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Interdisciplinary Studies BA or BS

Admission Requirements

General admission to the university is required but does not guarantee
admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. To apply for admission
to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, an undergraduate must satisfy the
following prerequisites:

  1. Completion of at least 30 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  2. Completion of the university’s general English Composition
  3. Completion with a C or better of at least one University Foundations course in each area (FA, FH, FM, FN, FS).

An applicant who satisfies these prerequisites will be admitted to the program and allowed to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies upon having successfully completed the following application process:

  1. Consultation with the program director about the intended plan of study and confirmation by the director that the above prerequisites have been satisfied.
  2. Selection by the student and preliminary approval by the program director of an Advisory Committee consisting of at least two, but not more than three faculty members. Submission of a degree proposal and approval of that proposal by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.
    The proposal must include the following:
    • A completed Personal Data form.
    • A completed Degree Plan, which lists courses to be included in the proposed interdisciplinary major, which satisfies degree requirements listed below for either the BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, and which has been signed by all members of the proposed faculty Advisory Committee. The proposed interdisciplinary major must include at least 48 credit hours (including INTDIS 491 Project FF), 30 of which remain to be completed at the time of application.
    • A three-page Statement of Justification which (1) states intellectual, professional, or vocational reasons for  requesting entry into the program, and (2) explains why established majors at Boise State do not meet the applicant’s needs.
    • Justification of the selection of courses in relation to the conception of the individualized program of study as a whole.

    Interdisciplinary Studies BA or BS
    Course Number and TitleCredits
    UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life
    UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity
    FW ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
    FW ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
    FC Communication in the Discipline
    A student earning the BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies must satisfy the University Foundations Program’s Oral Communication requirement with the approved FC course required by a discipline directly relevant to the student’s focus of interdisciplinary study. The course must be designated as FC on the student’s degree plan as approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee and may be counted toward credits in the major.2-4
    FF INTDIS 491 Project—in completing the project, you must draw critically from two (2) or more disciplines you have studied and integrate disciplinary insights you have gained.3
    FM Mathematics course3-4
    FN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab4
    FN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course in a second field3
    FA Arts course3
    FH Humanities course3-4
    FS Social Sciences course3
    FS Social Sciences course in a second field3-4
    Major—At least two (2) fields must be represented. No more than 30 credits from the College of Business and Economics, or from any one (1) department may be included.45
    Upper-division electives to total 40 credits
    Credits from all 300– and 400–level courses, whether elective or required, are applicable. The number in the right-hand column is an estimated number of additional upper-division credits that may be needed to satisfy this requirement.
    Electives to total 120 credits
    The number in the right-hand column is an estimated number of remaining elective credits that can be taken at either upper– or lower–division level.