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


Program Statement Essay

Planning Guide

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, First Year Seminar, 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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