Interdisciplinary Studies Program Overview

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The undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program is designed to allow students to develop plans of study with themes that suit their individual interests and needs. When a traditional degree path will not adequately prepare a student for their career goals, IDS offers a way of customizing a plan of study using both intercollege and interdepartmental combinations of courses. Before students are accepted into the program, they must work with an advisory committee to develop their own program requirements, drawing from at least two academic areas.

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The undergraduate IDS program is housed in the Honors College, though it is available to all students including those not in Honors. Overseeing the program is the IDS program director and a university-wide IDS committee consisting of one member from each academic college. The IDS committee is responsible for approving the members of the student’s advisory committee, the student’s plan of study, and the student’s prospectus for the final project.

Successful admittance and completion of the program will result in either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Be advised – IDS is not meant to be a general undergraduate degree. Your degree plan must be sharply focused and designed to meet a specific, clearly defined educational objective.