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Interdisciplinary University Studies (IDSC)

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary University Studies allows students to attain a broad education and acquire diverse skill sets unique to a profession they desire to enter. Students seeking an Interdisciplinary University Studies degree have the opportunity to create a personalized academic program by customizing a curriculum that demonstrates proficiency in broad skills as well as discipline-specific knowledge.

Admission is determined by application. For admission, a student must first complete Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies (IDSC 2190) with a grade of C or better and complete a program application that includes an application essay and an approved individualized plan of study. In the Foundations course, students learn about interdisciplinary studies in general and also craft an individualized degree plan. Students must have completed at least 30 hours of coursework prior to being admitted. Students with more than 90 hours of coursework must receive special permission to be admitted to the major.

Beginning in fall 2015, incoming freshmen admitted into the Honors College will be allowed to declare IDSC as their major. Students who do this must take IDSC 2190 during their first or second semester enrolled in classes at Auburn and have a completed and approved plan of study before the start of their third semester at Auburn. They will be required to take ENGL 1120 or 1127 as a co-requisite for IDSC 2190 if they do not have advanced placement credit for the first composition course. Honors College students who fail to pass IDSC 2190 with a grade of C or better or who fail to submit a plan of study and essay during their first or second semester enrolled at Auburn will be required to declare a new major at the start of their third semester enrolled at Auburn.  The individual plan of study developed by an Honors College student will be reviewed  by the Director of IDSC to determine if the plan meets the requirements of the major.

Students who have completed Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies (IDSC 2190) with a grade of C or better may submit an application. Students admitted to the major must also earn a grade of C or better in Public Speaking (COMM 1000), and in one written communication class to be selected from Technical Writing ENGL 3040), Business Writing (ENGL 3080) or Advanced Composition (ENGL 4000). Students may elect to use COMM 1000 to meet 3 hours of the Humanities Core requirements. All students must also complete a capstone experience (IDSC 4930 or IDSC 4980) with a grade of S inIDSC 4930 or a grade of C or better in IDSC 4980. In the capstone experience, students integrate acquired knowledge through a research project (IDSC 4930), service learning project (IDSC 4980), or an internship program (IDSC 4980). Students must earn 3 hours of capstone credit and may earn a maximum of 6 hours of capstone credit. Students electing to take the capstone course twice must use elective hours for the additional three hours. There must be at least one semester between the time the student takes IDSC 2190 and either IDSC 4930 or IDSC 4980.

The student creates two or three identifiable areas of emphasis using coursework from two or three different Schools or Colleges. The major must have a total of 45 hours of approved coursework. If a student elects to have two areas of emphasis they must have at least 21 hours of coursework in one emphasis (the majority of which is from one college or school) and up to 24 hours in the other (the majority of which is from the second college or school) for a total of 45 hours. If a student elects to have three areas of emphasis they must have 15 hours of coursework in each emphasis. Students with three areas of emphasis may use existing minors as emphasis areas or they may work with the faculty advisor in a specific area to develop an emphasis. Twenty-five of the 45 hours in the major must be at or above the 3000 level. If a student elects to use existing minors and a minor requiring more than 15 hours is selected the student must complete the entire minor.  Minors used as emphases become part of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree and will not be listed on the official transcript or the diploma.

Additional information about the major can be found at http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/undergrad_studies/IDSC.

 Curriculum in Interdisciplinary University Studies

Auburn University Core Curriculum (old or new core curriculum)41-42
Introductory Course to Interdisciplinary Studies 13
Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies
Interdisciplinary Supporting Coursework
Oral Communications 1,23
Advanced Written Communication 13
Select one of the following: (each course is 3 hours)
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Advanced Composition
Capstone Experience 13
Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience
Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience
Major Course Hours 3,445
Prerequisites/Major Supporting Courses/Electives 5Varies
Minimum Number of Required Hours120

Must have grade of C or better (S inIDSC 4980).


Oral Communication (COMM 1000) may be used to satisfy 3 hours of Humanities in the University Core Curriculum.


Major course hours are used to calculate the GPA in the major.


Total of 45 hours selected across two emphases (at least 21 hours in one emphasis and no more than 24 hours in the second emphasis) or across three emphases (each with 15 hours). Emphases must be selected from at least two different Schools or Colleges. Approval of the appropriate faculty advisor, program director or department head for courses in each emphasis is required. Students may use existing minors for emphases. The Director of the IDSC Program must approve the application for admission to the degree program.


Total number of prerequisite/major supporting course/elective hours varies depending on choices made. Students who elect to use existing minors with more than 15 hours must use elective hours to complete the minor; students who elect to take a second capstone must use elective hours for the second course. Elective hours may also be used to allow the student to complete a minor outside of their areas of emphasis and must be used to bring the total number of hours in the students degree plan to 120. The minors used as emphases become part of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree and will not be listed on the offical transcript or diploma.