Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Interdisciplinary Studies BA

The interdisciplinary studies program focuses on developing the whole person. It intentionally requires a well-rounded curriculum while providing flexibility. Students can take a generalist approach sampling a breadth of disciplines or delve deep in a discipline of interest and 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 advanced studies, such as law, or a specialized career, such as in human resources, music ministry, sports statistics or nature writing, in which the university doesn’t have a targeted program. The program provides ample room to incorporate one, two or three minors in support areas like business or health.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • creatively synthesize knowledge from multiple academic disciplines,
  • evaluate moral issues applicable to chosen topic(s) of study,
  • demonstrate clear and professional writing skills, and
  • analyze and assess selected careers for viability in the future based on research.

Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires 120 credit hours:

  • 36-37 credit hours of general education courses,
  • 12 credit hours in the interdisciplinary studies core,
  • 21 credit hours in one subject area (concentration) of choice,
  • 21 credit hours in a second subject area (concentration) of choice, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies require 15 credit hours of the 42 credit hours in the concentrations to be taken at 300-level or higher, with a total of 30 credit hours of the 120-credit hour degree total at the 300-level or higher. Specifically, the program requires:

  • Major core (12 credit hours):
    • One from: COMM 211, COMM 250, COMM 275, SOCW 250, PHES 225, HEAS 335,
    • One cultural humanities course from history, philosophy, or theology,
    • One creative humanities course from art, art history, literature or music,
    • One professional preparation course from: IDSP 390, BUS 200 or ENGL 200, and
    • Humanities Seminar (one per year at zero credit hours)
  • 21 credit hours each from two different subject areas of choice (called concentrations), excluding performance, activity and athletics credits (MUSP, THEP, PHES, USF),
  • 36-37 credit hours of general education courses in addition to the major-required courses above,
  • Courses used for the general education or a minor cannot be used in the concentrations.

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.