Melissa Hovsepian, PhD, Program Director
The Bachelor of Science with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies (BS-IS) degree program permits students to select those courses that most interest them and to present 36 upper-level semester credit hours of those courses as their major. The degree shares the basic core curriculum with other degrees and includes a distribution of courses to ensure a good academic foundation. Since the degree is interdisciplinary, it is often a suitable degree completion alternative for transfer students and for students who wish to pursue a multidisciplinary degree that meets their academic and professional interests. Although a minor is not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete one or more, using the required area of concentration as a basis.
Graduates are qualified to undertake a variety of employment or community service opportunities and challenges. By careful selection of courses with the help of a college advisor, students who complete the degree can prepare themselves for advancement in their current position, new directions in their career path, and a variety of post-baccalaureate programs. Students should consider taking advantage of the option to complete up to 6 upper-level credit hours of field experience or internship.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates who earn a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies will:
- Be able to produce clear, mature, well-organized college-level writing which uses proper grammar and sentence structure.
- Be able to:
- research topics in one or more arts/science disciplines;
- articulate a well-stated purpose or argument;
- use research to advance the thesis of the paper; and
- cite sources correctly in original papers.
- Be able to apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to work-based task or project.
- Be able to use software to produce documents which are professional in appearance.
Consistent with the University of Houston-Downtown’s commitment to quality undergraduate education, the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program adopts this policy regarding admissions, the declaration of majors, course enrollment, and degree requirements.
Admission and Declaration of Major
Students continuing at UHD who meet the following criteria may be admitted into the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program as a declared major:
- UHD GPA of 2.00 or higher
Students transferring to UHD who meet the following criteria may be admitted into the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program as a declared major:
- Transfer GPA of 2.00 or higher
Students who meet Freshman Admissions criteria may be admitted into the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program as a declared major upon admission to UHD.
Students who do not meet the criteria above do not qualify for admission into the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program and will be classified as Pre-Interdisciplinary Studies majors.
Dismissal from the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program
Students admitted to the degree program who seek to change their major must submit that request in writing to be released from the degree program.
Students admitted to the degree program whose UHD GPA falls below 2.0 for three consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension in accordance with the current UHD Catalog. Students placed on academic suspension may be dismissed from the program.
If a student subsequently seeks readmission to the degree program, s/he must reapply and meet the admission and declaration standards in effect at the time of the reapplication.
Satisfaction of Prerequisites
Prerequisites are NOT optional. Prerequisites ARE requirements or courses that must be completed PRIOR to taking a course. The prerequisites for a course are described in the catalog course descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that s/he meets the prerequisites prior to enrollment in a course. If the student enrolls and does not meet the prerequisites, s/he may be administratively withdrawn from the course at any time. Any variance in prerequisite requirements or this policy must be obtained in writing from the program director prior to enrollment in the course.
Course Approvals and Advising
Students admitted to the degree program will be advised by University College advisors and will be granted self-advising privileges as long as they maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above and they follow all prerequisites.