Interdisciplinary Studies

  • IDS

    What is Interdisciplinary Studies?

    The Bachelor of Science with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies allows students who desire a broad and flexible program of study the opportunity to integrate more than one disciplinary interest in formulating their degree path. Through this interdisciplinary degree, students acquire and integrate relevant disciplinary perspectives in order to address contemporary political, social, scientific, and humanitarian questions facing their local and global communities. Grounded in principles that promote diversity, community engagement, and social change, a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies prepares students well for the modern workplace and advanced degrees where interdisciplinary approaches offer a unique contribution.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements. Only admission to Kennesaw State University is required to declare this major.

    Interdisciplinary Major Field Options

    • AADS: African and African Diaspora Studies
    • ASIA: Asian Studies
    • AMST: American Studies
    • GWST: Gender and Women's Studies
    • ISD: Interdisciplinary Studies
    • LALS: Latin American/Latino Studies
    • LDRS: Leadership Studies
    • PAX: Peace Studies
    • RELS: Religious Studies
    • STS: Science, Technology, and Society Studies

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Diversity & Community Engagement Certificate
    • African and African Diaspora Studies Minor
    • Asian Studies Minor
    • Comparative American Studies Minor
    • Gender and Women’s Studies Minor
    • Latin American and Latinx Studies Minor
    • Leadership Studies Minor
    • Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor
    • Peace Studies Minor
    • Religious Studies Minor

    Sample Classes

    • In this course, learners explore how the power of integrative thinking and methods can be leveraged toward a more socially just and inclusive society. Using the framework of intersectionality, learners examine the interdependent systems of discrimination, disadvantage, and inequity experienced by individuals or groups related to the individual’s or groups’ interconnected identity characteristics. Using social constructivist pedagogies, learners function as a community in which they explore and share their own interdisciplinary expertise and perspectives to articulate problems and conceptualize solutions related to social justice and inclusion.

    • In this course, students actively participate in efforts to increase public, democratic, participation in science through critical science literacy. This course allows students to understand science in context. Students become more familiar with understanding how basic scientific research is conducted and are introduced to critical understandings of science in society.

    • In this course, students increase their interdisciplinary understanding of complex global issues facing our contemporary world. Students explore how significant issues are shaped and perceived by global forces, international institutions, and cultural norms, and how local, regional, and national communities and identities are impacted by and connected to those issues. This course is interdisciplinary in nature, and draws on concepts, sources, and theories from within and beyond the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

    • In this course, students explore connections between leadership and various forms of community engagement. Differences between civic engagement, civic responsibility, community service, service learning, advocacy, and activism are examined in conjunction with leadership approaches and models aimed at effecting social change. Students apply principles of these engaged leadership models while designing and implementing community-based team projects that influence social change. Students leave the course with an understanding of how engaged leaders can impact their communities.