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
Choose 12 credits from the following: ****12
College of Arts & Sciences Internship
Directed Experiential Education D
Undergraduate Laboratory and Field Research
Undergraduate Research Experience
Honors Directed Academic Experience
Study Abroad
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
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, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
18-24 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university18-24
Total Credits122.0

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

#  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 advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

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

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000 level courses

In collaboration with academic colleges across all 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 or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?