The Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides the opportunity to major in a unique program that can be tailored to meet specific career and academic goals. A student opting for this program works with an advisory committee to develop a customizable and coherent degree plan that includes two broadly-defined areas of study leading to an integrated educational objective.
While the Interdisciplinary (ID) Studies degree is a flexible alternative to a traditional BS/BA major, it is not a random collection of credits or an "easy" pathway to degree completion. A customizable and individualized plan may increase a student's access to a degree, but it does not mean the courses will be easier. 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.
- Completion of a Program Information Form (PIF) declaring a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and a degree Approval Form (which consists of a justification statement and degree plan). All documents must be signed by the Advisory Committee and submitted to the Director of Dual Credit and Special Projects for final approval.
- The Advisory Committee will consist of an advisor from each discipline area and a Division Chair from one of the selected discipline areas.
- Students must complete a minimum of 21 semester credits in each area and 51 credits in both areas combined (not including the capstone course). At least 15 of the 21 credits in each area must be in upper division course work (300-400 level).
- Students will complete the 3-credit capstone course, ID-450, as part of their program.
- 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.
- Selected discipline areas may not be used for completion of a minor.
Areas of Concentration
The Areas of Concentration are distinctive categories developed by each student in conjunction with their Advisory Committee. While courses in a disciplinary area need not all come from a single prefix (such as ENGL or PSYC) or division, such courses should be closely related and the student will need to justify the grouping of courses in a single area.
The following are some examples of the concentration area options. You are not limited to these areas (although availability of online curriculum may be limited).
- Communication Arts
- Native American Studies
- Political Science
- Justice Studies
- Web Design
- 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?
- Examine the 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.
- Review the General Education Core and other ID Studies degree requirements in the LCSC catalog.
- Contact the Office of Dual Credit and Special Projects at (208) 792-2257 or email Ryan Gill, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the coordination process.