2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 27, 2020  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

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Mark Binkley, Coordinator and Advisor
College of General Studies
Medary Commons 124
e-mail: mark.binkley@sdstate.edu


The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students who have a personal and/or professional goal that cannot be met by an established major on campus. In addition to completing the core requirements and other graduation requirements of the University, the student must complete 40 credits of courses which accomplish the attainment of a uniquely defined goal. These 40 credits should be from two or more disciplines and should include both lower and upper division courses. Students may elect to pursue designated areas of study or complete one or more minors as part of their degree program. Students will be assigned an academic adviser to assist in selecting courses to include in the Plan of Study. Prior to acceptance to the Interdisciplinary Studies major, a Plan of Study must be presented and approved by the College of General Studies Dean. Any subsequent changes to the plan of study must also be reviewed. Students must be in Interdisciplinary Studies for at least two semesters prior to graduation and must complete a minimum of 24 credits after declaring Interdisciplinary Studies. A cumulative GPA of 2.2 is required for admission into Interdisciplinary Studies. Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Studies degree at off-campus sites or through distance education must complete their program goal statement and have proposed Plan of Study courses reviewed prior to each semester.

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies Major - Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies:

Freshman Year:


  • SGR Goal 3: Social Sciences Credits: 3*
  • SGR Goal 4: Humanities and Arts Credits: 3*
  • Electives Credits: 3

Fall or Spring


Sophomore Year:

Fall or Spring

  • IGR Goal 2: Personal Wellness Credits: 2**
  • IGR Goal 3: Social Responsibility/Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness Credits: 3 **

Fall and Spring

  • Approved Program of Study Courses and/or electives Credits: 10-12

Junior and Senior Years:

All students must demonstrate advanced Information Technology Literacy (ITL). Numerous courses fulfill this requirement.


  • Globalization Requirement Credits: 1-4
  • Complete 40 credits Approved Program of Study Credits: 20
  • Electives and/or minor Credits: 12



  • Complete 40 credits Approved Program of Study Credits: 20
  • Electives and/or minor Credits: 12

Curriculum Notes:

* The 30 credit Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGRs) must be completed as part of a student’s first 64 credits.

** South Dakota State University has an 8-9 credit Institutional Graduation Requirement (IGRs).

(G) Globalization Requirement.

(AW) Advanced Writing Requirement.

Students must take the proficiency examination after completing 48 credits. English 101, and a course in each of the General Education areas of social science, mathematics, natural science, and humanities and arts must be taken prior to taking this exam.

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