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General Studies

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

A student who has a specific career goal not included in the list of majors and minors may counsel with the Academic Vice President about a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Since this is a planned course of study, which may include courses not offered on our campus, approval must be sought and granted before completion of 64 semester hours. The development of this plan is done in consultation with a selected faculty advisor and with one or more selected faculty members from separate academic disciplines who then comprise the faculty committee for the program. A degree proposal must be submitted to the Records Office which includes the following:


1. A short essay which explains the proposed course of study.

2. An abstract which can be included with the student's transcript.

3. Two areas of emphasis which include a minimum of 24 hours each (9 hours upper division from each emphasis) or three area of emphasis which include a minimum of 18 hours each (6 hours upper division from each emphasis). Areas of emphasis will typically be determined by course prefix, and require a minimum grade of C in all classes.

4. Courses must be grouped by general education, areas of emphasis, and electives under the headings of Courses Completed, Courses In-progress and Proposed Courses.

5. Upper division courses should be identified with an asterisk (*) and must total a minimum of 40 hours.

6. All courses taken or planned to be taken off-campus must be identified as such.

7. Signatures by each faculty member of the committee.

The approved program will become the student's major, and the Registrar will determine the student's readiness for graduation by checking compliance with all components of the degree.