Regardless of the degree that is chosen, it is critical that students work closely with a College of Undergraduate Studies – Interdisciplinary Studies professional advisor each semester. These full-time academic and career advisors assist students with their myriad of questions, concerns, and opportunities each step of the way from declaration through graduation. Advisors provide guidance on class scheduling, getting involved with undergraduate research, finding internships, post-baccalaureate goals, careers, and discussing university policies and procedures. Our office is appointment-based and advisors are able to assist students in-person, over the phone (407-823-0144), and through videoconferencing via Zoom.
Our Advisors are here for you
Our professional advisors help guide you through the curriculum while highlighting valuable co-curricular opportunities so that you earn a degree that is of greatest possible value to you in the most reasonable amount of time. While the professional advisors provide guidance and recommendations, the final decision on, and responsibility for your academic career rests on your shoulders.
One other thing to remember is to remain courteous and respectful. Rudeness, harshness, abusiveness, raising your voice, etc., may result in your loss of access to advising. Extreme cases will result in disciplinary action.
Declaring one of our Majors, Minors, or Certificates
Students interested in the Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Leadership Track are required to meet with a professional advisor in order to declare their major. Students may submit a major change request via their myUCF portal for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Bachelor’s in Integrative General Studies. Major change requests for the Integrative General Studies program will be approved once eligibility requirements are verified. Students may also declare a College of Undergraduate Studies – Interdisciplinary Studies minor or certificate via their myUCF portal.
Student who are requesting to meet with a professional advisor to declare Interdisciplinary Studies will receive access to an informative Webcourse that will explain our degree programs and help you to choose your individualized plan of study. Students will need to review all of the information contained within the Webcourse and complete the required assessments in advance of their meeting with a professional advisor to ensure that an informed decision is made at the time of major declaration. The advisor will make course recommendations, discuss university graduation requirements, and provide a timeline for graduation based on your personal interests and career goals. It is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester for as long as you are majoring in one of our programs. We greatly look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
It is important and helpful to note that since students are required to complete a hardcopy major declaration form, it can take 5-7 business days before a student’s major is officially changed and reflects on their myKnight Degree Audit.
Scheduling an appointment through myKnight STAR for students currently declared in Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Integrative General Studies
Watch our video tutorial or follow the instructions below.
Access your myUCF portal
Click on Student Self Service followed by myKnightSTAR
myKnight STAR homepage
myKnight STAR may open in a new browser tab. Click on “Schedule Appointment”
Create a New Appointment
Use the drop-down menu and select the following –
Select the date/time
This is defaulted to show availability of all academic advisors. If you would like to meet or need to meet with a specific advisor, click on “View individual availabilities”
Details & Confirmation
Confirm the modality (in-person, phone, or virtual/Zoom). Note: Karen Baxley is unavailable to meet via Zoom. If you schedule an in-person appointment and feel unwell, please reschedule or convert your appointment to virtual/Zoom or phone by calling 407-823-0144.
Enter your UCF email and a phone number to be sent reminders for your appointment. Schedule your appointment by clicking on the Schedule button.
You’re all set!
Advising for Majors, Minors, and Certificates
The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Track have two required courses, IDS 3933 – Cornerstone Experience, and IDS 4934 – Capstone Experience. IDS 3933 should be taken your first full semester in the major, and IDS 4934 must be taken in your graduating semester. The prerequisite for IDS 3933 is ENC 1102 and being officially declared into the major. The prerequisite for IDS 4934 is IDS 3933 with a “C” or better and filing your Intent to Graduate via your myUCF portal.
In these two required courses, students learn to use the interdisciplinary process to address complex real-world issues across a range of contexts, issues that cannot be solved through a single disciplinary approach. In these courses, students learn that while disciplinary specialization can focus on one facet of an issue, an interdisciplinary approach provides multiple perspectives from multiple disciplines to produce innovative new solutions to issues.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree has a more prescriptive curriculum but also incorporates two required courses, IDS 3150 – Foundations of Environmental Studies and IDS 4893 – Capstone in Environmental Studies, which also provide students with context and cohesion to the Environmental Studies degree program.
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in Integrative General Studies has a uniquely flexible curriculum and features two required courses in the major, LDR 3115 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership, and IDS 4939 – Senior Seminar (General Studies Capstone).