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.
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.