Interdisciplinary Studies: Design Your Own Major - B.A.

The Interdisciplinary Studies: Design Your Own bachelor's degree program provides opportunities for students who want to design their own program of study by connecting courses across disciplines. Guided by a team of faculty advisers, students acquire expertise in multiple disciplines and are prepared to navigate and excel in a variety of work environments.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of individual disciplines and the ability to integrate concepts and skills from multiple disciplines to create innovative frameworks.

  • Synthesize multiple perspectives and apply interdisciplinary methods to explore complex issues and contemporary problems.

  • Communicate interdisciplinary ideas and concepts in ways that demonstrate awareness of perspective, audience and disciplinary conventions.

  • Engage in reflective learning practices and leverage insights to inform future inquiry.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Design Your Own Major

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of arts degree

Credits
Major Courses
33–39 semester credits of 2 or 3 distinct academic disciplines *,**,***33-39
One research course3
IDST1001Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies1.5
IDST3100Interdisciplinary Project Development1.5
IDST4900Interdisciplinary Studies: DYO Capstone Project3
Applied/Experiential Learning
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ir12
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
Math6
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Science3
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
Social Sciences6
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
18-24 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.18-24
Total Credits121.0

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?