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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is an upper-division transfer degree program designed for students with at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework or its equivalent in eligible military or professional training. The program consists of four curriculum areas:

  • Elective courses are taken by all students who enter the program with fewer than 60 credits.
  • Core curriculum is comprised of six academic areas.
  • A concentration in a specialized area or discipline must be completed by all students.
  • Capstone project
General Education

Students who enter the program with between 30 and 59 credits of prior coursework or the equivalent must complete general elective courses to reach the 60-credit threshold before moving into the core curriculum. Elective options are listed below.

Core Curriculum (36 credits)

The core curriculum is comprised of six academic areas and can be successfully completed with the following selection of courses:

Epistemology & Critical Thinking (6 credits)

  • INTD 310

Science & the Scientific Method (6 credits)

  • INTD 320 or SCIE 301 and SCIE 310*

Qualitative Research in the Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

  • INTD 321* or SOCI 209 and one of the following: ECON 310, POLS 306, POLS, 318, SOCI 335

Critical Theory in Literature & the Humanities (6 credits)

  • ENGL 250 or ENGL 270 and RELG 300

Human Communications & Technology (6 credits)

  • COMM 315 and COMM 301 or COMM 302 or COMM 305

Political, Social & Economic History (6 credits)

  • Any two HIST 3xx or HIST 4xx courses available by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Leadership Studies Concentration (18 credits)

The Leadership Studies concentration allows you to explore the fundamentals of leadership, help define leadership styles, as well as the ways in which leaders drive and manage change. Strong attention is paid to the impact of technology and media on leadership.

Justice Studies Concentration (18 credits)

The Justice Studies concentration introduces you to the principles of criminal justice and the relationship between the police, the courts and corrections. Students will explore concepts such as procedural due process, criminology and ethics in criminal justice.

Strategic Studies Concentration (18 credits)

The Strategic Studies concentration focuses on issues of national security policy, the global intelligence community, international conflict and more. Students who choose this concentration are obligated to closely follow current international events and learn how to discuss them analytically and objectively.

Capstone (6 credits)

All students are required to draw upon at least two different academic disciplines for research methodology, seminal literature and sources, and intellectual frameworks in order to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to this culminating program activity.

*Courses are under development