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2023-2024 University Catalog 
  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S.


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Student Learning Outcomes

 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for B.I.S. Interdisciplinary Studies 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of integrative learning as it relates to the attainment of educational goals in a research university and will apply that knowledge to design an integrative path through the curriculum and co-curriculum of the University of New Orleans. 

Students will efficiently access, critically and collaboratively evaluate, and effectively and ethically apply information to an intended question or purpose. 

Students will synthesize a problem statement and use it to reflectively integrate knowledge learned in both academic and experiential contexts, describe relevant communities of practice focused on the problem, identify and evaluate relevant academic and professional sources related to the problem, and apply that knowledge in an effective statement of purpose for continued engagement. 

Degree Program

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique and rigorous degree program administered by the Office of Academic Affairs at The University of New Orleans. The program provides versatility for students seeking to design a coherent academic plan through the process of integrative learning. Integrative Learning refers to the process of combining and coordinating academic elements into a whole or aggregate. IDS students develop an Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) with the guidance and assistance of professional staff. The ILP will incorporate a minimum of two subject areas that clearly represent a focus for studies. Students develop a learning experience that helps meet individual and professional goals while balancing work and life responsibilities with educational opportunities.

Specific requirements for the degree are:

  1. General Education Requirements:
    1. English Composition - 6 hours. ENGL 1157  and ENGL 1158 /ENGL 1159  or their equivalent. Completion of ENGL 1158  or ENGL 1159  with a grade of C or better.
    2. Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning - 6 hours.
    3. Natural/Life/Physical Sciences - 9 hours, including a six hour sequence in one science and an additional three hour course in another. One of the sciences must be Biological Sciences and the other one must be Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics.
    4. Humanities - 9 hours to include:
      • 3 hours in Literature.
      • 6 additional hours to be taken from the Departments of Film and Theater; English; Foreign Languages; History; Philosophy; Women’s and Gender Studies.
    5. Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 hours from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and/or Urban Studies.
    6. Fine Arts - 3 hours to be taken from the Fine Arts, Music, or theatre/dance/film-related courses in Film and Theater.
  2. IDS 1002    Making Connections: Introduction to Integrative Learning.
  3. IDS 2002    Introduction to Information Literacy and Scholarly Discourse.
  4. Integrative Learning Plan: Completion of an interdisciplinary component, representing a clearly defined focus of studies, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. The component will consist of at least two disciplines for a combined total of 36 hours. A minimum of 18 of the 36 hours must be completed with course work at the 3000-4999 level. At least half of the ILP (18-credit hours) to be completed after enrolling in the IDS program.
  5. IDS 4091  Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Seminar must complete with C or better.
  6. Single-Subject Limitation: A maximum of 30 hours of course work in any one subject can be counted toward credit for the degree. For this purpose, all course work offered in business, education, and engineering will be regarded as a single subject.
  7. Completion of a minimum of 33 hours of courses numbered 3000 or above, with a minimum of 18 hours applied to the ILP.
  8. Completion of a minimum of 120 hours of course work in courses numbered 1000 and above, with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
  9. No more than one-half the semester hours required for the completion of the IDS degree may be transferred from a community college.
  10. The last 30 hours of coursework must be completed in degree residency while enrolled with Interdisciplinary Studies. All hours must apply toward the major.

General Education Requirements


Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning


  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning  Credits: 3
  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning  Credits: 3

Science


2

  • BIOS Credits: 3
  • BIOS or Physical Science Credits: 6

Humanities


2

  • ENGL Literature Credits: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credits: 6

Social Sciences


2

  • Social Sciences elective Credits: 6

Arts


2

  • Arts elective Credits: 3

Total Credit Hours: 39


Other Requirements


  • ILP support, requisites or electives Credits: 36 3

Total Credit Hours: 36


Course Requirements for Major


Total Credit Hours: 42


Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. English Composition - 6 hours. ENGL 1157  and ENGL 1158 /ENGL 1159  or their equivalent. Completion of ENGL 1158  or ENGL 1159  with a grade of C or better.
  2. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. ILP is unique integrated learning plan of personal and professional interest to student. ILP developed with advising and choice of electives and requisites.
  4. Unique 36 hour ILP of personal and professional interest to student containing a minimum of two disciplines with minimum of 18 hours in coursework numbered 3000 or above within the ILP.

Four Year Plan of Study


First Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year of Enrollment


First Term


  • ENGL 2xxx (literature) Credits: 3
  • Natural Science Credits: 3
  • - Credits: 3
  • Elective/ILP requisite Credits: 3
  • Elective/ILP requisite Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • Natural Science Credits: 3
  • Elective/ILP requisite Credits: 3
  • Elective/ILP requisite Credits: 3
  • Elective/ILP requisite Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Year of Enrollment


First Term


  • Elective/ILP requisite Credits: 3
  • ILP @3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year of Enrollment


First Term


  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • ILP @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • Elective @ 3000-4999 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • - Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Degree Hours: 121


Unique Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) is developed through advising with IDS staff. Electives and ILP requisites are selected to support the student’s ILP, as well as their personal and professional interests.

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