Sep 19, 2020  
2010-2011 General Catalog 
2010-2011 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Interdisciplinary Studies, BA

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of American Sign Language IV (COMD 4920 ) and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Deafness (COMD 4780 ), and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Academic Advisement:

College of Agriculture

Lisa Allen, (435) 797-0454,

Caine College of the Arts

Mary Leavitt, (435) 797-3883,

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Terri Gass, (435) 797-1443,

Humanities and Social Sciences (college containing)

Mary Leavitt, (435) 797-3883,

College of Natural Resources

Brian Shirley, (435) 797-2448,

College of Science

Richard Mueller, (435) 797-2479,

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA)


The organization of academic departments and their associated degree programs reflects the history and traditions of study in those fields. The Interdisciplinary Studies major is intended to serve the needs of students who want to design a unique individualized academic program, obtain a broadly-based education, and diversify their professional potential. The degree is not intended to replace existing majors or curricula. Rather, it is designed to provide the small number of students whose degree needs cannot be met with other majors with a program which is less restrictive and more responsive to their individual plans and interests. Students who complete their programs will receive the Bachelor of Science or (if they meet the language requirement) the Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree cannot be used as part of a dual major.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is available through the following six colleges: Agriculture; Caine College of the Arts; Education and Human Services; Natural Resources; Science; and the college containing the humanities and social sciences. However, the major is not available to students enrolled in the Huntsman School of Business, the College of Engineering, or the Department of Computer Science. The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is also available through the University’s Regional Campuses and Distance Education centers.

Students who think the Interdisciplinary Studies major may be right for them, but are not sure, should ask themselves the following questions:

  1. Students must have a minimum of 45 semester credits completed before the major may be declared. Do I have 45 or more semester credits on my transcript? If not, how close am I?
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies cannot duplicate existing majors. Have I explored the educational opportunities at USU? Have I reviewed the General Catalog to see what is already available at USU? Have I visited Career Services (University Inn 102) to explore career development programs? Why don’t any of the existing majors meet my needs?
  3. Which areas of study am I proposing to combine? Do they logically go together? Does USU offer the areas of study I am proposing to combine? What would the program I am proposing lead me to? Are there job opportunites out there?
  4. If my degree crosses two or more colleges, which college would I propose to serve as the lead college?

If, after reviewing the above, students feel that they have a unique interest in a subject matter and USU can help, this may be the right major for them. Interested students should make an appointment with the advising center in the college from which the degree will be awarded.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply for admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies major after completing 45 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, submitting an Application for Interdisciplinary Studies, and receiving approval for the Application.

Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need to complete a minimum of 45 credits, achieve the required GPA, and have an approved Application for Interdisciplinary Studies for admission to this major in good standing.

Students who wish to pursue the degree must submit a letter of application containing the following information:

  1. A clear statement of the student’s educational objectives.
  2. A proposed program of study including specific courses and listing the faculty member the student proposes to work with on the final thesis or project.
  3. A brief statement explaining why the student feels the proposed program is worthy of a college degree.

A current unofficial transcript must be attached to the application. The application should be discussed with and reviewed by the student’s major advisor.

Additional Information

Students interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree should contact the advising center in the college from which the degree will be awarded. Students who would like to explore the degree, but are unsure which college they should enroll in, can find further information at:

Students exploring whether or not the Interdisciplinary Studies major is right for them should review the major requirement sheet, which can be found online at:

For students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Studies major, the requirement sheet provides details of major requirements, as well as a worksheet for students


Students will work with a faculty member or members who will assist in course selection and will oversee the successful completion of the 45 credits in the program. Courses selected must provide coherent, carefully planned programs of study in the area of interest, which must involve two or more disciplines. Courses used for University Studies Breadth Requirements and courses used for Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA), Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC), and Depth Social Sciences (DSS) may be counted toward the degree only with the permission of the college advisor. However, courses meeting the Communications Intensive (CI) and Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirements may be applied toward requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Courses used to meet the 45-credit minimum requirement may come from any department, with the following restrictions:

  1. At least 21 of the 45 credits must be numbered 3000 or above.
  2. Courses used for the major must include at least 15 credits each from two different disciplines. A maximum of 3 internship credits may be counted toward the major. Note: Some colleges may require that more than 15 credits counted toward the major be taught by departments within their college; check with the college advisor for further information.
  3. The coursework must focus on an overarching theme and must be consistent with the student’s educational and career goals.
  4. As part of the 45 credits, students must complete a 3-credit senior project, thesis, or capstone course supervised by their faculty advisor.
  5. Students must pass every course approved for the program of study and must earn a composite GPA of at least 2.0 in the 45 credits of coursework used for the major. Note: Some colleges may have a higher GPA requirement; check with the college advisor for further information.
  6. Courses used for the major may be used for a minor or to fill University Studies Breadth requirements only with the permission of the college advisor.