As the world changes at an ever-accelerating pace, a broad base in a variety of academic disciplines can provide the solid foundation necessary to effectively adapt to those changes. The Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students the freedom to select from a wide range of courses and tailor a program suited to their own interests. Students have the opportunity to emphasize a primary field of study while taking courses in at least three other academic areas. This makes it possible for students to postpone a decision concerning their major until a later time in their college career. That additional time may be just what is needed to provide the insight into selecting courses that are relevant and challenging for the student. Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies program are well prepared to proceed on to graduate school or enter the workforce in a variety of entry-level positions requiring broad training and skills.
BA General Education Requirements (48)
Primary Discipline (40)
These courses must be part of a recognized program or major in the College of Arts & Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Humanities, Psychology, or Religion) and must include at least 24 hours of upper-division credits. Courses taken to meet the primary discipline requirement cannot duplicate general education courses.
Secondary Discipline (12)
Must include at least 6 hours of upper-division credits in one field. Cannot duplicate general education or primary discipline courses.
Distribution Credits (16)
Cannot duplicate general education, primary or secondary discipline courses. Must be distributed among at least two curricular areas outside of the primary and secondary disciplines.
The student needs sufficient electives to meet the 124 hours required for graduation. At least 45 of the 124 hours must be in 300- or 400-level courses.
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
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