2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

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Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A./B.S.)



Program Coordinator/Contact

Jason McEntee, Department Head
Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Pugsley Hall 301, Box 2218
605-688-5191

Program Information

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:

  • Analyze how historical and metaphorical models support research and problem solving through diverse disciplinary approaches.
  • Apply interdisciplinary analytics to research.
  • Express interdisciplinary understanding of a complex problem through the integration of disciplinary insights in an undergraduate research project.
  • Illustrate how interdisciplinary study contributes to success in future professional and personal goals.

Academic Requirements

Grade of “C” or higher is required for IDL 362 and IDL 479.

Course Delivery Format

The three required courses (IDL 362, IDL 479, and ACS 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 Arts
Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements


  • 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

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

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, Humanities & Social Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science specifications.

Major Requirements


Electives


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of Arts

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements* 9+ Credit Hours
Major Requirements 40 Credit Hours
Electives** 41 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements* 13+ Credit Hours
Major Requirements 40 Credit Hours
Electives** 43 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.