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Interdisciplinary Studies


What is a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?
Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies can be awarded as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, depending on the course of study.  The major consists of thirty-six credit hours chosen by the student in consultation with theInterdisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator and the student's two disciplinary sponsors. Twenty-four of those credit hours must be at-or-above the 300-level. Courses selected must correspond to a unique theme that charts a clear and intentional program of study across more than one discipline. An Interdisciplinary Methods course, a final Senior Thesis/Capstone, a minor or cognate, and a final Portfolio are also required for the degree. 

How can I apply?
The first step is to meet with the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator works closely with you to select your two sponsors and create your curriculum contract which will be submitted to the Advisory Committee for final approval.

How can I get more information about the Interdisciplinary Studies program?
Contact the Program Coordinator, Prof. Natalia Taylor Bowdoin, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (803.641.3492) to make an appointment to talk about the degree. Before meeting, take a close look at the USCA Bulletin for the full program description.

What are some examples of themes for a program of study?
Sometimes students have linked courses in biology and anatomy to courses in the fine arts to study “Medical Illustration.”  Courses in political science and history might join with courses in economics to study “Political Economy.” Virtually any combination is possible, so long as it can be justified in some reasonable way and USCA has the necessary faculty and courses to support the proposal.

Is there any chance that the Advisory Committee might reject my proposed course of study?
Yes.  The Committee’s job is to be sure that each student embarks on a rigorous and demanding course of study.  For this reason, it is very important to assemble your proposal in very close consultation with the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator.

Can I get a job with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?
There never are any guarantees.  However, many studies tell us that employers want to hire people who can communicate clearly, think critically, and who have the imagination to see problems from an original perspective. These are exactly the kinds of skills a well-planned degree in Interdisciplinary Studies can build.

Could I get into medical school, law school, or some other graduate school with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?
A good education isn’t about training for a particular job, but developing the skills to do any job well.  These kinds of graduate programs, especially, look for the kinds of well-rounded applicants who would be drawn to, or who have benefitted from, an interdisciplinary perspective.