Quick Facts

General Education Requirements: 37 hours
Required Courses: 15 hours
Electives: 68 hours
Total: 120 hours

Full Program Requirements

Program Overview

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.

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Program Tracks

The IDSS program offers transfer and adult students a customizable degree plan, which can be completed between three different program tracks. Students can pick the best track option for their schedule:

Interdisciplinary Studies

Take courses in any format you choose. Online, on-campus, or hybrid.

Deadline: Done on rolling admission basis

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Interdisciplinary Studies Accelerated Degree Completion*

*Must have 90 credit hours completed for this track.

Take a combination of on-campus, hybrid, and online courses that are only 7.5 weeks long.

Deadline: August 1

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Interdisciplinary Studies Online

Choose only online courses to earn your degree.

Deadline: Done on rolling admission basis

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What You Will Learn

First semester: Learn the foundational skills and knowledge required to become a disciplinary insider while learning interdisciplinary problem-solving methods. Also, remember to enroll in our new Career Planning and Decision Making course, which acts as an entry point into the program that helps students identify their marketable strengths and investigate possible career options.

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.


Ben Almassi, Ph.D.

Benjamin Almassi, PhD
IDSS Program Coordinator

Ivan Soto

Ivan Soto
Academic Advisor

<b>Full Program Requirements</b>

Full Program Requirements

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

<b>Program Faculty</b>

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

<b>How to Apply</b>

How to Apply

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<b>Cost and Financial Aid</b>

Cost and Financial Aid

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At GovSate, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

<b>All Academic Programs</b>

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to the completion of a Masters degree as well!

<b>Student Life</b>

Student Life

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<b>On-Campus Residence</b>

On-Campus Residence

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<b>Campus Location</b>

Campus Location

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