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 coursework 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.
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.
Students graduate with a BA or BS in "Interdisciplinary Studies". The areas of concentration will not display on the diploma, nor will they appear on the transcript.
Areas of concentration may not be used for completion of a minor, nor do they lead to certification in a discipline.
The plans below are pathways to degrees that are suited to particular interests or potential careers. These sample plans creatively combine varied disciplines to create truly unique degrees - several of which are available online.