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INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, LIBERAL ARTS

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts Major (IDSL) degree is intended for students who have a clearly defined educational goal that is best met by integrating multiple disciplines.

The flexibility offered by this program should be aimed at accomplishing unique and specifically defined sets of learning goals. Students must submit an application for admission to the IDSL program. Applications are available in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Advising Center.

In their application for admission to the IDSL program, students must complete an essay explaining why they want to enter the IDSL program by noting their educational and career goals and discussing why their goals are best met by the Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts major.

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45)

In College Core B, all majors in programs in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are required to pass a second course in Social and Behavioral Sciences (i.e., CHBS majors cannot fulfill College Core B requirements with a Health and Wellness course).

Additionally, courses used to meet Core

Curriculum requirements may not be double-counted toward the Liberal Arts Core, Concentrations, or B.S. requirements.

IDSL Major Requirements (49)

One of the classes used to fulfill Interdisciplinary Studies major requirements may be used to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

IDSL Required Courses (13)

Written Communication: ENGL 306 Professional Writing or ENGL 307 Business Writing (3 credits)

Oral Communication: COMS 114 Public Speaking or COMS 240 Teamwork or COMS 250 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)

Research Methods: IDST 250 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)

Immersion Experience: IDST 498 Independent Study in Interdisciplinary Studies or IDST 499 Internship (3 credits)

Senior Seminar: IDST 497 Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (1 credit)

IDSL Disciplinary Concentration Requirements (36)

Students must complete 36 credit hours from two disciplines (one must be from the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences) with a minimum of 12 hours in each. Focus areas are defined as courses offered by an individual department or school. At least 50 percent of each concentration must be taken at the 300-400-level.

 B.A. Requirements (6-12)

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements.

B.S. Requirements (6-8)

Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts majors pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree must complete six to eight semester hours chosen from the following:
Any class (if not used to meet a Core Curriculum requirement) in ANSC, APST, BIOL, CHEM, COMS, CRJU, ECON, GEOG, GEOL, GEOS, INST, ITEC, MATH, PHYS, SOCY, SOWK, STAT, WMST, or 300-400 level course in: ENGL, PEAC, PHIL, POSC, PSYC, RELN or 300-level course in HIST. Additional courses can be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the program director.

 Total Credits Needed for Degree (120)