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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts in (B.A.I.S.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.I.S.)

Description of the Major

Interdisciplinary Studies offers highly motivated and intellectually curious students the opportunity to develop an individualized, innovative and integrated major. As an alternative to a traditional major, self-directed students are engaged and mentored by faculty to build a program of study around a specific area of interest. Often students might bring together interrelated issues, topics, themes, specific cultural studies or uniquely personal programs of study. 

The bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies degree is focused around complex issues and real world applicability. All students will engage in higher order thinking skills including critical analysis, evaluation, and creation of new academic ideas. These skills are utilized through an individual research project and are a marketable skill set for current and future employment.

The interdisciplinary studies degree focuses on upper level coursework and at least 50 percent of the major could be scheduled with a distance learning classes. This may be of particular interest to transfer students, working adults and returning students.

Interdisciplinary Studies is recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a regionally accredited degree in both Arts and Science. The major maintains annual membership in the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies professional organization.

The Student Experience

Interdisciplinary Studies students have an opportunity to develop a program of study that matches his or her unique interests, abilities, and values; therefore, there are as many programs of study as there are individuals. Students will complete coursework from two or more disciplines from across the university.

Beyond the Classroom

Interdisciplinary Studies students are encouraged to work with a career counselor from our Career Services Center to discover their unique abilities, interests, and values and match those to specific career fields. In addition, the major offers college credit for one or more internships in a field relevant to the individual. 

Students seek careers in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Entrepreneurship and General Business
  • Daycare and Private School Teaching
  • International and Intercultural Programs
  • Photojournalism and Social Media
  • Social Work and Government Services
  • Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Athletic Training and Event Planning

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Contact Information

Megan McIlreavy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Chair, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Kearns Hall 104D
843-349-2728
mmcilrea@coastal.edu

Agatha O'Brien Gayes
Academic Advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kearns Hall 213A
843-349-2720
aobrieng@coastal.edu

 

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