Interdisciplinary Studies

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A Bachelors of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) is simultaneously one of the most traditional and most innovative degrees at USCB. Students design their own degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, working outside the boundaries of inquiry permitted by single disciplines. The degree also holds appeal for transfer and non-traditional students. We also offer an interdisciplinary Film Minor.

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Our Vision for this Degree

Formerly USCB's BA in Liberal Studies, our BA in Interdisciplinary Studies seeks to provide majors with a solid background in the arts and sciences while encouraging them to explore their own academic interests. USCB's Interdisciplinary Studies program is part of a national trend, engaging critical thinking and creativity while also assisting majors with their individual career goals.

Purpose and Goals

By sponsoring interdisciplinary studies programs in relation to individual goals, the Interdisciplinary Studies program works to realize the following objectives:

  • Promote comparative as well as critical and creative reasoning skills in higher level studies
  • Provide students with programs to master the interdisciplinary expansions of modern disciplinary studies
  • Produce graduates adept at recognizing and dealing effectively in work environments characterized more by synthetic structures, patterns of diffusion and ambiguity than by line-item applications of theory to practice
  • Stimulate interest in area studies, problem-centered research, and interdisciplinary communication
  • Promote a learning environment where inquiry is enhanced rather than limited by disciplinary specialization
  • Promote interdisciplinary programs of study that prepare students who pursue graduate studies with adequate foundations for comparative studies and individual research

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies should:

  • Think independently and develop ideas reflectively from the resources of liberal arts studies
  • Create an intellectually satisfying and effective synthesis between their stated interests and their formal study
  • Be accurate and informed about the subject-matters of their major and minor coursework and capable interpreters of themes and issues associated with these areas of concentration
  • Know how to conduct research in databases related to their major and minor studies
  • Be able to communicate effectively, including writing thematically clear, well supported papers and developing connected thought patterns in discussion
  • Understand the historical context and global perspectives, including value as well as factual orderings, that gives coherence or consistency to the curriculum they have studied
  • Be capable of transforming the interests that formed their individual curricula of study into lifelong patterns of inquiry and social and vocational development
  • Think critically on the basis of their own experiences and be able to convey to others the connection between human interests and knowledge