Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Diversity Studies Track
The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Track is a broadly based interdisciplinary curriculum. The degree’s interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across a spectrum of science, social behavior, and humanities, while foregrounding the importance of analyses with a focus on diversity and inclusion in such categories as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and ability. Students pursuing a career in social justice or advocacy work, involvement in international nonprofit organizations or diverse research and journalistic careers, as well as those seeking preparation for graduate study in related areas will enjoy the flexibility of this program. This track requires students to take two unique IDS Core courses, 30 credit hours of courses related to theory and representations/experiences of diversity, and select from a number of related minors such as the Women’s and Gender Studies or Diversity and Social Inequality.
The Diversity Studies Track is a broadly based interdisciplinary curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
In an effort to ensure that students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the course material and learning objectives of this academic program, only grades of “C” (2.0) or higher may be used to satisfy program requirements.
IDS Core (6 credit hours) – IDS 3933 Cornerstone (must be taken in first full semester declared in the major after completion of ENC 1102) and IDS 4934 Capstone (may only be taken in graduating semester)
Theories of Diversity (12 credit hours*)
Experiences and Representations of Diversity (18 credit hours*)
Complete one of the following minors (18-21 credit hours**):
– Africana Studies (History Department)
– American Indian Studies (Anthropology Department)
– American Studies (CAHSA)
– Anthropology in Multicultural Studies (Anthropology Department)
– Asian Studies (Modern Languages and Literature Department)
– Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology Department)
– Diversity and Social Inequality (Sociology Department)
– Global Peace and Security Studies (Political Science Department)
– Global Sociology (Sociology Department)
– Humanities and Cultural Studies (Philosophy Department)
– International and Global Studies (Political Science Department)
– Judaic Studies (History Department)
– Latin American Area Studies (Modern Languages and Literature Department)
– Mass Culture and Collective Behavior (Sociology Department)
– Middle Eastern Studies (CAHSA)
– Religion and Cultural Studies (Philosophy Department)
– Women’s and Gender Studies (Women’s and Gender Studies Department)
– World Comparative Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies)
IDS BA Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (8 credit hours) – successfully complete one year of college-level foreign language or test proficiency
*Students pick and choose courses from a list of restricted electives with the aid of a professional advisor.
*A minimum of 15 credit hours must be at the 3000/4000 level.
*A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed through UCF. No more than 15 credit hours of transfer credits may be applied between the two areas.
**Minor advising is done through the department of the minor or the associated college advising office. We recommend that students seek advisement on a regular basis.
The IDS BA – Diversity Studies Track is available as a UCF Online program with a limited selection of minors and courses in Theories of Diversity and Experiences and Representations in Diversity.
Research is strongly encouraged as a vehicle for discovery and application of classroom knowledge to the lab and field. Learn more through the Office of Undergraduate Research
Students in the Diversity Studies Track of Interdisciplinary Studies are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research, internships, and service-learning opportunities that provide them with hands-on experience in their chosen field of study. These opportunities are often with future employers and community organizations that encourage student involvement and often serve to connect graduates with their first job out of college.
Students with this degree often pursue a career in social justice or advocacy work, get involved with international nonprofit organizations or diverse research or journalistic careers. In addition, students pursue this degree as preparation for graduate study in related areas.
I chose IDS because of its individualized and innovative aspects. IDS made sense because it offered a well-rounded and balanced approach to the ever-changing and overwhelming problems of our world. The fact that I was able to tailor my degree around three areas of interest was very appealing and the heaviest factor when weighing out my options. Ultimately, this degree provided the tools I needed to secure a teaching career in special education before I had even graduated”
–Zanita Hendry, IDS ’16 (Social/Behavioral Science and Education with a minor in Women’s Studies)