Academic Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies

An Interdisciplinary (ID) Studies major lets you customize your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree plan to help you meet your personal, academic, and professional goals. 

Why choose an Interdisciplinary Studies degree?

  • It’s flexible.  You can choose online courses, combine onsite courses with online courses, transfer in courses from other colleges/universities, and enroll part-time or fulltime.
  • It’s customizable.  One major might not have everything you need for what you want to accomplish.  With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you can combine coursework from at least two different disciplines to get an integrated, multi-perspective, multi-faceted education.
  • It helps you get on track to degree completion.  If you already have an Associate’s degree, you will be able to start out with upper-division coursework to make real progress toward your bachelor’s degree completion.  If you have credits from another college/university, we’ll work with you to transfer as many as possible to your degree plan.
  • It’s available online or onsite or both.  Depending on the approved Areas of Concentration you choose, you can complete the entire degree online (limits apply).  You can also include traditional classroom coursework or complete your degree entirely onsite.

What an Interdisciplinary Studies degree is:

  • An approved, integrated program of study, leading to a BA or BS degree which includes:
    • A minimum of 120 credits
    • The General Education Core requirements
    • Two Areas of Concentration
    • An Interdisciplinary Seminar
    • Electives
  • A customizable and flexible pathway to degree completion.
  • A program of study that gives you complex critical thinking skills to apply to multi-faceted, complex 21st century problems.
  • An alternative to a traditional BS/BA major.

What an Interdisciplinary Studies degree is not:

  • A random collection of credits. 
    • Students, with the help of advisors, design a coherent plan of study that focuses on two or more areas (concentrations).
    • Students are encouraged to submit their degree plan for approval at least three semesters prior to completion to ensure that it meets standards of coherence, depth and breadth of curriculum, and rigor.
  • An “easy” path to degree completion. 
    • A flexible, customizable, and individualized plan may increase your access to a degree, but it does not mean the courses will be easier. 
    • Students will need to achieve college-level learning outcomes for every course in the degree plan.

What are some Areas of Concentration?

The following are examples of Areas of Concentration that can each be completed through online coursework.

  • Business
  • Communication Arts
  • English
  • Health and Kinesiology
  • Humanities
  • Native American Studies
  • Public Health
  • Writing in Science

These are examples only.  You are not limited to these areas (although availability of online curriculum may be limited in other areas).  You may develop other Areas of Concentration, with the approval of your Advisory Committee, to meet your personal, academic, and professional goals.

What are the degree requirements?

  1. Completion of a Program Information Form (PIF) declaring a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Baccalaureate Degree Plan and Justification Statement attached. All documents must be signed by the Advisory Committee and submitted to the Director of Dual Credit and Special Projects for final approval.
  2. The Advisory Committee will consist of an advisor from each discipline area and one Division Chair from one of the selected discipline areas.
  3. Students will include two broadly-defined disciplinary areas in their degree plan. While courses in a disciplinary area need not all come from a single prefix (such as ENGL or PSYC), such courses should be closely related and the student will need to justify the grouping of courses in a single area in the Justification Statement.
  4. The Justification Statement will detail the purpose of the degree, the Learning Objectives, and the rationale for the courses selected.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 21 semester credits in each disciplinary area, and 51 credits in both areas combined (not including the capstone course). At least 15 of the 21 credits in each disciplinary area must be in upper division course work (300-400 level).
  6. Students will complete the 3 credit capstone course ID-450 as part of their program.
  7. Students graduate with a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. The discipline areas will not display on the diploma, nor will they appear on the transcript.
  8. Selected disciplinary areas may not be used for completion of a minor.

How do I get started?

  1. Develop an inventory of your goals upon completing a bachelor’s degree.  Are you hoping to . . .  
    • Go to graduate school? 
    • Find employment in a particular business, industry, or service sector?
    • Find employment that helps you develop particular skills, such as leadership, organizational strengths, creativity, or problem solving?
  2. Review available current majors and see if one will help you achieve your goals.  If not, review the coursework that will help you get where you want to go and begin identifying potential Areas of Concentration for an Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
  3. Review the General Education Core and other ID degree requirements in the LCSC catalog.
  4. Contact the Office of Dual Credit and Special Projects at (208) 792-2257 or email Ryan Gill at rwgill@lcsc.edu to begin the advising process. 

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