Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major Requirements (36 credits)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to be admitted and to graduate with either track of the Interdisciplinary Major.
SELECT EITHER TRACK 1 OR TRACK 2
Track 1 Major Requirements for Theme-Based Interdisciplinary Studies (36 credits)
A student who elects Track 1 will choose twelve (12) upper-division (3000-4000-level) courses, including:
(i) at least one (3000-4000-level) course from COAS
(ii) capstone course involving either
a. a research project or b. an experiential learning project (based on but not limited to a TLO or transformational learning opportunity, a community-based learning opportunity, or a leadership opportunity) in which students synthesize the learning they have attained in relation to their goals and outcomes.
Courses cannot count toward both the general education requirement and the requirements for the major.

Track 2 Major Requirements for Competency-Based Interdisciplinary Study (36 credits)
A student who elects Track 2 will choose twelve (12) upper-division (3000-4000-level) courses, including:
(i) at least three advanced writing/communication (3000-4000-level) courses,
(ii) at least four critical thinking (3000-4000-level) courses or four quantitative reasoning and analysis (3000-4000-level) courses, and
(iii) four additional (3000-4000-level) courses that focus on specific competencies.
(iv) capstone course involving either:
a. a research project or b. an experiential learning project (based on but not limited to a TLO or transformational learning opportunity, a community-based learning opportunity, or a leadership opportunity) in which students synthesize the learning they have attained in relation to their goals and outcomes.
Courses cannot count toward both the general education requirement and the requirements for the major.
Minor Required
A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 credit hours of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your Advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)
Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures
Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either (i) the Foreign Language option or (ii) the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.
TAKE 8 HRS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
  • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
  • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being determined by the professor of the program.
FC Foreign Culture Option
  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.