BA/BS in Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies is designed for traditional and adult returning students whose needs are not met with the historical major or minor program. Interdisciplinary Studies is all about looking at education from the student's perspective and offering them a customized plan to learn, professionalize, and access the best of what UNA offers.

Additionally, interdisciplinary programs have developed in response to demands from employers that college graduates have diverse "ready-to-work" skills, the ability to think across traditional academic lines, a change orientation, and excellent communication skills. To meet these demands we offer students an individualized path to complete their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree by offering areas of emphasis containing complementary courses that cross traditional disciplinary lines.

credientials

Credentials
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

modality

Mode
Face-to-face and 100% online availability

time

Time to Complete
Variable

Why UNA?

UNA’s Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies prioritizes meeting the individual academic needs of each student with whom we come in contact. Through professional advising, we are diligent to make the most of preexisting credit hours, actively work around students’ schedules, and our programming allows students to progress towards degree completion at their own pace with online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses. Through our interdisciplinary core curriculum, we adapt, inspire, and challenge our students to think creatively. We remain current of skills central to employment and graduate education, and we encourage students to pursue internships, study abroad experiences and applied research as these experiences build competencies invaluable to future employers.

Degree Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) 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 who have earned an Associate of Applied Science or Occupational Technology Degree to apply approved technical coursework toward their overall degree requirements. 

Below are the requirements for the overall degree including general education, interdisciplinary core curriculum, area of emphasis, and any other remaining coursework. Click the following link to review the IDS Program of Study

Note: We realize this is a lot of information to sort through! Feel free to reach out to us directly to discuss how we can customize a program of study to meet your needs today. Contact Ms. Heather Stancil at hstancil@una.edu / 256.765.5003. 

General Education (44 credit hours minimum)

  • 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 the completion of 6 credit hours of foreign language courses at the introductory level.

IDS Core Curriculum (9 credit hours)

  • 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.

Area of Emphasis (42 credit hours)

  • Within the area of emphasis, students must complete a minimum of 24 hours at the 300/400 level (36 total hours of 300/400 level classes are needed to graduate).
  • No more than 24 credit hours can come from a single academic discipline.
  • All students must complete a writing-intensive course (“W”).
  • A 2.0 minimum GPA is required within the area of emphasis and IDS core curriculum combined.

Electives (remaining hours to reach a total of 120 credit hours minimum)

  • 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 IDS students.
  • A minor is NOT required for IDS students. However, students are often 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. 

Accreditations

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Testimonials

"I decided to pursue an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree when I realized that one discipline of study was not going to make me as well-rounded as I needed to be for the type of work I wanted to do. This degree program has helped me learn many different skills from both the Entertainment Industry and Digital Media disciplines. My Post-Graduation plans are to work in a church as a Worship Leader and/or Creative Director, along with any freelance music and graphic design work I pick up along the way. I feel that once I graduate, I will have the skills to be able to set up, perform, and record music, while also being able to work on graphics, photography, video, and social media."
Patrick Crummie, Current Student - BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Art

"Being a part of the IDS program has helped me find an unorthodox path with my educational venture. I've never wanted a cookie-cutter course path. I wanted to have more skin in the game when it came to the classes I took. This program has given me that and more. It has taught me a new way of thinking; how to use different perspectives to solve problems be it in life or my career. It's allowed me to be curious in my studies and creative in the way that I learn. I love the program and am thankful for finding it!"
Jeremiah Davis, Spring 2022 graduate - BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Business

"I spent the first two years of my life at UNA not knowing what I wanted to do, so I tried to think about what I wanted to be doing after I graduate. I discovered IDS, which was the perfect way for me to learn about marketing and graphic design more like one entity. This program has helped me to be able to take classes and learn things not based on a discipline but based on what I need to know to be successful after college."
Hannah Thomas, Spring 2022 graduate - BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Business, a minor in marketing, and a certificate in graphic design 

 

"After years of changing my major around and ending up undecided again, I was introduced to the IDS degree program. The IDS degree has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. It enabled me to build my own Program of Study and really consider what it was that I was passionate about doing - it established my career choice. IDS allowed me to take Communication, Cultural Studies, Education, English, and Foreign Language courses that will all benefit my career choice of teaching English in Japan while allowing me to get a TESOL certification in the process that will help even more in my chosen career!"
Keri Smith, Fall 2021 graduate - BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Humanities and a TESOL certificate

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