A student who wishes to pursue a concentration that is more focused and intentional than the concentration in liberal studies may develop a self-designed concentration. The focus of the concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. A self-designed concentration allows a student to lay out a series of courses in advance that are integrated around a particular theme and that cross the lines among disciplines and existing programs. A self-designed concentration must be approved by the interdisciplinary studies coordinator before a student has completed 67 credit hours.The student must contact his or her advisor to design a plan of study which includes courses for a major and electives.
The interdisciplinary studies major shall consist of no fewer than 34 and no more than 48 credits. These credits shall be distributed in at least two and not more than three major disciplines of study. There shall be no fewer than 9 credits in any major discipline of study included in the major and 12 credits shall be at the upper division level. To integrate the disciplines in the program into a meaningful interdisciplinary major, students are require to complete INT 4900 Interdisciplinary Capstone: Portfolio (1 credit hour); students are also strongly advised to complete INT 4991, 4992 or 4993, and an Interdisciplinary Capstone Independent Study for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours.
Aside from completing requirements for the major, students shall earn 39 credits of general education course requirements, as required for the degree. This plan may include as many as 9 credits in life experience toward the major area. Students shall choose electives from other academic areas, so that the total number of credits earned will be at least 120.
The plan will then be presented to the division chairs or a faculty member designated by the division chair of the selected major disciplines for their approval.
The student should retain one copy of the major plan; one will be given to the advisor; and one will be forwarded to the Registrar.
The concentrations that follow represent established models of interdisciplinary study. They are not meant to be inclusive. In consultation with the advisor for interdisciplinary studies, the student may develop an interdisciplinary studies program with concentrations tailored to his/her interests and career aspirations.