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.

Select from the following:4
Race, Culture and Politics in the United States
Introduction to Science, Technology & Society
Religion, Dialogue, and Society
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the United States
Select from the following:4
Business and Professional Communication
Corporate Communication
Technical Editing
Select from the following (D2): 14
Modern Political Economy
International Political Economy
ISLA 201Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies4
ISLA 355Interdisciplinary Research Methods4
ISLA 440Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar 24
ISLA 461Senior Project4
PHIL 335Social Ethics (Upper-Division C) (USCP) 14
Select from the following: 34
Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Statistical Methods for Engineers
See list of concentrations in Interdisciplinary Studies below. 232
(See GE program requirements below.)64
Free Electives 448
Some Free Electives may need to be 300-400 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units upper-division. Consult college advisor for additional information.
Total units180


Students may select one of the following concentrations:

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 64 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 Reasoning4
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 C (4 units in Major) 10
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 10
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
Lower-Division F4
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 units64