Aug 20, 2017
Kathie Erdman Becker, Coordinator and Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences
Wagner Hall 124
The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for those pursuing unique educational goals. Each student develops a goal-driven plan of study approved by the department selecting coursework relevant to those unique goals. Career opportunities for graduates are vast, evolving from the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through a well-designed plan of study. Interdisciplinary studies graduates have been very successful in the job market and in gaining acceptance to graduate/professional schools. Most graduates pursue careers in broad industries or emerging fields. Intensive advising and career planning are critical elements to ensure the plan of study appropriately prepares students for future goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Interdisciplinary Studies graduates will be able to:
- Define interdisciplinary studies using historical references and metaphorical models.
- Articulate the contributions of the disciplines to interdisciplinary research and problem solving.
- Apply interdisciplinary research methods through case study analysis and independent research.
- Express interdisciplinary understanding of a complex problem through the integration of disciplinary insights in an undergraduate research project.
- Illustrate how the knowledge, skills and abilities gained through the plan of study contribute to success in the workplace or graduate/professional school.
Grade of “C” or higher is required for IDL 262, 362 and 479.
Course Delivery Format
The four required courses (IDL 262, IDL 362, IDL 479, and UC 489) are delivered entirely online. Students may choose to take general education and remaining plan of study courses in any delivery format and/or at multiple locations in accordance with limits set forth by South Dakota Board of Regents.
Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies Major: 120 Credits
Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences
System General Education Requirements
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements
Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+
- Natural Sciences Credits: 10+
- Any two lab sciences.
- Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
- MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
- A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3
- One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
- Capstone course in the major discipline
- Upper division coursework Credits: 33
System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.
Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.
Total Required Credits: 120