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The admissions process to the IDS program is a multi-step process.

Art studentsStep 1:

Once a student expresses interest, they will meet with an advisor in the Advising and Academic Support Center (AASC). This appointment is critical as you make your educational plans. It provides you with an opportunity to articulate your educational goals, your motivation for applying to the IDS program, and your thoughts about the areas of study you want to pursue and which courses that could fulfill your needs. The below section is a good place to start when preparing for a meeting.

Is IDS a good fit for you?

Consider your educational goals. The IDS program is an alternative to existing, discipline specific degree programs at Boise State University. You may pursue an IDS degree if there is currently no existing degree plan or combination of major and minor that will fulfill your educational and career goals.

Consider carefully what you want to achieve in your undergraduate education.

  • Is it preparation for professional training?
  • Are you interested in a field that is still developing and crosses between disciplines?
  • When reviewing the Boise State University catalog, which three areas of study would best serve you in achieving your educational goals?
  • What disciplines (existing programs in the catalog) might apply to you most directly, and specifically which courses are you interested in?

These are the kinds of questions that we encourage you to define and articulate.

owl being taggedStep 2:

Once you have decided that IDS is the right path for you, you will declare the major of Interdisciplinary Studies BA/BS in your Student Center, under “change my major”.  The following semester, you will need to enroll in IDS 300: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. You will receive information regarding this course from your advisor.  All Interdisciplinary Studies majors begin as Pre-Interdisciplinary Studies until successful completion of IDS 300.