Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Do you have a desire to help others? Are you concerned about your community or the environment? Is there an advocacy group or a professional organization that you would like to promote? Let that desire become a part of your degree program by minoring in non-profit administration.

    Non-profit organizations comprise an industry that covers a broad range of purposes with spheres of influence ranging from National Public Radio to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to the World Wildlife Fund. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (2014) predicts that between 2012 and 2022, the non-profit job outlook will increase 21 percent. The purpose of the non-profit administration minor is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in nonprofit organizations. The non-profit administration minor consists of 7 classes (21 credit hours).

    Required Core Courses Credit Hours
    NPAD 301: The Non-profit Sector in the United States 3
    NPAD 302: Non-profit Leadership 3
    NPAD 303: Non-profit Financial Administration 3
    Choose one of the following courses:  
    NPAD 399: Independent Study 3
    NPAD 499: Field Experience in Non-profit Leadership 3
    Choose one of the following courses:  
    JOUR 350: Social and Emerging Media 3
    INFO 201: Concepts of Info Management & Systems 3
    Choose one of the following courses:  
    POLI 101: American National Government 3
    SOCY 101: Introduction to Sociology  3
  • USC Upstate awards the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) to a student who has satisfactorily completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate work and one year (30 semester hours) of work in an approved accredited professional school, provided the applicant has:

    • made application to the interdisciplinary studies program at USC Upstate;
    • satisfied all general education and B.A. or B.S. option requirements for the interdisciplinary studies degree, with all minimum grade requirements met;
    • completed a minimum of 42 semester hours of junior- and senior-level courses;
    • completed at least 30 semester hours of courses in the IDS program;
    • submitted a notice of intent, approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, prior to leaving USC Upstate to enter the professional, postgraduate school; and
    • submitted official documents from the approved professional school demonstrating satisfactory completion of the first year of full-time study leading to a post-baccalaureate degree.

    A degree other than interdisciplinary studies may be awarded if the combination of course work taken at USC Upstate and the professional school is equivalent to the work required for another bachelor’s degree program at USC Upstate. In such a case, the school in which the degree is offered may recommend awarding that bachelor’s degree.

  • The USC Upstate pre-chiropractic program is designed to meet the admission requirements for Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.

    USC Upstate has a 3+1 program with Sherman College to enable a student to complete Sherman admission requirements at USC Upstate, enter Sherman College and receive a bachelor's degree from USC Upstate after satisfactory completion of the first year at Sherman.   

    For more information about this program, contact USC Upstate Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at 864-503-5703, or Dr. Yancy McDougal, Chair of IDS.

    Sherman College Admission Requirements and Information:
    A minimum of 90 semester hours is required for admission to Sherman College. 
    Of the 90 hours required for traditional admission, 24 must be life and/or physical sciences with corresponding labs for half, and 15 hours must be in the humanities, social and/or behavioral sciences. 

    Chiropractic school requirements for traditional admission:

      • 90 semester hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences, half with substantive lab component, with a grade of “C” or higher 
      • 15 semester hours in humanities, social and behavioral sciences, with a grade of “C” or higher 

    If you have an overall GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 and/or less than the required hours in the sciences, you may be eligible for the Alternative Admission Track Plan (AATP).  

    Chiropractic school requirements for the AATP

    • 90 semester hours with a GPA of 2.75 or higher  
    • 12 semester hours in life and physical sciences preferred


    For more information contact:
    Yancy McDougal, Ph.D. 
    Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies