Interdisciplinary Studies – A. A. Degree 60 – 61 credit hours

Major Description

The Associate of Arts Degree field of study in Interdisciplinary Studies provides students with a broad-based education in “college basics” that promotes critical thinking skills and allows for an opportunity to make an informed choice in educational preferences. The program offers transferable field of study selections in arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, computer applications, and mathematics. This field of study is an excellent transfer program that can be used towards the successful completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in any field.

Work Environment

An IDS Associate Degree program can lead to an Interdisciplinary Bachelor degree, a Bachelor degree in a traditional field of study and even graduate-level degrees at many colleges and universities. As the number of specialized jobs increase, the option to specifically tailor coursework through an Interdisciplinary Studies A.S. has become increasingly attractive.  Unlike some degrees that can apply to a range of careers upon completion, an Associate in Interdisciplinary Studies is usually chosen after a specific job or role has already been selected.  Roles that span multiple disciplines may be found in healthcare communications, legal linguistics, business and industrial psychology and many other areas, both technical and otherwise.

Potential Job Titles

Due to the massive range of possible IDS Associate programs, much of the economic and job success is job-dependent. Those who specifically tailored their course work and skills this way generally have favorable job opportunities, and an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a carefully selected course load is a good step toward jobs that cross conventional boundaries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the popularity of Interdisciplinary Studies programs has increased significantly, going from a 1996-1997 total of 9,182 to the 2006-2007 total of 15,830 degrees awarded by degree-granting institutions (