Interdisciplinary Studies BA/BS

The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides students with the opportunity to major in an interdisciplinary program that can be tailored to meet unique and specific career and graduate education opportunities. A student opting for this program works with an advisory committee to develop a coherent degree plan that includes two broadly-defined disciplinary areas of study leading to a focused educational objective.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a Program Information Form (PIF) declaring a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Baccalaureate Degree Plan and Justification Statement attached. All documents must be signed by the Advisory Committee and submitted to the Dean of Academic Programs for final approval.
  2. The Advisory Committee will consist of an advisor from each discipline area and one Division Chair from one of the selected discipline areas.
  3. Students will include two broadly-defined disciplinary areas in their degree plan. While courses in a disciplinary area need not all come from a single prefix (such as ENGL or PSYC), such courses should be closely related and the student will need to justify the grouping of courses in a single area in the Justification Statement.
  4. The Justification Statement will detail the purpose of the Interdisciplinary Degree, the Learning Objectives, and the rationale for the courses selected.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 21 semester credits in each disciplinary area, and 51 credits in both areas combined (not including the capstone course). At least 15 of the 21 credits in each disciplinary area must be in upper division course work (300-400 level).
  6. Students will complete the 3 credit capstone course ID-450 as part of their program.
  7. Students graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. The discipline areas will not display on the diploma, nor will they appear on the transcript.
  8. Selected disciplinary areas may not be used for completion of a minor.

Discipline Options

Academic disciplinary areas may be chosen from the following divisions, subject to approval by the Advisory Committee: Business, Education and Kinesiology, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences.

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
COLLEGE WRITING
and RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00-5.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS (or MATH-147A & MATH-147B)
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
Select one of the following:3.00
SURVEY OF ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Scientific Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two disciplines; one lab7.00-8.00
SCIENCE FOR LIFE
PLANTS AND PEOPLE
HUMAN BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
THE CHEMISTRY OF DAILY LIFE
GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES 1
NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR
GENERAL PHYSICS I
PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Select two of the following:6.00
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
Diversity
Select one of the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300T (see course description for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Take 16 credits of language if selecting a Bachelor of Arts degree16.00
Total Credits37.00-40.00

Major Courses

Area of Concentration 121.00-30.00
Select a minimum of 15 credits from the 300/400 level
Select 5 additional courses at any level
Area of Concentration 221.00-30.00
Select a minimum of 15 credits from the 300/400 level
Select 5 additional courses at any level
Interdisciplinary Capstone Course
ID-450INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SEMINAR3.00
Electives
Select 29 elective credits, including language, unless used in discipline areas above29.00
Total Credits74.00-92.00

Summary

General Education37-40
Electives (including language)29
Area of Concentration 1 121-30
Area of Concentration 2 121-30
Capstone3
Total120
1

Must complete a minimum of 51 credits for both concentrations