BA Interdisciplinary Studies

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and think critically about the assumptions, strategies, and potential biases underlying discipline-based and interdisciplinary inquiries.
  2. Conduct interdisciplinary research and/or engage in creative activities that incorporate and synthesize information, theory, and methodological approaches from more than one discipline in a culturally-competent way.
  3. Apply interdisciplinary approaches to understand, contextualize, and propose solutions to complex issues or problems, especially those relating to students’ emphasis areas.
  4. Communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
  5. Collaborate productively in pluralistic settings and with people of diverse experiences, identities, and worldviews.
  6. Make reasoned, ethical, and socially responsible decisions.
  7. Engage in self-motivated and self-directed learning, in order to become life-long learners.
  8. Employ the intellectual and practical skills necessary to create and engage with a more inclusive, just and equitable world.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No Major or Support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

Introductory-level Interdisciplinary Course
Select from the following: 14
Race, Culture, and Politics in the United States
United States Cultures
Comparative Social Movements
Introduction to Science, Technology & Society
Multicultural Society and the Mass Media
Media, Self and Society
Religion, Dialogue, and Society
Gender and Sexuality in US Society and Politics
Gender and Sexuality in Visual and Popular Culture
ISLA 201Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies4
ISLA 255Introduction to Interdisciplinary Theory and Methods4
Basic Statistics Course
Select from the following: 1,24
Introduction to Statistical Reasoning (B4)
Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B4)
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B4)
Communication Course
Select from the following: 1,34
Organizational Communication
Media Criticism
Advanced Rhetorical Inquiry and Composing
Translingual Rhetorical Inquiry and Writing
Technical Editing
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing 4
Intergroup Dialogues
Upper-Division ISLA Electives
Select from the following: 1,38
Science Communication
Values and Technology
Topics in Public Engagements with STEM 4
Topics and Issues in Values, Media and Culture 4
Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and Whiteness
Media Arts and Technologies: Storytelling
Media Arts and Technologies: Cinematic Process
The Global Environment
ISLA 355Interdisciplinary Research Methods4
ISLA 440Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar 4,54
ISLA 461Senior Project4
See list of Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations below.32
(See GE program requirements below.)68
Free Electives 640
8 units of free electives may need to be at the 300-400 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units of upper-division courses.
Total units180


Students may select one of the following concentrations:

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 4 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 68 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives8
Total units68