How to Apply

The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides an alternative to the existing majors available at Plymouth and a unique opportunity to construct a program that meets students’ intellectual interests and career objectives. 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. If you are interested in Interdisciplinary Studies, reach out to us today for an informational meeting:!

IDS Application

As part of the coursework for IP 2225 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 that consists of three parts: the Contract, Program Statement Essay, and Planning Guide. Only after their application is fully approved by the IDS Council will the process of enrolling in the Interdisciplinary Studies major be complete.

Students submit the IDS Contract, Program Statement Essay, and Planning Guide in one email to


The IDS Contract is the most important part of the application. Using the official form, the student will list the courses that make up their designed major. They must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Major must consist of a total of 51-55 credit hours integrating two or more disciplines
  • These credits must include IP 2225 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies and IP 4425 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar
  • At least 50% of the total credits must be of upper-division (3000/4000 level) course work
  • Quantitative Reasoning Connection (QRCO) must be included in the contract.
  • Only two courses can be shared between the contract and the minor
  • As with all majors, no Directions courses or General Education courses such as Composition or Tackling a Wicked Problem can be included in the contract

Program Statement Essay

The IDS Program Statement Essay is a piece of formal, professional writing that describes the student’s intent to apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies Programs. Students must describe the program they’ve created, discuss how their major will help them achieve their professional goals, and explain how their program is interdisciplinary. Students must also describe why they’ve included each course in their contract; this makes up the majority of their essay. See “Writing Your Interdisciplinary Studies Program Statement” for guidelines.

Planning Guide

The IDS Planning Guide requires students to plan out the rest of their semesters at Plymouth State University, so that they may have a track to follow when choosing courses. Students must fill out the official Planning Guide form with their remaining requirements for General Education and from the contract they’ve created. Students must list classes for each semester they have left in their time at Plymouth.

General Education and Graduation Requirements

Students can choose if they will receive either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. This determines whether the student has a foreign language requirement to complete, as the BA has this requirement**. In addition to the courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies major, students must complete the General Education requirements, including Composition, Tackling a Wicked Problem, Directions, and Connections courses. Students must complete the university’s minimum credit (120) requirement in order to graduate. IDS Students graduate with either a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies.

**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.

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