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The major in Interdisciplinary Studies is appropriate for students who wish to design a program of study that spans a broad range of disciplines, and who wish to concentrate generally in the Arts and Humanities or in the Social Sciences without a specific departmental major. Students have maximum flexibility in completing this degree. The knowledge and intellectual training provided is good preparation for advanced study in the fields of the arts and humanities, the study of law, and for careers in government, the ministry and public service professions.

The major in Interdisciplinary Studies allows a student to include a broad range of disciplines in their coursework, rather than choose a particular major. A recent survey of business and non-profit executives published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities reports that today’s employers want college graduates who can “think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” and who can “demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.”  More than 74% of the executives surveyed endorsed a Liberal Arts education for students entering the global economy.

Students who wish to pursue this major should contact The Office of Student Academic Services for advising and more information. Degree requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies major are shown below.

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the College and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the University and College requirements for admission and graduation, including the University foreign language graduation requirement, the requirements for the major in Interdisciplinary Studies are as follows:

  1. 39 credits; 30 must be upper division.
  2. 15-18 credits must be in a single discipline, with a minimum of 12 upper-division credits. No more than 18 credits may be taken in any one area.
  3. Up to 15 credits from another college may be applied to the major.
  4. Earn a “C” or better in all courses applied toward the major. No course taken on a pass/fail basis may be counted for the major.
  5. Students choose a primary area of concentration and develop a plan of study in consultation with an advisor.  That plan will then be submitted to the program director for approval. Courses may be taken from across the college.

The Interdisciplinary Degree has two concentrations in the College of Arts and Letters available in the 100% online degree formats, (a) Arts and Humanities and (b) Social Sciences. Within the concentrations are discipline areas which specialize in different fields of study. Below is a list of the disciplines which offer enough online courses to satisfy the requirement of 15-18 credits to obtain a degree 100% online within the concentrations.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities (BA)

Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science (BA)

The flexibility of this degree includes the ability to specialize in disciplines outside of the College of Arts and Letters. Students may also select an area of concentration from one of the online degree programs offered by other colleges at FAU (see for a listing).  Students interested in pursuing this option must work closely with an adviser to craft a plan of student that integrates those courses with contextual material from courses in Arts and Letters. Please submit a request for information to begin that process.

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For students interested in taking a combination of on-campus and online courses, other disciplines offer online courses to complement the face-to-face classes. For a complete listing of disciplines within the concentrations please visit the College of Arts and Letters.

QM Information:

HigherEd. QM is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online course design and online components.

Some sections of this program’s courses have been reviewed and nationally recognized by Quality Matters as meeting the standards for best practices in online course design and delivery. If a course section has been certified, it will bear the Quality Matters seal.
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Degree Details
College Arts and Letters
Degree type BA
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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