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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (degree-only)

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (degree-only concentration) program is for students interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree without obtaining teacher certification. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Program Options

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies without teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. Visit the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of Core Curriculum requirements.

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core Courses

IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues

IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts

IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences

IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts

IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry

B. IDS Required Courses

IDS 2403 Physical Science

IDS 2413 Earth Systems Science

IDS 3201 Inquiry in Physical Science

IDS 3211 Inquiry in Earth Systems Science

MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I

MAT 1163 Essential Elements in Mathematics II

C. Area of Specialization

One area of specialization must be selected by the student seeking the IDS degree-only concentration. This involves a sequence of courses, with a minimum of 18–24 semester credit hours, including 6 hours at the upper-division level, in one specific area or discipline. The area of specialization should not include coursework in the IDS core or IDS required courses. Assistance in selection is available from the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center. Students are encouraged to select their area of specialization as early in their program as possible.

D. Electives

Upper-division courses to complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours. Advisors in the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center will assist interdisciplinary studies degree-only majors to use their electives to develop a coherent program of study using existing UTSA course offerings.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the program and graduate from the university are trained for careers in general education and education research.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Requirements for Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio:


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