2018-2019 Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (49 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (45 units)

Each Area of Concentration consists of a minimum of 45 semester units that are grouped in a unique structure.

Common to each of the Areas of Concentration is the following:

  • Every IDS major is required to take IDS 300, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, during the student's first academic year in the major; each major is required to take a Senior Seminar, IDS 490, in their final academic year in the major;
  • There must be a minimum of 39 semester units of upper division course work, including the introductory course (IDS 300) and Senior Seminar (IDS 490);
  • A minimum of 21 semester units of courses used to fulfill the Area of Concentration must be appropriate Interdisciplinary Studies courses;
  • A minimum of 24 units of course work must be completed after the student has entered the Interdisciplinary Studies program and has agreed on the Area of Concentration with his/her Interdisciplinary Studies mentor;
  • A minimum of nine semester units selected from each of three main areas of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;
  • A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses used to complete an Interdisciplinary Studies Area of Concentration; The completed program is then reviewed by the core faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies who must approve the program before it is submitted to meet graduation requirements.

Area of Concentration in American Studies (45 units)

In addition to IDS 300 and IDS 490, 27 semester units are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor. These courses form a closely related cluster or sequence of courses that cross the lines of several disciplines and provide a focused, interdisciplinary study of the United States from a variety of perspectives from multiple time periods.

Twelve additional semester units of courses that may relate less directly to the Area of Concentration are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor.

Area of Concentration in Comparative Cultures (45 units)

In addition to IDS 300 and IDS 490, 27 semester units are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor. These courses form a closely related cluster or sequence of courses that cross the lines of several disciplines and provide a focused, interdisciplinary study that compares and contrasts cultures across various borders - such as those of time, social institutions, and geography.

Twelve additional semester units of courses that may relate less directly to the Area of Concentration are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor.

Area of Concentration in Environmental Studies (45 units)

In addition to IDS 300 and IDS 490, at least 21 semester units are chosen principally from the natural sciences, providing a focused Area of Concentration in Environmental Studies.

Eighteen additional semester units of courses that may relate less directly to the Area of Concentration are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor.

Area of Concentration in Global Studies (45 units)

In addition to IDS 300 and IDS 490, 27 semester units are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor. These courses form a closely related cluster or sequence of courses that cross the lines of several disciplines and provide a focused, interdisciplinary study of the complex relationships that underpin today's global economy.

Twelve additional semester units of courses that may relate less directly to the Area of Concentration are chosen by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor.