Course Details

Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

120 credits

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Offered by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council
Chair: Robin DeRosa
Council: Brian W. Eisenhauer, Mark B. Green, Linda S. Levy, Brigid C. O’Donnell, Chen Wu, Eun-Ho Yeo, David Zehr (ex officio)

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The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides a unique opportunity to construct a university major that meets students’ intellectual interests and career objectives. This interdisciplinary experience provides students with an alternative to the existing majors available at Plymouth. The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides flexibility by encouraging students to select courses from a variety of academic disciplines and lets students design their own education in consultation with a team of advisors. The areas of study open to students are limited only by interest, imagination, and energy.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major consists of 51 credit hours integrating two or more disciplines. These credits must include IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies and IS 4420 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar (INCO) as well as at least 24 total credits of upper-division (3000/4000 level) course work.

In addition to the courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies major, students must complete the General Education requirements. As with all majors, Directions courses cannot be counted in the major. A Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection (QRCO), a Technology in the Discipline Connection (TECO), and a Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) must be included in the student’s contract. Students must complete the University’s minimum credit (120) requirement. Upon completion of the program, students will receive either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

As part of the coursework for IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, students are responsible for designing their own Interdisciplinary Studies major with the assistance of faculty advisors. Students submit to the Interdisciplinary Studies Council an application to have their advisor-approved contract accepted and approved by the Council. Only then will the process of enrolling in the Interdisciplinary Studies major be complete.

Degree Requirements


Pre-approved Contract for BS Interdisciplinary Studies:
Dance Entrepreneurship
IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies 3
IS 4420 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar (INCO) 3
BU 1100 Business Computer Applications (TECO) 3
BU 1500 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BU 2290 Organizational Communications (WRCO) 3
BU 2450 Principles of Marketing 3
BU 3420 Organizational Behavior (DICO) 3
BU 4650 Professional Employment (WECO) 3
Complete one of the following: 3
BU 3340 Consumer Behavior
BU 3350 Event Marketing
BU 3370 Branding and Marketing Communication
BU 3450 Sports Marketing
BU 3460 Small Business/Entrepreneurship Marketing and Operations
DN 3020 History of Modern Dance and Technique 3
DN 3050 World Dance (GACO) 3
DN 3270 Advanced Modern Dance 1-3
DN 3320 Dance Composition 3
DN 3360 Advanced Ballet 1-3
DN 3500 Dance Pedagogy I 3
Complete three credits from the following: 3
DN 3100 Movement Concepts for Dance Education
DN 4010 Dance Practicum
DN 4410 Dance Internship
DN 4500 Dance Pedagogy II
TH 2600 Fundamentals of Costume Construction
TH 2500 Stagecraft Fundamentals (QRCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
Electives 36-34

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.