Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Overview

Southern offers a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies for students whose learning objectives are not met by the University’s established liberal arts majors. Students earn a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies by concentrating in two subject areas rather than majoring in a single subject area.

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies may be especially attractive to:

Students are strongly encouraged to submit their Selection of Degree Program form declaring their intent to pursue a B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies degree program as freshmen or sophomores. Students who enter the B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies degree program with more than 60 credits (75 credits for transfer students) are advised that more than 120 credits may be required to complete the degree.

Admission Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

General Education Requirements for the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Like all students at the University, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies degree earners must also satisfy all Liberal Education Program requirements for the B.A. degree.

General Education credits used to satisfy tier 1 or tier 2 LEP requirements may not also be counted towards a concentration. An exception to this rule is made only for students completing BA-IDS degree requirements as part of the second major required by their EDU program.

IDS 401W: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Globalization is the required capstone course for the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. IDS 401W satisfies the tier 3 LEP requirement. IDS 401W also counts as a Writing Intensive (W) course.

With approval, students may substitute a 300- or 400-level writing intensive (W) or tier 3 LEP capstone course in one of their concentrations for IDS 401W. The approved substitute course would be in addition to the required 18 credits in the concentration. In the case of a non-W tier 3 LEP course approved as a IDS 401W substitution, students must still fulfill all W course requirements for graduation.

Concentration Requirements for the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentrations are 18-credit areas of specialization identical to minors with one difference: courses used to satisfy LEP general education requirements may not also be counted towards a concentration that is part of a B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. An exception to this rule is made only for students completing BA-IDS degree requirements as part of the second major required by their EDU program.

To create a BA-IDS degree students may combine:

Students should note the following restrictions:

Students interested in the B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies degree can obtain further information by contacting the Academic and Career Advising Center, Wintergreen Building, (203) 392-5367.