Interdisciplinary Studies

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Phone & Fax

407-823-0144 (P)
407-823-2028 (F)

Online

Appointment Request Form Email: is@ucf.edu

Location

Trevor Colbourn Hall,
Suite 239

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies is a university-wide program leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The degree types depends on the majority of course areas selected in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Studies advisor. There are over 7,000 possible combinations with this degree program! The Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies requires students to study three distinct, but complementary disciplines. Students must take two unique IDS Core courses (Cornerstone and Capstone), and select two IDS Areas of Study and a minor. Out of all the programs we offer, this is the only program that participates with UCF Online. We have a limited list of online Areas of Study and Minors.

Program Highlights

IDS Areas of Study
IDS Core Courses
Available Minors

The Interdisciplinary Studies program leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree depending upon the selected areas of study and minor. Interdisciplinary Studies is offered as a traditional campus-based program and as a UCF Online program, both offering students an opportunity to capitalize upon diverse personal interests and talents by completing an individualized program of study that involves coursework from departments across the university. The goal of the program is to provide students with a structured combination of study and academic experiences to appropriately meet their educational and long-term career goals.

While the curriculum for an Interdisciplinary Studies degree varies based on the two areas of study and minor that each student chooses, all students will complete IDS 3933 Cornerstone as incoming Juniors and IDS 4934 as outgoing Seniors. These two courses teach the concepts and theories of interdisciplinarity, and require students to analyze and apply these to complex issues that cannot be solved through a single disciplinary approach.

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.

Program Structure:

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)

IDS First Area of Study (15 credit hours*)

IDS Second Area of Study (15 credit hours*)

Minor (18+ credit hours**)

IDS BA Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (8 credit hours) – successfully complete one year of college-level foreign language or test proficiency

IDS BS Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (4 credit hours) – successfully complete one semester of college-level foreign language or test proficiency

*Students pick and choose courses from the Approved for Areas Course List 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 that houses the minor. We recommend that students touch base with their minor department often.

Whether you’re around the corner or across the globe, transferring from another institution or returning to college as a nontraditional learner, the University of Central Florida’s online Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree program is designed and taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach these classes at UCF’s main campus in Orlando, FL. Every course — online and campus-based — is held to the same high-quality standards. Students looking for a flexible, convenient, well-respected program, choose Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Central Florida because UCF is a leader in distance education, and IDS is a program that allows students to create their own path by choosing two areas of study and a minor specific to their own interests and goals.

IDS instructors are among an elite group of higher education faculty in the State of Florida who have earned the High Quality Online Course designation for their IDS 3933 and IDS 4934 online course design and delivery. This prestigious badge of distinction is awarded to instructors whose courses possess superior design elements in the areas of Course Overview and Introduction, Assessment and Interaction, Course Content, plus Accessibility and Universal Design.

UCF accepts all course credits from institutions accredited within any of the regional associations.  The courses may be applied differently at UCF than at your previous school.  Once a student is accepted to the university, Admissions enters all your coursework into the system.  At that time we can determine if your coursework reflects equivalencies on your degree audit or will need to go through an evaluation process.  Once accepted, you can review your degree audit to determine howtransferred credits have been applied.

Students who transfer to UCF without an Associate in Arts degree from a Florida public college will be required to meet UCF’s General
Education Program (GEP).  The GEP is 36 hours of very specific coursework.  You may review a checklist of these courses at the following
link: http://fyae.sdes.ucf.edu/documents/gepsheet.pdf

Coursework from all regionally accredited schools will be accepted at UCF.  These credits may count toward one or more of the following:

  1. State Core, General Education Program, Gordon Rule, and/or Civic Literacy
  2. Requirements for a minor program of study and/or undergraduate certificate
  3. Requirements for a major program of study
  4. Overall degree requirements

In IDS, we believe the value of education is in its application to a global society. IDS students are engaged in the material they learn and connect it to their chosen disciplines. Examples of IDS student engagement range from the student who participated in undergraduate research on jellyfish in the Italian Mediterranean, to students who helped organize and promote a film-screening and talk with the director for the community. 

One of the important benefits of being part of a large university is the number of different ways that students are empowered to connect with employers and career opportunities. IDS students work in their IDS 3933 and 4934 classes and with UCF’s Career Services and Experiential Learning to develop resumes, internships, and other career-related opportunities. 

Alex Tejada, IDS ’16

Alumni

     The great thing with IDS is that I had the freedom to take the things I wanted, plus the necessary requirements I needed. This made me a more well-rounded applicant according to the committee that interviewed me. When I was filling out the application for medical school there wasn’t a box for IDS as my major, so I had to type it in, but that made me stand out in a good way.”

                                                                                       –Alex Tejada, IDS ’16

Career: Attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2016

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