Why Study Interdisciplinary Studies?
General Education Requirements: 37 hoursFull Program Requirements
Required Courses: 12 hours
Electives: 71 hours
Total: 120 hours
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.
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. 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 strength 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.
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
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.
Crystal L. Harris, PhD
IDSS Program Coordinator
Tina Hughes-Burke, MA
IDSS Program Senior Academic Advisor