Coordinator and Adviser: Ms. Rita Creger
Office: Centennial Honors College, Malpass Library, Second Floor
Under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, students in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program design and pursue individualized programs of study leading to either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. These students may select courses from several departments, take courses leading to a liberal program of study, select courses in preparation for certain graduate programs that do not require a specific undergraduate major, or pursue the Youth Development Concentration.
The Youth Development Concentration will enable students to develop skills necessary in a broad range of careers in nonprofit youth and human service organizations which seek to assist young people in developing the capacities needed to live a quality life. Professionals in these organizations play pivotal roles in making a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is intended to give students transferable skills. Courses selected by the student in consultation with their adviser encourage students to think critically, comprehend what they read, communicate orally, and write effectively. In addition, as an option, students may enroll in an internship to help them incorporate relevant work-site experiences with academic courses they have taken or plan to take.
Admission to the program is by application from students in good standing who have earned at least 24 s.h. of credit. Freshmen who wish to declare Interdisciplinary Studies on entry to the University should contact the Coordinator for application procedures. Students who have earned more than 75 s.h. will be admitted only by exception granted by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee and only if the student has a grade point average of 2.00 or better. Students admitted by exception must complete at least 24 s.h. of credit after admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
To graduate, students are required to: (1) complete 120 s.h.; (2) complete 40 s.h. in courses numbered 300 or above; (3) complete the University's General Education requirements for the B.S. or B.A. degree described below*; (4) have an overall C average by graduation; (5) complete an approved Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) requirement; and (6) complete an approved course of study for the program, no more than 21 s.h. of which may come from an individual WIU department and/or major, and (7) meet additional requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Interdisciplinary Studies students may include an approved concentration in their degree plan, which will be shown on the transcript upon successfully completing all degree program requirements. Minors are not shown on the transcript of an Interdisciplinary Studies student.
*(3) Complete the University’s General Education requirements for the B.S. or B.A. degree described below.
Students following the Bachelor of Science degree will complete the University General Education requirements with the following stipulation:
* May count toward the University General Education requirement.