Major Interdisciplinary Studies: Credits 42

General Education: 42 Credits
Major: 42 Credits
Elective Credits: 36 Credits


Upon completing 30 credits, a student who has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply to the IDS major. The student begins this application process by meeting with the Program Coordinator to discuss areas of interest around which he/she might organize his/her program of study and to identify a possible faculty advisor.

Once this faculty advisor has been selected, the student works with him/her to identify two additional faculty members who will comprise the committee that will review and approve the student’s application, including his/her proposed topic and program of study. Once this committee has been composed, the student submits his/her application, which includes a written proposal explaining the topic that will guide his/her selection of courses and a preliminary program of study.

The committee reviews this application and may request revisions before approving it. Once approved, the student meets regularly with his/her academic advisor to review his/her progress. In the event that the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, decides to make significant revisions to his/her program of study, the student submits a revised proposal to the faculty committee that approved his/her initial plan.


Required Courses (9)
IDS 399 Independent Study/Internship 3
IDS 499 Independent Study Capstone 3
Elective Courses (33)
In consultation with their Faculty Advisor, students complete the remaining 33 credits by selecting 11 courses from across the curriculum that connect to the student’s chosen topic.  
Total Credits 42

 No more than four of these courses can be from the same department. No more than three of these courses may be at the 100/200 levels.

NOTE: These courses may include Independent Study/Directed Study as deemed appropriate by the student and his/her faculty advisor.

IMPORTANT: In order to ensure that students have met the prerequisites and are adequately prepared for 300- and 400-level courses in any given discipline, it is strongly recommended that they select 100- and 200-level Shared Curriculum courses and elective courses in disciplines they anticipate studying at the advanced level.

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/987-alexis-van-dijk"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/6497_img_0758.jpg" alt="Alexis Van Dijk" title="Alexis Van Dijk" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I also loved the self-designed courses, which is the best aspect of the IDS major since this is one’s opportunity to learn outside of classroom walls and bring back experiences that will advance you in your college career and beyond. I created a couple of courses, one of which explored turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica, where I traveled to work hands-on with turtle-nest relocation and data gathering. I also explored a course on Native Hawaiian plants and how the use of GMO’s in the Hawaiian Islands is in contradiction with local cultural beliefs. I have to say that <em>experiencing</em> the issues is very different than reading about it in a book – I believe it is of greater impact, and meeting people related to the topics you are studying is also very beneficial and helps you to grow as a person.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/987-alexis-van-dijk">Alexis Van Dijk</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/interdisciplinary-studies/index.php">Interdisciplinary Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/986-bianca-rogers"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/src_region/278,0,1376,1099/7081_bianca_rogers.jpg" alt="Bianca Rogers" title="Bianca Rogers" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The two main focuses within my IDS major were Costume Design and Film. But in order to get the most out of both of these areas, I took courses that weren’t necessarily these exact topics but deepened my understanding of the larger ones. Courses like Costume History and Costume Construction provided me with vital lessons on how clothing was made. During my study abroad experience in Italy, I took a photography class that helped improve my visual skills that could be carried over into film. The ability to, in a sense, hone my craft by choosing a diverse, yet integral, list of courses makes the IDS program so unique and rewarding.” </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/986-bianca-rogers">Bianca Rogers</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="">Interdisciplinary Studies</a></p></div>

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