Feb 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A. or B.S. Individually Designed Track

Catherine Jackson, Program Coordinator

Advisement for the major is available from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A. or B.S. Individually Designed Track Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

The Fulton School of Liberal Arts offers a major in interdisciplinary studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The major accommodates students who wish to develop programs of study in two or more disciplines or create a major in an area of study not offered by any traditional major at SU. This program allows students to create an individual and flexible major that is best suited to their interests or career goals. Most importantly, this program gives students the opportunity to integrate information across disciplines to help gain a more complete understanding of the chosen area of study.

Students wishing to major in interdisciplinary studies using two or three traditional disciplines should contact the interdisciplinary studies major coordinator, who will coordinate the development of the student’s proposed program of study. The student will also meet with designated representatives of their chosen areas of study to discuss and develop a selection of courses that best fits the goals of the student. The student must follow these guidelines in order to complete an approved program: 

  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in 300-/400-level courses from an approved program, including IDIS 335 - Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Studies  and IDIS 435 - Interdisciplinary Research Seminar , with grades of C or better

  • A minimum of 15 hours of upper-division work with C or better grades must be completed at Salisbury University.

  • Students select two-three subject areas from traditional University disciplines. An example of a program would be combining courses from biology and psychology for a student interested in neuroscience.

  • The program proposal must include a rationale for the cohesion of the areas of study and describe any potential career goals suitable for the program proposal. Program proposals should list any lower-division prerequisites to the courses chosen for the interdisciplinary studies major. Program proposals must be approved by designated representatives from the chosen subject areas before final approval is given by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies.

  • Upper-division courses (300/400 level) completed prior to receiving program approval may or may not be used for the interdisciplinary studies major, and no more than 18 such hours may be credited toward the major.

  • No more than two of the courses used to meet the interdisciplinary studies major may be used to meet minor or other major requirements.

  • For those seeking a B.A., demonstrate 102-level proficiency in a foreign language. (Details for fulfilling the requirement are found in Appendices  section, Appendix E.)

  • Any deviation from programs must be approved in writing by both the representative of the subject area and the major coordinator of interdisciplinary studies.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

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Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

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B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

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Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

Complete a Minimum of 30 Semester Hours in 300-/400-level Courses:

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