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The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree program is designed for students who have multiple interests and talents or who may have existing credits (academic, technical, or experiential) and wish to pursue degree completion at UWA.

The program allows you, under the supervision of an advisor, to design a program of study by exploring two or three related disciplines. You will have either two chief areas of focus (one of at least twenty-one and one of at least twenty-four hours ) or three chief areas (of at least fifteen hours each). You must, however, complete a total of 57 hours within the chosen fields and must meet all prerequisites for the selected coursework in order to meet degree requirements.

As with all students in the College of Liberal Arts, you must complete the 48 hour basic curriculum and a total of 120 semester hours, one-third of which are upper level. You also have to maintain a 2.0 in the basic curriculum and in the selected areas of study in order to meet graduation requirements. In addition, up to 42 hours of experiential or technical credit may be transferred into the program if approved by the advisor and dean. The major is a comprehensive degree program and does not require a minor. 

Interdisciplinary Studies: General Option

The IDS General Option (BS or BA) is designed for students who have multiple interests and talents or who may have existing credits-academic, technical, or experiential-and wish to pursue degree completion at UWA. The program allows you, under the supervision of an advisor, to design a program of study by exploring different courses across the University of West Alabama’s course curriculum.

To earn your degree, you must complete a total of 57 hours within the chosen courses and must meet all prerequisites for the selected coursework. As with other students in the College of Liberal Arts, you must complete the 48-credit hour basic curriculum, must complete a total of 120 semester hours, one-third of which are upper level. You have to maintain a 2.0 in the basic curriculum and in the selected areas of study in order to meet graduation requirements. In addition, you can transfer in up to 42 hours of experiential or technical credit if you get the approval by the advisor and dean. The major is a comprehensive degree program and does not require a minor. 

*The College of Liberal Arts residency requirement may be waived for the IDS program with approval of the Dean if the student transfers from another college or division within the University of West Alabama.