two areas beyond the general education requirements. 9 of these 18 hours must be at the 300 level. 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 division chair of one of the student's major field of study.