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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 (48)

None of the classes used to fulfill Interdisciplinary Studies major requirements may be used to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

IDSL Required Courses (12)

A minimum of three semester hours must be completed in each of the following areas:

  • Humanities (ENGL 306 Professional Writing or ENGL 307 Business Writing are recommended)
  • Philosophy (PHIL 112 Ethics and Society or PHIL 113 Reasoning and Argument are recommended)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts

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 no more than 24 hours from any one department. At least 50 percent of each concentration must be taken at the 300-400-level and 50 percent of each concentration must be completed at Radford University. No courses from the College of Business and Economics can be used in either concentration. All coursework in each concentration will be used to compute each grade point average.

B.A. Requirements (6-12)

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

B.S. Requirements (6-8)

Taken in one discipline chosen from MATH, ITEC, or the natural and physical sciences.

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120)