2016-2017 Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)


The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a major from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students learn to gather knowledge from a range of disciplines when considering a specific issue or problem, and to then integrate that knowledge into a solution. The goal is to improve a student’s ability to think critically, recognize biases, and act ethically.

There are several pathways to earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, namely: 1) Integrated Studies B.A. or B.S.; 2) Women and Gender Studies B.A.; 3) Peace Studies B.A.; and 4) Customized Plan of Study B.A. or B.S.

The Integrated Studies Pathway is built on the foundation of the successful Humanities and Integrated Studies program for first-year students. Women and Gender Studies and Peace Studies are high-quality, long-standing programs at UND. These pathways are described elsewhere, but the major is administered through IDS.

Students in the Customized Plan of Study Pathway can take charge of their own education by designing a plan of study focusing on a topic of interest, in consultation with the program director and, if appropriate, one or more other UND faculty advisors. In these individualized tracks, students undertake an in-depth study of a topic area of their choice that synthesizes information and research from two or more disciplines. 

College of Arts and Sciences


B.A. or B.S. with Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Required 125 credits, 36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements. It is recommended that students include at least one semester, if not a full year, of Integrated Studies.

II. A minimum of 36 credits, including:

IDS 280Learning Across Disciplines3
IDS 491Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar (not repeatable)1-3
IDS 498Senior Project (repeatable to 6)3

The remainder of the 36 credits will be chosen from appropriate specified disciplines, including 12 or more hours from one discipline.


IDS 280. Learning Across Disciplines. 3 Credits.

The course will examine the nature of disciplines and fields and the way in which knowledge is organized. Basic assumptions and orientations will be compared and contrasted for scientific, social scientific, and humanities areas. Current literature in the field of interdisciplinary studies will be presented. F,S.

IDS 399. Interdisciplinary Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Topics, problems, or texts that connect or draw upon two or more academic disciplines will be studied. Repeatable when topics vary. Regular or S/U grading. Repeatable to 9 credits. F,S,SS.

IDS 491. Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

This seminar will be organized by the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program to act as a point of reference for students working on their Senior Projects in the program. The projects will vary from semester to semester, so the focus will shift accordingly. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: IDS 280. Corequisite: IDS 498. S.

IDS 495. Service and Citizenship. 3 Credits.

Students will design community service projects, or will join existing projects, and engage in volunteer action during the semester. Class meetings on campus will center on a critical discussion of volunteerism and community service; current literature on service learning will be studied. Self-assessment of experiential learning outcomes, as well as a portfolio and essay will be required. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. F,S,SS.

IDS 498. Senior Project. 3 Credits.

The project will be designed on an area of interest which the student has defined. It will include data or material from a variety of disciplines or fields which the student finds relevant to the issue under study. The student will synthesize the cross-cutting information into a creative/original whole and discuss applications of this new approach. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisite: IDS 280. Corequisite: IDS 491. Repeatable to 6 credits. F,S.

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