Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A. or B.S.)
What is Interdisciplinary Studies? This program empowers students to design a personalized
educational journey by integrating diverse disciplines, fostering a dynamic learning
experience. We recognize that traditional majors may not always align with unique
academic aspirations. Here, students collaborate with dedicated advisors to construct
a curriculum that transcends disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to delve into
a rich tapestry of knowledge.
About This Program
Interdisciplinary Studies is a program for students who wish to design their own degree
path and incorporate more than one area of study to enhance academic flexibility.
FAMU encourages students to make intellectual connections.
One way our students can break new ground is through a major in interdisciplinary
Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate degree will be offered
the opportunity to develop competencies across a variety of disciplines and combine
previous academic coursework that will lead to a high-quality education at Florida
Because of the unique nature of this program, first-time-in-college (FTIC) and entering
transfer students will be required to complete at least 60 credit hours at the college
level prior to enrolling in the program.
In this degree, you can choose your classes as long as you meet the general education
requirements and work with an advisor to choose an emphasis (or two) and a minor.
You are also expected to take a class in or demonstrate computer literacy.
The BS/BAInterdisciplinary Studies degree will consist of 120 credit hours. Students will select, in
consultation with the advisor, least one core area of emphasis at thirty (30) hours
and one minor or two core areas of emphasis at fifteen (15) hours each and one minor.
The two areas of study combined must contain at least twelve (12) upper level hours
and they cannot overlap with each other or the minor. If a student chooses one core
area of emphasis of 30 hours, a minimum of twelve (12) hours at the upper level must
be completed within the selected core area. Students select from nine core areas of
emphasis from the following list:
Visual and Performing Arts
Communication and Design
Only grades of “C” (2.0) or better in each course are accepted in the students’ selected
area of emphasis in their degree plan. In addition to the area of emphasis, students
are required to complete a minor as part of the IDS degree.
To satisfy minor requirements, students must complete at least 15 hours in a single
discipline or select from a list of pre-designated minors. In some cases, students
will be required to contact the department in which they plan to seek a minor to determine
the requirements. Prior to selecting a minor, students are encouraged to meet with
the IDS advisor.
The Bachelor of Science degree does not require 12 hours of foreign language; however,
students must have completed the foreign language admissions requirement in high school
or its equivalent in college credits in order to graduate. In contrast, students pursuing
the Bachelor of Arts degree must satisfy the foreign language requirement of 12 credit
The program requires students to be computer literate by taking an appropriate course
or by demonstrating mastery of certain computer competencies.
Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits for the Interdisciplinary Studies degree, of which thirty nine (39) hours must be at the 3000/4000
level and have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to graduate.