A major in interdisciplinary studies provides you with a flexible degree specifically oriented to your career goals.
The BA in interdisciplinary studies is a liberal arts-style degree plan that allows students to accomplish a range of goals, including incorporating differing fields of interest into a college degree, transferring from community college with diverse credits or completing a degree for employment that requires the student to learn new skills important in the workplace.
The BS in interdisciplinary studies is a rigorous science-based degree intended for students who wish to combine science with other interests such as business, psychology, the humanities or the social sciences.
Alumni with interdisciplinary studies degrees have been accepted into graduate programs in divinity, environmental studies, the health professions, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, law, management and social sciences.
Depending upon the courses incorporated into the degree, alumni with a BS in interdisciplinary studies should be prepared to enter the healthcare fields, environmental studies, graduate study or into occupations where science knowledge is an asset, such as pharmaceutical sales.
The University's Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing postgraduation employment. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies degree programs emphasize a broad learning experience and a wider perspective than that provided by traditional undergraduate majors. They are designed to offer students the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary, academically sound and goal-oriented education directly relevant to the student's intellectual development and career aspirations.
Minors and double majors are not allowed in these interdisciplinary studies degrees. In order to make the degrees reflect their name, no more than 21 hours of courses with the same prefix are allowed in the combined major requirements and the six hours of advanced electives.
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The School of Interdisciplinary Studies internship program at UT Dallas offers students the opportunity for practical experience in their field of interest:
The interdisciplinary studies honors program offers the opportunity for advanced scholarly work and recognition. To earn departmental honors, students must graduate with:
The programs of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) provide students with a broad learning experience. Because of the individualized focus and flexibility, the program is appropriate for both students preparing to enter the workplace and those planning to continue their studies. IS students are encouraged to customize a degree plan using two or more disciplines — a combination of business and the social sciences, for example — or they can tailor degrees in American studies or healthcare studies around topics of interest.
Bachelor of Arts: American studies, Interdisciplinary studies
Bachelor of Science: Interdisciplinary studies, Healthcare studies
Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary studies
If your academic focus leads you elsewhere at UT Dallas, but you would still like to pursue studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the following minors are available: