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BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Introduction

Not every student finds a single discipline that’s a perfect fit. By choosing interdisciplinary studies, you will explore different combinations of subjects in the arts and sciences that will help you to develop new knowledge and insights. You’ll develop a versatile set of professional skills that are essential in diverse fields such as teaching, public relations, law and environmental science.

Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major is intended for students pursuing academic, civic, and/or career interests that privilege interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary knowledge and practice. The IDS major will expose students to a number of disciplines and academic areas, and will emphasize critique, analysis, evaluation, and the development and iterative application of skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, data gathering, evaluation and presentation. This type of academic foundation will prepare students for virtually any academic path or career of their choosing.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is structured around a concentration, supported by one of the academic departments at Quinnipiac University.  A number of concentrations are currently in development. At this time, the Education Studies concentration, designed for students pursuing the Elementary Education track leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), is the only concentration available.  Students wishing to pursue interdisciplinary studies with a different focus should consider designing an Independent Major.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies

Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses
IDS 200Rise of Disciplinarity3
IDS 400Transdisciplinary Project3
Concentration Requirements
ED 220Introduction to Education Studies3
ED 380Research Methods in Education Studies3
Cross-Disciplinary Study12
One course (3 cr.) each in English, history, math and science
Interdisciplinary Study12
One upper-level course (3 cr.) in each of the following disciplines: English, history, math and science 3
Free Electives17
Total Credits120-123
1

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum

2

Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below. 

3

Course level 200 and above.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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