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Interdisciplinary Studies

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About the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is offered through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. This degree takes a liberal arts approach in which students pick two subject concentration areas to combine with a set of core courses. Students gain essential skillsets, learn how to integrate their concentration areas, and engage in field experience to prepare for careers and graduate programs that transcend disciplinary boundaries. 

This degree offers great flexibility and results in our graduates having diverse career paths. Students highlight their selected concentration areas on their resume, as their degree on diploma will read Interdisciplinary Studies, BA. While most students go on to pursue additional certificates or post-bachelor’s degrees, others jump right into the job market. One-third of our students who chose to do the Applied Study option for IDS 401 were offered a job from that experience.

By the completion of their Interdisciplinary Studies degree, students should be able to:

  • Articulate and apply academic concepts, theories and assessment to a variety of concepts
  • Develop and evaluate new models and ideas from multiple sources and perspectives
  • Apply practical application of integrative knowledge through relevant field experience
  • Provide reflective and contextual perspectives to better understand local and global issues

Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

Students are required to complete IDS 201 or 301, IDS 302, and IDS 401 as part of the interdisciplinary experience.  These courses build a foundation that will work in conjunction with your chosen concentration areas. 

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IDS 201 or 301: Becoming Interdisciplinary

Introduces the core knowledge, skills, and values necessary to do interdisciplinary work successfully in academic and applied settings.  It is the first component of the Interdisciplinary Studies core, providing you an opportunity to explore, study, read, and discuss how innovative solutions are often the product of interdisciplinary work.  Success in IDS 301 will serve as a benchmark not only in your major, but provide you with some basic tools for future professional success.

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IDS 302: Integration Skills

Explores a number of research methods used across a wide range of disciplines. Students will investigate general characteristics, approaches, strengths and weaknesses associated with statistical analysis, interviewing, observation, and the scientific method. An underlying theme will be critical thinking—challenging students to question their own assumptions by exploring common problems associated with everyday reasoning.

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IDS 401 Integration: Experiential Learning

Offers students the opportunity to apply their integrative skills through internships, directed projects or other experiential contexts.

Context Requirements

Rounding out the core foundation, students will get to choose from a wide selection of integrative and contextual topic courses.

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IDS 310 Integration Cultural Contexts

Explores how the practice of integrating knowledge, skills, and perspectives from multiple sources can be used to better understand cultural diversity in contemporary U.S. society.

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IDS 311: Integration Global Contexts

Examines how the practice of integrating knowledge, skills, and perspectives from multiple sources can be used to better understand global issues.

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IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change

Applies integrative and interdisciplinary tools, methods, knowledge, and skills to examine ideas, issues, and institutions as they change over time.

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IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World

Utilizes integrative and interdisciplinary tools, methods, knowledge, and skills to examine global ideas, issues, and institutions as they change over time.

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IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics

Implements integrative and interdisciplinary tools, methods, knowledge, and skills to examine the shifting dynamics of cultural diversity in the United States.

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IDS 315: Integration Social Contexts

Delves into how the practice of integrating knowledge, skills, and perspectives from multiple sources can be used to better understand human behavior and interactions.