In addition to completion of the individually designed plan of study as approved by faculty members overseeing the undergraduate programs inside each emphasis, all majors must fulfill Auburn University’s general education requirements (Core Curriculum) and the following specific IDSC requirements:
This introductory course examines the fundamental concepts of interdisciplinary theory with a strong emphasis on career exploration. Students will be taught basic theories of interdisciplinary thinking and will conceptualize their own interdisciplinary goals. In addition to completing personal career assessments, students will also produce a written prospectus as a primary product of the course.
The written prospectus (detailed plan of study) defines the intended major and outlines the curriculum. The student must demonstrate the relationship between the chosen fields and how the combination relates to the student’s intended educational and career goals. With the assistance of a Career Development Services counselor, each student is required to design a unique program of study and identify how he or she plans to assess the plan in order for it to be approved. Students are also required to demonstrate that their proposed plan is a feasible method of entry into an established job field or graduate program of study.
Students must complete a capstone course in which they apply their knowledge of the interdisciplinary discipline to a service-learning, professional internship or thesis project. The capstone project should adequately recognize all academic areas and concentrations the student has completed as part of the degree. Prior approval is required from the Faculty Oversight Committee. IDSC 4930 is composed of an academic research project/paper. IDSC 4980 is an internship or service learning project with a final paper assessing the project. IDSC students are required to locate a supervising faculty member from one of their emphasis areas. The faculty supervisor must be a full-time member of the Auburn University faculty with a rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. In the case of UNIV 4930, the faculty member will assist in the development of the research project/paper and will evaluate the outcome of the project. In the case of IDSC 4980, the faculty member will evaluate the project experience paper.
Students must complete a 3-hour capstone course and may elect to earn up to 6 hours of capstone credit. Students who chose to complete a second 3-hour capstone may take either IDSC 4930 or 4980. The process of capstone approval will be the same for the additional capstone course as for the required course. Students will use elective hours if they chose to take a second capstone course.
Auburn University Core Curriculum (old or new core curriculum)
Introductory Course to Interdisciplinary Studies 1
IDSC 2190 – Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies
Advanced Written Communication1
Select one of the following: (each course is 3 hours)
ENGL 3040 – Technical Writing
ENGL 3080 – Business Writing
ENGL 4000 – Advanced Composition
IDSC 4930 – Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience or
Or IDSC 4980 – Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience
Major Course Hours3,4
Prerequisites/major Supporting Courses/Electives
Minimum Number of Required Hours5
In addition to the required major and Interdisciplinary coursework, students must also complete the following:
Students desiring an IDSC degree must get approval of their individual degree plan of study from the minor advisors or other designated faculty members in the concentrated areas selected.
At least 25 of the 45 hours in the major must be at the 3000 level or higher. Courses in the major that are outside the College or School of the concentration areas must be at the 3000 level or higher.