Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A., B.S., B.P.S.

Discovery Core

Foundations Credits:
FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition 3
A course introducing students to the fundamentals of college composition. Topics include writing process, rhetorical strategies, basics of critical reading and thinking, analytical writing, and argumentative writing. This course serves as a foundation to prepare students to succeed in other academic writing contexts. Coursework includes a computer lab component.
FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing 3
Further development of the academic writing, critical thinking, and analytical reading skills taught in Writing I. An introduction to academic discourse in the four core seminar areas: literature, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and philosophy. Development of library skills leading to a documented research paper.
FCSP 105 Foundations of Speech Communication 3
Study of the fundamentals of verbal communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group interaction. Training in methods of obtaining and organizing materials and ideas for effective verbal communication.
FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process 3
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the big ideas of different scientific disciplines, and is grounded in the scientific process. The course focuses on interdisciplinary aspects, the scientific process, and it is writing intensive, interactive and relevant.
FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry 3
This course introduces the fundamentals of critical thinking both in the university and in daily life. Topics include an overview of the research methods in academic disciplines, basic logic, and fallacies in logic and argumentation. This course lays the groundwork for critical thinking skills in other core classes and major program coursework.
FCWR 3XX Professional Communication choice 3
    Total: 18 Credits
Seminars Credits:
ICLT 3XX Literature choice 3
ICPH 3XX Philosophy choice 3
ICBS 3XX Behavioral Science choice 3
ICSS 3XX Social Science choice 3
    Total: 12 Credits
Math and Science Credits:
Mathematics choice 3
Science choice 3
    Total: 6 Credits

Major Requirements

Interdisciplinary Studies Credits:
IDSP 310 Foundations of IS Research 3
A junior level course that introduces students to the historical contexts of interdisciplinary studies and the development of academic disciplines. Students learn key concepts and methods of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and are trained in critical thinking in information and technological literacy.
IDSP 410 Capstone Seminar 3
This seminar involves reading, writing and research activities requiring demonstration of mastery in analytic and communication skills in addressing a problem related to students' individualized programs of study.
IDSP 450 Internship/Service Learning or 3
An advanced elective course which permits the student to gain supervised professional experience.
IDSP 403 Senior Project
This course provides students an opportunity to pursue a creative interdisciplinary project. Individual, supervised research or creative activity is a major component of the course. A final report is required.
    Total: 9 Credits
Interdisciplinary Studies Concentrations Credits:
Concentration Credits* 36
* At least 36 credits in three permitted areas of concentration, with a minimum of 12 credits in each area. Up to 18 additional elective credits in any one of the three areas (a possible total of 30 credits) will count toward the IS degree; up to six additional elective credits in each of the other two areas (a possible total of 18 credits each) are also allowed.

Architecture, Behavioral Science, Business, Communication Arts, Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Labor Relations, Life Sciences, Math/Physics, Social Sciences, Technical Writing, Technology, Telecommunications Management.
Electives Credits:
Consult with advisor on any Electives 39
Electives chosen in consultation with advisor and in the context of concentration restrictions.
Total Required Credits: 120

The specific type of bachelor’s degree is dependent upon the percent of liberal arts credits completed:

Bachelor of Arts
Requires 75% Liberal Arts (90 credits out of 120)

Bachelor of Science
Requires 50% Liberal Arts (60 credits out of 120)

Bachelor of Professional Studies
Requires 25% Liberal Arts (30 credits out of 120)