Why Study Interdisciplinary Studies?

Quick Facts

General Education Requirements: 37 hours
Required Courses: 12 hours
Electives: 71 hours
Total: 120 hours

Full Program Requirements

Solving complex, real-world problems begins with the ability to work collaboratively and think across multiple disciplines. Governors State’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies facilitates the development of skills in multimodal thinking, expanding beyond discipline-specific methodologies while developing knowledge of subject matter relevant to specific fields and problems.

The IDSS program offers transfer and adult students a customizable degree plan, which can be completed entirely online or on GSU's main campus, including a selection of week day, weekend or hybrid courses. The program is designed for completion over the course of three semesters. 

First semester: Learn the foundational skills and knowledge required to become a disciplinary insider while learning interdisciplinary problem-solving methods.

Second semester: Develop skills further through hands-on application, including research, group projects, and an optional internship.

Third semester: Synthesize knowledge through the IDSS capstone experience, in which students conceive, complete, and articulate their work in a final, cumulative project.

Reach your career goals.

 The IDSS program emphasizes career exploration and encourages you to apply for an internship within your area of interest. The IDSS degree prepares you to enter a wide range of fields, including business, health, technology, and the natural and social sciences or to pursue graduate-level studies. 

Prior Learning Assessment

Credit for the IDSS program can be obtained through alternate modes of education, such as through military training, competency exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Prior Learning Assessment credit (PLA) which automatically transfers American Council on Education (ACE) credits or allows students to build a portfolio to demonstrate prior learning course equivalency.

Contact:

Crystal L. Harris, PhD
IDSS Program Coordinator
charris11@govst.edu
708.235.7569

Tina Hughes-Burke, MA
IDSS Program Senior Academic Advisor
thughesburke@govst.edu
708.235.7312

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

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Program Faculty

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