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Program Overview

Recognizing the need to educate talented men and women for a rapidly changing regional, national and indeed global environment, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS) is committed to preparing students for successful careers. The program recognizes the emerging changes in society, business and the work place and offers a course of study that is designed to meet students' academic and professional goals. The program gives students the opportunity to custom design a program of study tailored to their own particular needs and interests. Creating a flexible graduate program that is individually tailored requires maturity, focus, self-direction and commitment. Students seeking intellectual challenge as well high academic standards are ideal candidates to the program.

IDS is a creative alternative to more rigid traditional, discipline-specific programs. Students can build their particular academic or professional interests and concentrate on specialized fields that are not available in traditional graduate programs. The program offers students individualized cross-disciplinary majors, incorporating courses drawn from social sciences, humanities and business.

The program offers four capstone options, two involving a 12-course, 48-credit hour program culminating in a thesis or thesis-like project, and two involving a 13-course, 52 credit hour program culminating in a final paper in the thirteenth course. Complete details may be found in the LAS Graduate Bulletin under the respective programs.

The program offers the following:

  • Individual, self-designed graduate program of study
  • Ability to combine various academic disciplines in chosen areas of study
  • Choice of courses in most colleges and schools

Qualified applicants are considered for admission to the program on the basis of a proposal of program of study, a Statement of Academic Purpose for the program of study and a List of Courses that make up the program. Students who apply to the program can choose to get their graduate degree in the following areas: