Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)


The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that enables you to develop twenty-first century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, knowledge of global cultures, and related skills and knowledge that will prepare you for leadership roles and professional success in the global economy.

Why Choose Interdisciplinary Studies?

The program provides you the opportunity to develop an individualized program of study (a Concentration) that is consistent with your personal interests, professional goals, and previous experience. 

Your Concentration:

You will model your Concentration to fit one of the following designs:

A. Combination of existing programs - you may combine coursework from multiple existing majors or majors and minors to fit your personal or professional interest.
B. Thematic - you will develop a set of courses from multiple disciplines linked thematically that enable you to pursue an area of interest that is not addressed effectively by any existing major.
C. Applied/Technical - you can base your Concentration on an earned associate's degree or credit from military training and service.

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Interdisciplinary Studies Student
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What you will learn?

In addition to your uniquely designed Concentration, you will develop professional skills by completing program core courses in logic, statistics, professional writing, ethics, global awareness, and a capstone course in leadership and management.

You will also be able to enhance your selected Concentration by selecting a range of appropriate elective courses. Ideally, you will use the electives to build on the Concentration. You may, however, use the required elective hours to obtain a minor.

Due to the unique nature of the program, you must work closely with the Program Director in developing your Concentration and in selecting your Elective classes. As such, the Program Director also serves as your Academic Advisor.

Program Requirements

To declare Interdisciplinary Studies as a major you must be a new student to FSU with no FSU GPA or be a current FSU student with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

You must go online and complete/submit the Declaration/Change of Major request form.
You must also meet with the Program Director in order for the Declaration/Change of Major request form to be processed.

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree you must construct a course of study in consultation with the Program Director. That program must include a minimum of 120 credit hours, including:

1. The University College Core Curriculum (38 hours)
2. Interdisciplinary Studies Core Major Courses (21 hours)
3. Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration (42 hours)
4. Interdisciplinary Studies Restricted Electives (15 hours)
5. Electives (4 hours)

At least 24 credits in the program must be at the 300 or 400 level. You must earn a grade of C or better in all classes that serve major requirements including electives. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at FSU.

Transfer credits may be applied to these requirements as appropriate with the approval of the Director.