Bachelor Degrees

Interdisciplinary Studies

Academic Program Mission Statement:
The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers students the opportunity to pursue professional and educational goals that transcend traditional majors. Students develop an individualized curriculum that includes a structured selection of courses from two or three academic disciplines. Regardless of the subject areas chosen, the program rests on a strong foundation of general education requirements. Through exploration of the perspectives, philosophies, and experiential context of a variety of disciplines, students will gain knowledge, communication skills, critical thinking abilities and technical competencies that will prepare them for the workplace or for graduate study.

Under the direction of a faculty advisor during the first year, students gather relevant information and consider courses to include in their degree programs. They may choose as their disciplines areas for which the College offers courses but does not have a major. By the end of the first year, students will write a plan of study describing the objectives of their individual programs and explaining the rationale for the courses chosen. This plan must be approved by the faculty advisor and by the Dean of the College.

In the Senior year, each Interdisciplinary student will be required to develop a year-long capstone project which synthesizes the concepts from the two or three discipline areas. The student will be assigned a project advisor from one of the disciplines who will mentor the student and facilitate the collaboration between the student and other appropriate faculty as the student develops a proposal and creates a finished work/project. The student will then present the final work to a committee comprised of faculty from the discipline areas and external representatives if applicable.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize connections among academic disciplines and integrate knowledge from different areas to develop a better understanding of self and society.
  2. Employ a variety of perspectives, experiences and methodologies to investigate research problems.
  3. Communicate knowledge using the conventions of multiple academic disciplines.
  4. Apply skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation learned in multidisciplinary courses to the diverse needs of professional settings.
  5. Demonstrate ethical awareness and multicultural sensitivity that reflect the broad foundation of an interdisciplinary approach.

Program Requirements:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

General Education Requirements:

EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU100 Foundations of the Liberal Arts **
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Intro to Philosophy
HU305 Ethics
MH201 College Algebra or MH203 Survey of Math *
Arts and Science Elective
Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Electives (2)
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
200-level (or higher) Arts and Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective

Program Requirements:

16 courses: 48 credits
6-5-5 in three disciplines OR 8-8 in two disciplines
IY490 Capstone I: Proposal
IY495 Capstone II: Development and Presentation
200-level or above Electives (5)
300-level or above Electives (5)
Remaining Electives open within the disciplines

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 121

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science elective.