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

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
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
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
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 university18-24
Total Credits121.0

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 adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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 Rhetoric & Composition II. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II 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 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?