Interdisciplinary Studies

Design Your Own Degree Program


The increasing complexity of global issues often requires that problems be approached from multiple perspectives. Emerging career paths may require greater flexibility in course selection than is available within a single discipline. The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program is an exciting and dynamic degree program that allows students to combine coursework from various disciplines while designing a curriculum that meets their academic and career goals.

IDS offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students also may choose to participate in the Three-Plus-One Program, which allows them to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree by completing 90 hours at USC Upstate and 30 semester hours (one year) of coursework at an approved, accredited professional school like Sherman College of Chiropractic. The IDS major is available to students at all levels of their academic careers including freshman and transfer students. Currently, more than 250 students are choosing to major in IDS.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies also offers the Nonprofit Administration Minor.  

Interdisciplinary Studies degree requirements for previous academic years may be found on the academic catalog page.

Student Learning Outcomes

Goals Outcomes
1. Students will demonstrate the ability to address an issue from an interdisciplinary perspective.

1.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to develop an original thesis that addresses a topic using at least two disciplines.

1.2 Students will be able to apply library research methods to locate academic information from at least two disciplines to adequately address a research thesis.

 2. Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking.

2.1 Students will be able to integrate information and ideas from at least two disciplines.

2.2 Students will be able to draw inferences from source information.

3. Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

3.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to establish a clear purpose and an appropriate awareness of audience in both written and oral formats.

3.2 Students will demonstrate effective organization and coherence of content using both written and oral delivery methods.

3.3 A sample of senior seminar papers will be evaluated by a group of faculty using a scoring rubric: IDS Major Survey

3.4 A sample of senior seminar presentations and papers will be evaluated by a group of faculty using a scorning rubric: IDS Major Survey.