In addition to those majors offered in the regular college curriculum, students may design an interdisciplinary major to accommodate particular academic interests and career goals. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies is a student-designed major and is a cohesive and meaningful combination of courses from two or more disciplines offered by the College.
The proposed interdisciplinary major must specify a minimum of 36 credits total from at least two disciplines. One of the designated disciplines must be drawn from courses required in a currently offered SCA/SAW major and contain 18 credits of upper-division courses (300-level or higher) in one discipline/prefix. In addition, a 400-level capstone course is required. Students electing to declare this major must do so before having completed 90 credit hours.
Admission to the College does not guarantee an interdisciplinary proposal will be accepted. Once admitted to the College, students consult with an academic advisor who assists in designing an educational plan that is right for them. Students are expected to thoroughly research relevant career information to aid in designing an interdisciplinary studies major. Career and employment information will help the student in selecting meaningful courses as major requirements.
Students interested in this program consult with the Academic Advising Office and then work with faculty advisors in the affected majors to create a written proposal explaining their areas of interest and listing the courses that will enable students to achieve their objectives. This proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor or Program Coordinator in each affected discipline, the Associate Dean of Academic Advising and by the Dean of the College. Exceptions to this policy require approval of the Academic Dean.
The proposal should include the following components:
- the purpose or rationale of the major
- list of required courses and titles constituting the major (including experiential learning and capstone course)
- required support courses
- total number of credit hours
Students interested in designing their own Interdisciplinary Studies major should:
- Originate an idea
- Visit the Office of Academic Advising, talk with an academic advisor, and identify appropriate faculty advisors and program coordinators
- Visit the Career Planning office to clarify career and employment outcomes
- Work with the faculty advisors to develop the curricula proposal
- Return the completed forms signed by the student and the faculty advisors and program coordinators to the Office of Academic Advising
In addition to the above:
- Students must meet all the LIFE general education and graduation requirements.
- At least 60 of the 120 total credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120
The Office of Academic Advising will submit the forms to the Dean of the College for final approval. If approved, the program requirements will be posted to SageAdvisor (program evaluation report) and on file and lin the Registrar’s Office.