Frequently Asked Questions about the Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Dr. Craig Robertson is the Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies and Mrs. Heather Stancil is the Program Coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate program (i.e., Master of Professional Studies).  Both share responsibility for assisting students interested in pursuing the Interdisciplinary Studies major.  Contact information for Dr. Robertson and Mrs. Stancil is provided on this and all other website pages.
UNA's general education requirements can be completed online. Completion of the Interdisciplinary Studies major online can be accomplished but will depend greatly on the area of emphasis selected.  Many courses in Business, the Humanities, Technology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences are available online but courses that traditionally have involved studio or laboratory experiences are largely taught through in-class instructional methods.  Whether one chooses online or traditional in-class courses, Interdisciplinary Studies majors are encouraged to become engaged with the University and to make extensive use of campus services.
Like all UNA students, Interdisciplinary Studies students must complete the general education requirements. Our students will also complete 42 credit hours within their selected area of emphasis with 24 of those hours involving 300-400 level courses.  Our students are required to complete IDS 100 (Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, 3 credit hours), IDS 250W (Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Practice), and IDS 450 (Capstone Project, 3 credit hours).
The Interdisciplinary Studies major revolves around eight areas of emphasis.  Those are Arts, Business, Health, Humanities, Organizational Leadership, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Technology, and Women's Studies.  Students are generally drawn to a particular area as it matches their personal interests, current or future occupation, and/or graduate/professional school plans.  In close consultation with their academic advisor, students develop a program of study containing courses offered by multiple departments that clearly relate to the selected area and also expose them to important applied, general, or closely related specialized topics of study.  For example, a student may be very much interested in opening a fine arts studio that focuses on teaching art and music to developmentally disabled adults.  Such a student will benefit from our degree program as a practical alternative to the traditional art and music degree because they would be free to take necessary classes in art and music while also taking valuable courses in physical education, behavioral sciences, and business.
Students are not required to declare a minor with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. However, when designing a program of study, students are encouraged to consider minors and certificates that relate to the course of study they wish to pursue. Often, students are able to add classes into their area of emphasis that will complete the requirements for a minor or certificate with little effect on the total number of hours needed to complete their degree.
You may view a copy of the program of study sheet we use for all of our IDS students here: Program of Study. The general education component is provided on the first page. The area of emphasis and remaining elective hours will be determined by the student with the approval of the Department Chair on the second page.
Due to the customized nature of our program, the Degree Works Audit and Evaluation system provided to UNA students is not an accurate indicator of degree progression. Please contact our office to schedule an official transcript review and determine an appropriate graduation timeline.
Revised HDS - 4/29/21