Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP): .A Degree for 21st Century Living


Creative, Flexible, and Uniquely Tailored Curriculum Designed to Enhance:  

Problem-solving, Employability, & Quality of Life

Interdisciplinary Degree Program
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Continuing Education and Special Programs
University of South Alabama


Louise Faye in Paris at her internship, helping to manage the French Paralympics.

Louise Fay in her internship office, French Paralympics, Paris, France

Adrienne Brown doing her internship at Camp Bighorn in Montana, Spring 2009

IDP Seniors Capstone Experience

IDP Seniors in Internship II Capstone Experience met with Dr. Millner, Department Chair, in the Mitchell Center. All students completed an internship and will produce a CD that describes an analysis of their experience, the internship organization and personal strengths as they relate to both personal and career development.


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In-ter-dis-ci-plin-ary De-gree Pro-gram n. 1. Innovative and highly flexible degree program at the University of South Alabama (USA). 2. Undergraduate major stressing interdisciplinary study. 3. Exciting new degree program at USA that enables students to work with their academic advisor to design a uniquely-tailored program of study. 4 . Academic home for multi-talented, multi-focused, and interdisciplinary-oriented undergraduate learners. [Syn: Exciting Academic Opportunity].

Inside the Interdisciplinary Degree Program: The IDP 54-hour concentration requirement is met by a uniquely-designed program of study that includes courses from three academic disciplines. IDP students, working in conjunction with an IDP advisor, will plan a unique course of study that leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree. The course of study, or concentration, is conceptually related to, and directly addresses, a particular educational and/or career need. There are several concentrations from which a student may choose, including: Administrative Sciences (B.S.), Applied Sciences (B.S.), Applied Arts (B.A.), Community Services (B.A.), Human Services (B.A.), Liberal Studies (B.A.), Professional Development (B.S.).

Why an Interdisciplinary Approach to Education : An interdisciplinary approach to education recognizes the important and necessary contributions of different fields of knowledge in the pursuit of truth and yet it seeks to integrate, if possible, or hold in tension, if necessary, disciplinary insights that enable us to more effectively ask the better questions that may ultimately enhance the well- being of all living entities. Put simply, interdisciplinarians are needed to work alongside disciplinarians to help us appreciate, solve, and/or manage complex problems that often go beyond the ability of those functioning from a single discipline of study.


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