The difference in earnings between persons with some college education but no bachelor's degree and those who have completed a four-year degree has grown to about 37 percent for men and 41 percent for women.

Source: Education Pays, 2006 edition, The College Board 

Increased Opportunity

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies provides unique opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional students. This degree is ideal if you need flexibility to meet your educational needs. It offers students academic variety, course schedule flexibility and program adaptability. 

Educational Choice

You may choose to go part-time or full-time as your schedule demands. In Interdisciplinary Studies, you can choose from 21 minors. The "build your own" characteristic of the degree program enables you to tailor coursework to meet your specific vocational and career goals. 

Maximum Flexibility

Prior life experience may also translate into college credit in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. Proficiency exams, military service, and a prior learning experience portfolio may be applied toward college credit and used to accelerate your degree completion. GSU also offers online and media-based educational opportunities. Students enrolled in distance learning classes pay Illinois in-state tuition, no matter where they live. 

Major Benefits

Your degree will translate into expanded employment opportunities, job security and increased income. The Interdisciplinary Studies degree fits your busy lifestyle and promising future.

Program Fact Sheet

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Required Preparation

Students must meet the university admissions requirements. Students who have earned their first bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution are not eligible for admission to this program.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree found in the GSU catalog. A minimum of 40 hours must be taken at the upper-division level; up to 80 credit hours in lower division courses can be transferred to GSU. The residency requirement for the university requires a minimum of 24 hours be taken as courses offered by GSU. 

I.      General Education Requirements (37-41 Hours)

See the front of the catalog for general education requirements. While these are usually taken at the lower-division level, they can also be completed at the upper-division level. 

II.     Required Courses (15 Hours)

The following courses must be completed with a "C" or better

IDSS 3100   Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

IDSS 4900   Interdisciplinary Studies Appraisal (3) 

Interdisciplinary Requirement (6)

(Students must take upper division courses in at least two different disciplines.) 

Technology Intensive Course (3)

(This course can be taken at either the lower division or the upper division level.) 

III.    Electives (64-68)

Students may not exceed a maximum of 80 hours of lower- division credit between Sections I - III. Students must complete a minimum of 28 hours of upper-division hours, if Section I is complete through course work taken at the lower-division level. 

IV.   Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Interdisciplinary Studies Office

Paula Levickas
Academic Advisor

Tina Hughes-Burke
Academic Advisor