Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Interdisciplinary Studies students pursue a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Interdisciplinary Studies major, in addition to completion of the general education requirements, requires all students to complete an area of emphasis and three additional IDS-specific courses for a minimum total of 120 credit hours.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major offers two options: Option 1, a flexible and individualized program of study based on academic and career interests in one of eight areas of emphasis (Arts, Business, Health, Humanities, Organizational Leadership, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Technology, or Women's Studies); and Option 2, an applied entrepreneurship option that allows students to apply approved technical coursework toward their overall degree requirements.


  • Students will complete the same General Education Component required of all students if approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  • Students may follow either requirements for a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. A BA requires completion of 6 credit hours of foreign language courses at the introductory level.
  • IDS 100 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credit hours, online) - In IDS 100 the student will, in addition to other requirements, choose an area of emphasis and develop a program of study to complete their degree program. This course must be taken within the first 12 credit hours of admission to the IDS major. 
  • IDS 250W Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Practice (3 credit hours, online)
  • IDS 450 Capstone Project (3 credit hours, online). This course is taken during the student's last semester at UNA.
  • A minimum of 42 hours must be earned from the selected area of emphasis.
  • No more than 24 hours within the area of emphasis may come from a single academic prefix (for example MG - Management; PY - Psychology; NU - Nursing) and no more than 30 hours from the College of Business.
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours within the area of emphasis must be taken in courses numbered 300 or 400 (Note: all UNA students, regardless of traditional academic major, must complete a minimum of 36 credits hours total at the 300-400 level).
  • At least one course must be a designated writing-intensive course.
  • An average of C (2.0) is required for all hours counted in the area of emphasis and IDS core curriculum combined.
  • Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course.
  • Courses taken to satisfy the general education requirement cannot be counted again within an area of emphasis even though those courses may be prerequisites to courses in the area of emphasis.
  • A total of 120 semester hours is required as a minimum for graduation with 36 semester hours of this total coming from courses numbered 300 or 400.
  • The remainder of the 120 hours may be selected by the student with the approval of the Department Chair.
  • An average of C (2.0) is required for all hours attempted toward the degree.
  • All other university policies (e.g., residence requirements) relating to requirements that must be met for all degree programs apply to Interdisciplinary Studies students.

Option 2 is open to graduates of community college two-year vocational-technical programs. Students may enter this program after receiving their associate degree from a regionally accredited community-technical college.

  • Option 2 students will meet the same general education, IDS core curriculum, area of emphasis, and GPA requirements as Option 1 students.
  • Within the Applied Entrepreneurship area of emphasis, students will earn a minimum of 42 semester hours, of which no more than 30 hours may be from courses offered by the College of Business. The remaining 12 hours within the Area of Emphasis may include transferred technical courses or other supporting courses offered from outside the College of Business.
  • Option 2 students will be allowed to transfer a maximum of 30 semester hours of block credit for technical coursework completed in their associate degree program. All of the 30 semester hours of block credit may be used to apply to the 120 semester hours required for the bachelor’s degree.
  • None of the technical coursework may be transferred into any other academic program offered by the University. Questions regarding the Option 2 program should be directed to the Department Chair.

Meeting degree requirements is the student's responsibility.  Helping the student navigate through the process is one of many responsibilities held by the student's academic advisor. 

Revised HDS - 4/29/21