Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major exposes students to a number of disciplines and academic areas, and emphasizes critique, analysis, evaluation and the development and iterative application of skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, data gathering, evaluation and presentation. This type of academic foundation prepares students for virtually any academic path or career of their choosing.

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies

Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses
IDS 200Rise of Disciplinarity3
IDS 400Transdisciplinary Project3
Concentration Requirements
ED 220Introduction to Education Studies3
ED 380Research Methods in Education Studies3
Cross-Disciplinary Study12
One course (3 cr.) each in English, history, math and science
Interdisciplinary Study12
One upper-level course (3 cr.) in each of the following disciplines: English, history, math and science 3
Free Electives17
Total Credits120-123

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, all Interdisciplinary Studies majors will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Core Competence: Understand the issues relevant to and methodologies appropriate for conducting research and engaging with core issues in their field of concentration.
  • Critical Thinking: Critique and apply appropriate methodology or methodologies in research of a given topic.
  • Evaluate Information: Identify, evaluate and interpret sources of information.
  • Analysis: Analyze data.
  • Cognitive Complexity: Construct an interpretive argument.
  • Effective Oral/Written Presentation: Present facts, analysis and arguments effectively.