Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook

Welcome to UT Dallas and to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. We hope that you will soon feel at home at the University and that the resources available in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies will help you in your academic life. The School offers five degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies; the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies; the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies; the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is located in Hoblitzelle Hall, Suite 2.104. There is a lobby inside Suite 2.104 for our students to relax and study in a quiet environment, while the main lobby provides additional seating for all students. Our School maintains a computer lab in 2.706 for our students’ use and/or UT Dallas computer training courses. Hoblitzelle Hall is also home to the Teacher Development Center, located in Suite 2.900. Interdisciplinary Studies students who are interested in adding teacher certification to their degree plan will meet with the Teacher Development Center for certification advising and their Interdisciplinary Studies academic advisor for their academic advising.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree 

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizes an open learning experience and a wider perspective than traditional undergraduate majors.  The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers the student the opportunity to participate in a flexible, coherent, academically sound, and goal-oriented education relevant to the student's intellectual development and career aspirations. It is appropriate for those students who seek a thorough grounding in the traditional arts and sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Because of their individualized focus and flexibility, they are appropriate both for students preparing to enter the workplace and for those who plan to continue their studies in graduate or professional school. 

Each student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program becomes an active partner in the formulation of his or her program of study, working in consultation with an academic advisor to devise an appropriate individual degree plan.  Within the framework of two foundation areas, a University-wide interdisciplinary studies sequence, and a multidisciplinary concentration, a student may draw upon the resources of all Schools of the University to create a degree program.  In addition to organized courses, students are encouraged to participate in the Internship Program to combine academic and practical experience. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies requires 120 hours, of which 51 hours must be upper-division courses.  Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours at UT Dallas to earn a degree. Minors and double majors including Interdisciplinary Studies are not possible, but student may choose to earn a second degree with their Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Degree Plan Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan has four parts: Foundations, Concentration, Interdisciplinary Studies required courses, and Electives. The purpose of the two Foundation areas is to provide an intellectual base in two Schools of UT Dallas related to the student's Concentration. The Concentration component permits a multidisciplinary investigation of an area, problem, or theme meaningful to a student's educational or career goals. The Interdisciplinary Studies section addresses issues that require the integrated perspectives of more than one discipline. Lastly, the Electives develop, increase, or intensify a student's studies. Students are encouraged to do an Internship as part of their Concentration or Elective work. Each of these components of the degree plan is explained below.

Courses listed may have prerequisites, co-requisites, or preparatory courses to register for the course.  Please refer to the academic catalog for the most accurate, up-to-date information.


Interdisciplinary Studies Foundations are drawn from the seven Schools* at UT Dallas; IS students choose any two Foundations and take courses from that School.  Each Foundation must be a minimum of 12 hours in length.

  1. Arts and Humanities (A&H)
  2. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS)
  3. Computer Science (CS)
  4. Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS)
  5. Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
  6. Management (MGT)
  7. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM)

* Students seeking teacher certification may also select an Education Foundation. See your academic advisor for details.


The Concentration consists of 18 hours of courses and is the student's opportu­nity to specialize in an area.  Together with your academic advisor, you will design your Concentration to suit your particular interests.  Any topic is suitable for a Concentration, as long as UT Dallas offers enough courses on the topic and the courses span at least three disciplines.  You should decide on a title for your Concentration as early as possible and have your academic advisor put this title on your degree plan.

Concentration Guidelines

Common Concentrations

Below is a list of Concentration areas that compiled from previous degree plans of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This is a list of the most often used Concentrations chosen; however, you can construct your own Concentration with the guidance of your academic advisor. Some of the courses in each sample Concentration may require prerequisites or co-requisites.

                Examples of Concentrations (PDF format)

                Arts Administration and Management 

                Business Communications

                Business Issues




                Environmental Studies

                Health and Wellness

                Human Resources

                International Relations


                Public Relations

                Teaching Issues (courses included here will vary with level of certification.)

                Technology and Management

                Urban Studies

                Womens Studies

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Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (Major Honors)