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Interdisciplinary Studies Major (IDIS)
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Program Requirements

Students wishing to major in Interdisciplinary Studies Individually Designed Track must have an Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Form approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator. Students are required to write a goal statement to show a rationale for the cohesion of the areas of study and describe any potential career goals suitable for the program proposal. The program proposals should list any lower-division prerequisites to the courses chosen for the Interdisciplinary Studies major and note the possible 300/400 level courses being used to complete the Interdisciplinary Studies major. The Interdisciplinary Studies Individually Designed Track major policies and requirements include:

  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in 300/400-level courses with grades of C or better (including IDIS 335 & 435) between two or three approved academic disciplines.
  • Students are responsible for completing all prerequisites courses required for the courses chosen for their Interdisciplinary Studies major.
  • Upper-division courses (300/400 level) completed prior to receiving program approval may or may not be used for the Interdisciplinary Studies major, and no more than 18 such hours may be credited toward the major.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken in residence – at Salisbury University and as a declared Interdisciplinary Studies major.
  • Students must complete a 4 credit introductory course for the major, IDIS 335 and a research seminar, IDIS 435 with a C or better (these courses count for the major).
  • No more than two of the courses used to meet the Interdisciplinary Studies major may be used to meet minor or other major requirements.
  • Any deviation from an approved program must be approved in writing by the Interdisciplinary Studies Individually Designed Track Coordinator.
  • For those seeking a B.A., demonstrate 102-level proficiency in a foreign language. (Details for fulfilling the requirement are found in Appendix E of the University Catalog.)

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