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Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS)

Academically, interdisciplinary studies is defined as the combination of two or more disciplines (subject areas) in an effort to expand knowledge between those disciplines. The interdisciplinary studies program – toward the Bachelor of Science (BSIS) or the Bachelor of Arts (BAIS) – at Coastal Carolina University combines relevant coursework from multiple disciplines toward a specific career based on the student's interests and abilities. The program offers students the opportunity to develop an individualized program of study from across the traditional academic disciplines, and perform research to expand interdisciplinary knowledge.

The objective of the degree is to provide students whose educational and professional objectives do not fall within an established major to design a focused program of study. The program may also be of interest to long-term students, returning students, transfer students and adult learners whose specific educational objectives are determined by ongoing or intended employment opportunities.


The Student Experience

Students completing an interdisciplinary studies degree are required to create a concentration title for their personalized program of study. The concentration title is based on a minimum of 30 credit hours in advanced courses (300-499) completed by the student that address a common theme, focus on a specific career or academic goal, and integrate two or more disciplines. Sample concentration titles are listed below, or students may create their own:

  • Child Development and Learning
  • College Student Development
  • Human Studies and Social Services
  • Community Activism and Diversity
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Animal Behavior
  • Event Planning
  • Public Office and Campaigning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Studies
Beyond the Classroom

Interdisciplinary studies students are career focused individuals. All students in the major are encouraged to participate in one or more internships during their enrollment at Coastal Carolina University. Students can work as interns during their fall, spring, or summer semesters if their schedules permit.

The internship course in our major is titled Experiential Internship (IDS 495). This course may be taken for credit anywhere between 3 and 12 credit hours. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours combined. As of the 2014 catalog, only 9 of these credits can be included in the major concentration. Students must commit to a set number of credit hours up front to enroll in the course, at the rate of 40 work hours per 1 credit hour.


All CCU students of any major must complete the Freshman Graduation Requirement, the Core Curriculum, and meet all university standards. Substitutions and waivers may apply for transfer students. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all Major Requirements listed below.

Major Foundations

ENGL 211: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing. (3) (Prereq: ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better) Students read and analyze examples of technical, scientific, and professional writing. Writing assignments may include formal and informal reports, sets of instructions, research papers, annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, process analyses, position papers, or mechanism descriptions. Revising and editing skills are taught. F, S, Su.
[or equivalent course]

IDS 310: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. (3) This course examines both theoretical approaches and practical applications of interdisciplinary in today’s world, with special emphasis on the interdisciplinary research process. F, S.

Major Concentration

Approved Program Courses. (30) Thirty credits of 300 level or above coursework approved for the individual student program by the University Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. No more than 16 credits from any one discipline may be used to satisfy the program. A maximum of six (6) credits for Directed Study and three (3) to nine (9) credits for Internship may be used to fulfill the degree requirements. The student’s completed program must reflect a minimum of thirty-six credit hours at the 300 level or above. At least 12 credit hours in major requirements and 30 total credit hours must be completed at Coastal Carolina University.

Major Research Project

IDS 398: Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies. (3) (Restricted to Interdisciplinary Studies Majors) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to principles and characteristics of approaches and methodologies relevant to research in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will begin designing their capstone research project for IDS 499.

IDS 499: Capstone Research Project in Interdisciplinary Studies. (3) (Prereq: IDS 398) Capstone course required of all Interdisciplinary Studies students for graduation. Students plan and complete an original research project under the guidance and supervision of the instructor. The topic selected must be related to the student's Interdisciplinary Studies area of emphasis. Seminar sessions focus on the principles, procedures, and problems of executing a senior-level research project. Students present project results in both written and oral form. F, S, Su.

Mathematics and Sciences (BSIS only)

Students engaging in coursework applicable to a Bachelor of Science must additionally complete MATH 160 with a grade of C or better and a minimum of twelve (12) hours of upper division (300 level or above) credits in mathematics or the sciences.

MATH 160: Calculus I. (4) (Prereq: MATH 130 or MATH 130I and a grade of ‘C’ or better in MATH 131, or a grade of ‘C’ or better in MATH 135, or Mathematics Placement Test) Limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of the derivative to curve sketching, optimization and related rates. F, S, Su.

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Matthew Wood, N.C.C.
Academic Advisor and Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies Program
University College
Kearns Hall 213C

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