Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Interdisciplinary Studies AA

The Interdisciplinary Studies program focuses on developing the whole person. It intentionally requires a well-rounded curriculum while providing tremendous flexibility. Students can take a generalist approach sampling a breadth of disciplines or focus on a discipline of interest and explore related areas. The program allows students to develop a customized curriculum. Students, along with their academic advisor, are encouraged to create a course of study that can prepare them for a desired career in which the university doesn’t have a targeted program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with an A.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, USF students will:

  • demonstrate clear and professional writing skills, and
  • analyze and assess selected careers for viability in the future based on research.

Degree Requirements

The A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires 60 credit hours:

  • 12-13 credit hours of general education courses
  • 21 credit hours in the interdisciplinary studies core
  • 12 credit hours in one subject area of choice
  • 12 credit hours in a second subject area of choice, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies core requires 45 credit hours including:

  • Major core of:
    • FYS 100 and FYS 101,
    • COMM 121,
    • ENGL 104,
    • any one humanities course,
    • any one social, behavioral or natural sciences course,
    • one of the following: IDSP 390, BUS 200 or ENGL 200, and
    • one of the following: COMM 211, COMM 250, COMM 275, SOCW 250, PHES 225, OR HEAS 335.
  • 12 credit hours in each of two areas of study of choice, excluding performance, activity, and athletics credits (MUSP, THEP, PHES, USF).
  • 12-13 credit hours of general education courses in addition to the major-required courses above.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Interdisciplinary Studies majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.

Graduation Requirements

Interdisciplinary Studies majors must meet USF graduation requirements.

Bachelor degree students earning the A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies must complete an additional 15 credit hours beyond what is required for their Bachelor degree to be eligible to earn the A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Crown Point Students

The Associate of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies offers students the convenience of exploring a minimum of 12 credit hours in at least two disciplines in addition to a general education requirement. 

Degree Requirements

The A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires 60 credit hours:

  • 12-13 credit hours of general education courses
  • 21 credit hours in the interdisciplinary studies core
  • 12 credit hours in one subject area of choice
  • 12 credit hours in a second subject area of choice, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies core requires 45 credit hours including:

  • Major core of:
    • FYS 100 and FYS 101,
    • COMM 121,
    • ENGL 104,
    • any one humanities course,
    • any one social, behavioral or natural sciences course,
    • one of the following: IDSP 390, BUS 200 or ENGL 200, and
    • one of the following: COMM 211, COMM 250, COMM 275, SOCW 250, PHES 225, OR HEAS 335.
  • 12 credit hours in each of two areas of study of choice, excluding performance, activity, and athletics credits (MUSP, THEP, PHES, USF).
  • 12-13 credit hours of general education courses in addition to the major-required courses above.